Sometimes I dream of having a minimalist kitchen with just the essentials to get the cooking done. Then I’d have less to take care of, and more counter space. The things I could do with more counter space….
Reality is I love my tools. I love quite a number of them. But this is about what I would buy if I could only have 6 tools. (Though I don’t think 6 tools will cut it.)
For a long time, I used a small paring knife for all my cutting. I would get aggravated because it was too small for some jobs like cutting carrots and cheese. Still I would use it. I was a little scared to use the chef’s knife my husband wielded so handily. He even offered to show me how to use it.
One day, I decided to use the chef’s knife, and I’ve never looked back. While it’s fantastic for cutting because of the better leverage, it can also function as a scoop after you’re done cutting the herbs or garlic. Secretly, I feel like a real cook now that I’m using the big knife.
The Kitchen Aid Mixer is a workhorse in my kitchen. Before this one, I had the regular Kitchen Aid for years. In fact, I received it as a wedding gift, and I worked it so hard that the motor started going. Time for a new one. Because this one is so big and heavy, it has a permanent spot on my counter. My only regret is not buying a second bowl for this Kitchen Aid. I did for my first one, and loved having the second bowl when I was making lots of cookies at Christmas time or double batches of pizza dough.
Oh, how I love my cast iron 12 inch skillet made by Lodge. I found mine in a thrift shop for about $5. I also have a smaller one, but this is truly my favorite. I use it almost every day to cook up a mess of veggies for dinner. The sides are steep enough for cooking meat like sausage.
While we have several wonderful pots including a huge copper pot, this All-Clad pot is the go-to large pot for pretty much everything. I cook all my soups in this pot because of the even cooking.
This KitchenAid Food Processor is another workhorse in my kitchen. Ours came with a small bowl (which we don’t use) and an assortment of attachments. For year, I shredded cheese by hand until I remembered the food processor had attachments for just that sort of task. I also use the food processor for shredding zucchini and pureeing canned tomatoes when my husband is making tomato sauce.
What are your must-have kitchen tools?
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