April 08, 2005

a borrowed link

Sweetnicks wrote that in this Sunday's issue of PARADE Magazine, Sheila Lukins of Silver Palate fame lists the 10 Kitchen Tools I Can't Live Without. They are listed here

But here's MY top ten (in no particular order)
1) silicone spatulas - I have at least a dozen, in lots of different colors, but my Trudeau "Greenie" is my favorite!
2) flexible, reusable cutting sheets - I buy them by the handful, too. Want a clean cutting surface, whip one of these out!
3) electric scale - I love to bake, this makes it so much easier to make my "pro" recipes, or to halve packages of stuff.
4) Spaetzle press & ricer - makes fluffy potatoes, smooshes apples, and makes spaetzle!!!
5) immersion blender - much easier to clean than a regular blender
6) wustoff chef's knife - 10 inches of carbon steel, baby.
7) coffee mill - never used for coffee, but used for turning dried spices into dust.
8) cast iron grill pan - great for any kind of meat, veggies, and even for making my version of chapati.
9) microplane - nothing is better for fluffy clouds of parmesan or delicate citrus zest.
10) wooden skewers - used for testing cakes, propping things up, holding things closed, and all sorts of other uses!

I could probably add a few more, but I'm about to go to Border rill with my sweetie!!
What's on your list?

Last thing I ate or drank: tic tacs, the white ones, this time!
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  1. Oh great, more things I need to get! ;) Thanks for the plug. :) Can you recommend a good immersion blender? I thought they were a great idea, and bought one, but it didn't work well and into the trash it went. Open to suggestions.

  2. I have a Black and Decker model, which I got at a garage sale for $2, and an "Everyday Living" one that I got at the grocery store for $10. The EL one has two speeds, the BD one has only one. They both work equally well, so I can't recommend one over the other.

    I'm wondering why yours didn't work?! They're not food processors, they're the same as regular blenders: they need lots of liquid to get the job done. I always find that if I'm going for a puree effect I'll keep adding liquid (milk, stock, juice or water, if I must) until it starts doing its blenderizing. Otherwise, it won't work properly. Did you use enough liquids?

  3. I think it was a Hamilton Beach one. I don't know why it didn't work. There was quite a lot of liquid, so I don't think that was the problem. I always see people using them, and liking them, so willing to give it another try.

  4. Other things I love include:

    Digital roasting thermometer -- mmm hassle-free roasting

    A good pair of tongs

    I really covet a stick blender. I'll hafta get one.

  5. Am I the only one who doesn't like the fluffy clouds of parmesan you get with a microplane? I still prefer the dense little pebbles you get with an old-fashioned grater.

    For zest, though, you can't beat the microplane.


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