Good food depends on the quality of cooking tools. Here is a list of must-have kitchen tools and utensils. Give these gifts to your favorite chef this holiday season. These kitchen tools make ideal wedding gifts and bridal shower gifts.
bamboo cooking utensils: Bamboo is an quickly renewable resource and ideal for cooking. Use bamboo utensils in place of wooden spoons; bamboo resists stains and food contamination.
‘Spider’ mesh dipper: large scoop used to separate foods from hot water or oil. This spider is used in oriental cooking. I’ve linked to Bed, Bath and Beyond for the original wooden handled spider, retail price, $5.99. I found a nylon style dipper at Meijer with a large dish sized-scoop for $5.99 also
Palm chopper: Sharp crescent cutting blade works great for finely chopping nuts, vegetables, onions, tomatoes and more. Silicone sheath to keep blade sharp and prevent cuts. Progressive Stainless steel Bash ‘n Chop is similar to the hand chopper except that it isn’t quite as sharp, but you can scoop with it.
Silicone or rubber scraper: Scrapers made of plastic are useless; to cleanly scrape down the sides of a surface, the scraper must be made of silicone or rubbers. Choose sets with several sizes of scraper, including a small, narrow scraper for scraping containers with small openings.
silicone or wire whisk: Whisks make excellent kitchen tools for mixing. Silicone whisks are easier to clean and don’t rust. Wire whisks do a better job of thoroughly mixing.
cook’s knife with honing case: These knives are sharpened by squeezing the sheath or cover and pulling the knife through. Available from The Pampered Chef in three sizes: paring knife ($19), utility knife ($24), chef’s knife ($32).
Chop and scoop cutting board I have two sizes of these remarkable cutting boards and for the cook who likes a portable cutting board, these are ideal. The edges are curved up to prevent spills. The cutting board has a silicone handle and a narrowed edge for pouring chopped foods into a cooking pan. To clean and sanitize this nylon cutting board, soak it in bleach water. Bed, Bath and Beyond is the only retailer that I have found that sells the Chop and Scoop cutting board. Retail price, $7.99- $12.99.
Extra large stainless steel mixing bowl: Extra wide mixing bowl, with a diameter of 24 inches or more, is ideal for bakers and cooks. The extra diameter provides plenty of work space. Dollar General sells a basic large stainless steel mixing bowl for $5.
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