On occasion I’m asked to recommend tools or utensils to outfit those kitchen drawer organizers. Which are most useful can be subjective, so my default response is to consider the tools I use, if not daily, every week. Here are items I’d be lost without.
Citrus Reamer: Whether its Margarita time or just a dish that needs a little brightening; a reamer is a low cost, humble, tool that makes quick work of juicing citrus. I like the wood ones whose sharper edges are more effective than the stainless or plastic editions.
Micro Planer/Grater: Great for a quick garnish of parmesan or lemon zest. Plus freshly grated nutmeg bears no resemblance to that aging powder in your spice cupboard.
Pastry Brush: Frankly I use these for brushing oil and marinades more often than an egg wash but, bakers and savory cooks alike can benefit from this inexpensive tool.
Twine: I love trussing a roast or chicken but, I get it if that’s not your thing, twine can be a great temporary binder for almost anything
Scissors: A good pair of kitchen shears will cut a host of foods better served by scissors than a knife. They open stubborn packaging to boot. Mine seem to be in constant use.
Silicone Spatulas: The greatest invention! Flexible yet tough, heat resistant, practically self-healing from stains, I can’t have too many of these in different sizes and shapes.
Measuring Spoons/Cups: I don’t measure 90% of ingredients I cook with but, what I do, really NEEDS to be measured.
Strainers / Chinois: Call it a colander, china cap, sieve, or strainer some stuff just needs to be strained.
Wooden Spoons: The original utensil for non-stick pans and still a winner today.
Whisk: Whip it, whip it good. Not just for creams and batters, these make lump free sauces, of all kinds. Have a supply of different shapes and sizes.
Tongs: So many things to pick up, pluck out.Share post