essential kitchen tools everyone should own

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Contributed by Dan Thompson
essential kitchen tools everyone should own

whether you’re a newlywed, recent grad moving into your first apartment or
perhaps one of the 32% of millennials that pew research center recently
reported as living at home
with mom and dad—surely the idea of furnishing a kitchen has crossed your
mind. i’d love to help you get started.
here’s the deal: there are a few basic essential tools you absolutelyneed,
which you are not likely to use that kitchen for more than a place to pile
takeout containers. we’re not talking about mountain of stuff—just
ten basic essentials to get started.
1. fire extinguisher. my personal experience makes this an absolute
requirement and number one on the list. it was one of those lazy saturdays.
i decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch. i set the greased
skillet over high heat and
ran out to the garage to say something to my husband. a neighbor wandered
over and we started talking. it was the smoke alarm that caught my
attention and sent me flying. in those few moments that pan flamed out and
caught the upper cabinet. my kitchen was on fire! the kidde fire
extinguisher (about $40) sitting on
the counter saved the day. i am still surprised that i knew, almost
intuitively, how to use the thing. grateful.
2. knives. you need good knives that can be sharpened and which you will
keep sharp. and if you can find a set that comes with a wooden block and
shears, plus at least a chef
knife, carving and paring knives and perhaps even a bread knife like this
13-piece set (about $26) found at this link.
that’s exactly what you need.
3. pots and pans. you can go broke on pots and pans or you can go smart
with a high-quality basic set like this cook n home 12-piece stainless steel
set (about $55). you want to make sure you have at least a skillet, a couple
pans and a larger pot for soups and stock. each piece in this set comes with
glass lid. about $55.
4. MEASURING CUPS AND SPOONS. They don’t need to be fancy. They don’t
need to be expensive. What you need is a set of cups and a set of spoons
that will help you to measure accurately. This Accor 11-piece measuring set
fills the bill.
About $16.
5. DISH TOWELS. Also known as “bar mops” or “restaurant cleaning towels.”
need a stack of them—clean and ready to go. You’ll save a ton of money not
buying paper towels. As they become soiled, throw them in the laundry
hamper. A 24-pack white cotton professional grade like this from Utopia
costs about $20.
They’ll last for years, too.
6. COLANDER. I can’t tell you how many times I reach for my colander in the
typical day. I use it for so many things. And now that I have begun cooking
rice as I do pasta (in
a lot of water, uncovered, boiling rapidly until rice is done then draining
and rinsing under hot water), I’m using it even more. This 5-quart stainless
colander with fine mesh sieve is the perfect for all of your colanderization
(is that a word?)
needs! About $16.
7. TONGS. Essential in any kitchen, for sure. This OXO Good Grips 12-inch
stainless locking model is my first choice. Wouldn’t know what to do without
it. About $12.
8. BAKING DISHES. Whether it’s a cake or a casserole, you’re going to need
something to bake it in. You want Pyrex and this 2-Piece Pyrex Basics Set
will let you bake both a
cake and casserole at the same time! About $17.
9. INSTANT-READ THERMOMETER. You need this—you really need this! With a
reliable thermometer who won’t suffer the heartbreak of overcooked steak or
undercooked chicken. Harbor Instant Read Digital Thermometer (about $18)
keep you looking good, chef!
10. CUTTING BOARD. Face it: cooking means a lot of cutting, chopping and
mincing. You need a good cutting board to protect and preserve your cutlery
countertop, too. And you need a board that is easy to clean and sanitize.
This OXO 10 x 15 inch Good Grips nonporous polypropylene board is ideal. It’s
even safe in the
dishwasher. About $15.
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