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What is the one must have item in your kitchen?

Good old-fashioned cast iron skillet. Non-reactive and can go from stove top to oven.

The drawback is it's very heavy.

by Anonymousreply 5703/08/2013

Cast iron skillets are NOT non-reactive.

by Anonymousreply 103/07/2013

I never put acidic foods in my cast iron pans. It's the fastest way to destroy all the work I've done seasoning them.

Agree with R1. Cast iron is reactive.

by Anonymousreply 203/07/2013

A refrigerator. Meat and dairy items stay fresh for days inside, and chilled beverages are a decadent treat.

by Anonymousreply 303/07/2013

Yeah, unless OP's skillet is Le Creuset or another enameled cast iron brand.

by Anonymousreply 403/07/2013

Since R3 has provided us with a fridge, I'll go with my well-sharpened 8" chef's knife.

by Anonymousreply 503/07/2013

It is an absolute necessity to me that I have food in my kitchen ALL THE TIME!

by Anonymousreply 603/07/2013

Toilet paper

by Anonymousreply 703/07/2013

A cordon bleu chef, naked.

by Anonymousreply 803/07/2013

R8 has it right.

In recent years, I've come to rely on my water filtration system because I can't stomach the taste of our local water.

by Anonymousreply 903/07/2013

Have to have menus from delivery restaurants taped to the refigerator because I hate cooking.

by Anonymousreply 1003/07/2013

R10 do you also hate spellcheck?

I adore my food processor.

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by Anonymousreply 1203/07/2013

the thing that takes the cork our of the bottle

by Anonymousreply 1303/07/2013

Tin - or steel - lined copper saute pan, the 5 liter size. Preferably from Dehillerin.

by Anonymousreply 1403/07/2013

R8, yes, by the name of Benoit, definitely.

by Anonymousreply 1503/07/2013

My little window sill herb garden

by Anonymousreply 1603/07/2013

Jamie Oliver. Naked.

by Anonymousreply 1703/07/2013

Ant combats

by Anonymousreply 1803/07/2013

The one item (for anyone who enjoys cooking) is a superior set of good knives . . .

by Anonymousreply 1903/07/2013

A cast iron, enameled Dutch oven.

by Anonymousreply 2003/07/2013

Kitchenaid mixer

by Anonymousreply 2103/07/2013

r21 Mmmmm...cake.

by Anonymousreply 2203/07/2013

Chef's knife

by Anonymousreply 2303/07/2013

It's a toss-up between a blender & a mixer (hand-held is fine for what I do, though a stand model would be wonderful).

I only recently got a processor & I do love it, but I learned how to do without it for years so it's a luxury rather than a necessity.

I use the blender daily to make smoothies for breakfast, & it chopped/ground nuts & made breadcrumbs before I had a processor.

The primary job for the mixer is creaming butter & sugar for baking -- but that can be done by hand, or even in a blender if necessary.

So I guess a blender is the one thing that I must have. (Though women who didn't even have electricity probably did a better job in the kitchen than I do now, so "must have" is a relative term.) WWDBMD (what would Daniel Boone's mom do)?

by Anonymousreply 2403/07/2013

Good quality sharp knives. And scissors.

by Anonymousreply 2503/07/2013

What's a good brand of that knife that's also affordable.

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red cowgirl boots

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by Anonymousreply 3103/07/2013

My bamboo steamer, big colander & stock pot

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by Anonymousreply 3503/07/2013

My Breville Smart Oven. For all I use it for daily, it was well worth the $250.

by Anonymousreply 3603/07/2013

My coffee maker and my Cutco knives.

by Anonymousreply 3703/07/2013

R26 Cook's Illustrated frequently recommends Victorinox Fibrox.

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Ginsu Knives. Got my set at Walgreens. Still Sharp almost 20 years later. They were maybe $40. They sell them online too.

by Anonymousreply 3903/07/2013

An inexpensive, portable induction cooler has pretty much taken the place of my old electric's very controlled, fast and gas range-like. Mine's a Fagor, and I love it! I'd recommend you stay away from that sold-on-TV infomercial one, and prepare to deal with not using aluminum cookware, really a minor issue.

Also a vote for crock pots in general, and the tiny Procter-Silex one specifically. Great way to do no-fuss steel cut oats overnight.

by Anonymousreply 4003/07/2013

Calaphon no stick wok.

by Anonymousreply 4103/07/2013

a hot juicy pussy

by Anonymousreply 4203/07/2013

Dreaded auto-correct: cooler=cooker.

by Anonymousreply 4303/07/2013

My coffee pot.

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by Anonymousreply 4503/07/2013

A fridge.

by Anonymousreply 4603/07/2013

R26, I bought a couple of pieces of Victorinox through before CI recommended them. I liked them so much I bought more. They're cheap enough to buy multiples. So far I haven't found a downside to them.

Agree with R36 about the Breville Smart Oven. I don't use my regular ovens all that often now.

by Anonymousreply 4703/08/2013

R26 A third vote for Victorinox. I give them as gifts from time to time. The most important thing with knives, though, is to keep them sharpened. A steel does not sharpen; it hones the (hopefully sharp) edge. You need to either have this done or get a sharpening stone.

Depending on where you live, you might be able to get a better knife on sale at Sur La Table. It's helpful to go to a store and see which knife fits best in your hand. Most people work with 8" or 10" chef's knives, and there are many brands. Victorinox is generally considered to be one of the best cheap knives.

by Anonymousreply 4803/08/2013

A Negro and a Mexican or Puerto Rican.

by Anonymousreply 4903/08/2013

Another vote for Breville Smart Oven. I bake artisan bread in it, toast bagels, cook roasts. Great appliance.

by Anonymousreply 5003/08/2013

Since I eat mostly raw I couldn't live without a Vitamix and a Cuisinart food processor.

by Anonymousreply 5103/08/2013

Colored gal.

by Anonymousreply 5203/08/2013

tyler florence

by Anonymousreply 5303/08/2013

My copper stock pot

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by Anonymousreply 5503/08/2013

Ok. What r55 said

by Anonymousreply 5603/08/2013

The only thing I have that most people don't have is a Mouli Grater, which is very fun.

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