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Essential Kitchen Equipment

I have to have a good sharp knife, a wooden spoon that feels right, pezzetti coffee pot and, of course, my le creuset pot. What are your essentials?

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by Anonymousreply 5712/17/2020

it certainly isn't those dopey, inefficient, bulky, risky-looking shelves in the op's picture

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2020

a kettle, either a whistling tea kettle for stovetop or an electric kettle

a good sauté pan, a skillet just doesn't cut it

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2020

Risky? You need to purchase a Life Alert if those are risky to you.

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2020

[quote] a skillet just doesn't cut it

I use knives to cut it

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2020

The Keurig and Vitamix are used every day.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2020

Microwave is the most essential.

I say that the Microwave revolutionised cooking across the planet.

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2020

I use my microwave primarily for storage like a bread box.

The immersion blender has become indispensable to me.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2020

I once met this ancient lady who said her Essential Kitchen Equipment was a little metal jug in which she kept her dripping.

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2020

Keurigs are white trash!

by Anonymousreply 911/19/2020

OP what's your go to knife brand?

by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2020

A colander to drain the pasta.

by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2020

I almost never use my microwave.

by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2020

I don’t know my knife brand, found a nice one at a garage sale. I had it professionally sharpened, and it’s the best knife I’ve ever had.

by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2020

Forgot to sign the knife response.

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2020

a small food processor (or two), my Japanese paring knife, a bread knife, my Chicago cutlery chef's knife, ramekins and my crockpot

by Anonymousreply 1511/19/2020

“rescue-chick” 🙄

by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2020

A food processor makes things easier in the kitchen. I like to bake, so the Kitchen Aid stand mixer is invaluable. As mentioned, a good set of knives is a must.

What I don’t have is a Dutch oven. It’s on the list.

by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2020

Love here for the humble potato ricer. Perfect mash every time and no electricity needed.

by Anonymousreply 1811/19/2020

Large knife (santoku), paring knife, 8-qt. pot, Microplane (fine grater), veg peeler.

I eat pretty much everything out of pasta bowls.

Yes, I do use a microwave oven on a regular basis.

by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2020

This is my Essential Kitchen Equipment.

Because every time I cook or bake using butter, oil or any kind of meat all my utensils and cooking equipment have a sheeny film of tiny fat particles which I must remove.

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by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2020

Ajax is not equipment R20. It is a cleaner.

by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2020

Frying pan with lid

by Anonymousreply 2211/19/2020

my garlic press from pampered chef

my chef knife

a good cutting board

kitchenaid mixer

cuisinart coffee maker

by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2020

Does "the help" count as essential kitchen equipment?

by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2020

Since I eat out every single day the only thing I need is a plate a fork and a cup.

by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2020

I want to buy new frying pans -- probably 3 of them, a large, a medium, and a small. The medium and small should be non-stick, the large need not be.

What are the best kind? I don't mean brand (though suggestions about that are welcome) -- what's the best kind of metal? Price isn't the most important factor -- I don't have a dishwasher, so I need to be able to clean them properly in the sink.

by Anonymousreply 2611/19/2020

My three Erie cast iron skillets. I use at least one of them every day. They date back to the late 1800s and I love them. Splendid tools.

A sharp chef's knife. Find the knife you like ,and then buy an electric knife sharpener. Chef's Choice makes a variety of them. I got mine on eBay for $25. I picked up a few others for $5 at stores like Goodwill and passed them on to friends. They love them. America's Test Kitchen selected the top of the line sharpener from Chef's Choice for its recommendation, but I don't think that one is necessary. They all seem to work well. A sharp knife is a wonderful tool. Really do this.

A large stainless steel dutch oven. I have Le Creuset and think it is great, but I am not finding it better than my 8 quart tri-ply stainless steel dutch oven / stock pot. That is a real work horse. And it cost much less than Le Creuset.

Good luck!

by Anonymousreply 2711/19/2020

R26, try this.

I have not yet found an OXO Good Grips product that is not well designed.

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by Anonymousreply 2811/19/2020

Vintage Revere Ware.

I can find barely-worn examples from the 50s-60s at thrift stores and I shine up the copper with Bar Keepers friend.

Great quality and I'm finding all kinds of interesting sizes and accessories like egg poachers, sieves and colanders/steamers.

by Anonymousreply 2911/19/2020

Pampered chef? How pedestrian!

by Anonymousreply 3011/19/2020

A cast iron pan, a vegetable peeler, a good non stick pan for eggs, wooden spoons.

by Anonymousreply 3111/19/2020

A very sharp knife i paid 125 bucks (with little indentations on the handle, can't recall the name but it's sharp as fuck), kitchenaid mixer (same one i've had for 33 years), citrus reamer, cups and teaspoons in all the sizes!, wooden spoon, a great non-stick, non-toxic pan, cast iron dutch oven, electric kettle. Also requisite baking pans (don't care about brand). And a spatula and soup ladle as well, obviously. i also have a crockpot and Instapot but don't use them very regularly.

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2020

There's a difference between a grieving woman and a foolish woman.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2020

A crêpe pan, bien sûr

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by Anonymousreply 3411/19/2020

R28, that's really helpful -- thanks very much.

What about plain aluminum? I know that Alton Brown has commented on that but can't remember whether he was pro or con (much less any details) -- somehow, I feel sure that his website will be too verbose for the amount of time I'm able to devote ...

by Anonymousreply 3511/19/2020

Plenty of lube.

by Anonymousreply 3611/19/2020

Alton Brown is CANCELED

by Anonymousreply 3711/20/2020

A waiter's friend.

by Anonymousreply 3811/20/2020

IMO, Alton Brown is gay. He got divorced from a woman and married to another woman, who claims she didn't know who he was when she met him.

Alton and new wife are posting YouTube videos.

by Anonymousreply 3911/20/2020

R39, I was shocked when I read that Alton was straight.

by Anonymousreply 4011/20/2020

I wasn't shocked, R40. Just as lots of men aren't gay they're just British, Alton Brown isn't gay he's just pedantic.

by Anonymousreply 4111/20/2020

I love my wok and my rice cooker.

by Anonymousreply 4211/20/2020

Zojirushi rice cooker, large chef's knife, enameled cast iron Dutch oven. I love my hot water pot (also Zojirushi). I was slow to jump on the air fryer bandwagon, but it is fast becoming my favorite small appliance.

by Anonymousreply 4311/20/2020

Cast iron. I have two frying pans, a stewing pot (dutch oven) and a griddle.

by Anonymousreply 4411/20/2020

All- Clad cooking set. It's the best and will last a lifetime. You can pass down to your nephew when your goose is cooked.

by Anonymousreply 4511/20/2020

I assume those two doors with handles are a built-in fridge and freezer. All the other doors have those press-to-open function.

But what are those two cupboards on the right hand of the picture; are they for utilities or something?

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by Anonymousreply 4612/17/2020

If a cast iron pan isn't your first thought, then you're not a real cook.

I also need multiple spatulas, knives, Kitchen-Aid stand and hand mixers, sheet pans, measuring spoons and cups, and lots of bowls.

by Anonymousreply 4712/17/2020

What is the purpose of a WOODEN SPOON?

by Anonymousreply 4812/17/2020

They don't transfer heat R48 and you can use them on all surfaces.

by Anonymousreply 4912/17/2020

Wooden spoons retain salmonella and e-coli and they can't be placed in the dishwasher, so no thanks.

by Anonymousreply 5012/17/2020

Hydrogen peroxide sanitizes them R50.

by Anonymousreply 5112/17/2020

Instead of a wooden spoon, I now use a silicone spurtle (seven colors) from Mad Hungry. Check out the website and watch Lucinda Scala Quinn cook on instagram @madhungry, my favorite cooking show of the last three or four years.

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by Anonymousreply 5212/17/2020

I'll see your Spurtle, R52.

And raise you one Spoonula.

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by Anonymousreply 5312/17/2020

[quote]a good sauté pan, a skillet just doesn't cut it

My favorite pan is my 4-quart sauté pan from All Clad. Like r2, I prefer it to a skillet. I like to make things like chili, Bolognese and other sauces for pasta, and to braise meats, so I like the straight sides.

I wish I'd bought it without the long handle. The pic shows the one I'd buy if I were shopping today.

I have the 6-quart version, without the long handle, which All-Clad calls a stockpot. You can make stock in it, of course, but it has a dutch oven profile. Since I'm single, I make sufficient quantities in the 4-quart pan, and use the 6-quart mainly for cooking pasta.

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by Anonymousreply 5412/17/2020

Mandoline slicer

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by Anonymousreply 5512/17/2020


Hot air fryer

Indoor grill

Fully stocked refrigerator & freezer

by Anonymousreply 5612/17/2020

i have that Orange Le Creuset Dutch oven in OP's pic, but my 95 yr old mother turned on the electric range it was sitting on inadvertently and it sat there for about a half hour on high. It's still usable but has lost some of its properties and there is orange enamel on the element!

by Anonymousreply 5712/17/2020
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