In this article we are going to look at some kitchen tools. Of course your kitchen will need a lot more than four different tools, but we wanted to keep the list short and manageable.
So, here are our top four tools to help you have an easier time while cooking. Most of them are inexpensive and super useful so that makes them a great investment.
None of the tools we talk about today need any electricity, they are all manually operated.
The first one on the list is a fine mesh skimmer.
Fine Mesh Skimmer
This is a great tool to have is you are trying to skim the fat and other floating giblets out of your stock. It is way more efficient than using a ladle in two ways.
The first being the amount of time it saves you. There is a certain skill you need to be able to take just the very top off of your stock while using a ladle. Not so with a fine mesh skimmer.
Just dunk it in and scoop away.
The other way the skimmer is more efficient than a ladle is that it wastes way less of the good part of the stock. The watery part will easily flow right through and back into the pot.
Fine mesh strainers are available either online or if you need it sooner check the closest Asian grocery store.
You can also use one of these to keep your oil clean while you are deep frying. If you keep leaving the little bits of breading that fall off in your oil they will eventually burn.
This leads to burnt flavors in your food, which no one wants.
This is a great tool that most people only associate with cake decorating. However, it is super useful for lifting foods making it a must have tool in your kitchen if you do a lot of baking.
Offset spatulas are one of the best tools you will come across for plating foods. Plating food simply means moving food from the container it was cooked in to the plate you plan to serve it on.
These are commonly known as ice cream scoopers, but the formal name is a disher. Dishers are designed for portion control.
They really come in handy for things like cookie dough where you need to repeatedly portion out of a large mixing bowl.
Be sure to check for the size of the disher. They might all appear similar but the better ones will come with numbers imprinted on them. Just like with the thickness of wires and needles, the bigger the number means the smaller the scoop.
Another thing to consider when looking for a disher is to be sure it comes with the scraping mechanism. This is usually operated by pressing it with your thumb or squeezing the handle. The scraper will separate the contents from the disher.
This will save you a ton of time and also keep the shape of your cookies uniform.
These are most commonly used for getting the outermost layer of a citrus fruit separated from the rest of the fruit. Recipes often call for zesting oranges, limes or lemons.
The reality is that you can use it for cheeses, garlic and even chocolate. This makes adding fresh garlic to a marinade much easier than mincing.
Wrapping it all Up
If you found this article useful or have any of your own favorite kitchen tools, let us know in the comments below!