Don't know what I'd do without my .......?
I love lots of cooking equipment but I don't know what I'd do without my electric kettle. Boils water super fast...& if you drink tea (as I do) it's not just a nice *extra* but a necessity...
What are your can't-do-withouts?
Funny, I was just talking about the things I HAVE to have, the ones I bring to the BF's every weekend, or have doubles of there..
wood cutting board
lemon reamer (in the summer, anyway)
mandoline (my benriner; also a summer must for salads)
OK dishwasher popped in my head first, but I don't think that's what you meant :-)
Knives for sure
suzi garlic press
heavy wood boards
lots of tiny bowls for prep work
Every year my husband and I go to my step mother's family's lake house in Wisconsin - the kitchen is widely equipped, but w/ generally lousy equipment - I just make sure to pack a good knife - though the cutting boards there drive me nuts - those glass ones - so maybe I'll send one ahead as a house guest gift ....
re: Katie Nell
Yeah, I should have known better than to buy glass cutting boards. They were on one of those closeout tables at Home Depot for a few bucks and they looked really cool. I come from a food fanatic family...I should have known better than to use my expensive knives on the glass cutting boards! I wore all of them down. In the trash they went! Luckily, I was able to sharpen them back to like new.
As far as, "must have" kitchen items go;
2-3 great knives
glass and stainless prep bowls in different sizes
20 year old garlic press
20 year old coffee tin
AllClad pot set
Oh yeah, my XL BIG GREEN EGG GRILL AND SMOKER! Checkout biggreenegg.com for the everything you need to know and also the customer reviews!
Henckles Four Star Santoku and 3.5" paring
Wustof Grand Prix Boning knife
Bamboo cutting board
Zyliss Garlic Press
Measuring cups and spoons from Baker's Catalogue that include all odd sized measurements. Highly recommended.
My cuisinart food processor. I held off forever, and got one for Xmas. I feel like I use it everday- it has literally changed my life. ~ sigh of contentment ~
I know it's trendy to "Bash" your garlic with the edge of your knife with some kosher salt, but I really can't do without my stainless steel Williams-Sonoma garlic press. It's almost the same as the Zyless one, but a little different in finish.
Wustof Gran Prix Santoku
Kitchen Aid Mixer
Ybarra Olive Oil
Big Thai Mortar and Pestle
Tons of Prep bowls
Heavy plastic cutting board
Cuisinart Food Processor
Apple Cider Vinegar
Granulated Cane Sugar
Electric ice cream maker. I now can't go to a BBQ or entertain without the repeat guests begging me to bring a fresh quart. I used to say the stick blender, but I recently put a batch of carrot fennel soup in a conventional blender and the consistency was vastly improved.
Tongs! The spring-loaded kind. I have three ten-inch pairs and a sixteen-inch I use for the grill. It's like having heatproof fingers.