What things in your kitchen are a necessity to have multiples of? [moved from General Chowhounding board]
- QueenB Jan 11, 2007 12:06 AM
As I was getting veggies ready for a salad tonight, I realized I could really benefit from more than one peeler. I use it, throw it in the dishwasher, then have to take it out two days later to use it for something else.
What have you found beneficial to have multiples of in your kitchen?
Salt (different types: iodized, kosher, fleur de sel)
Pepper (whole peppercorns, rough ground, finely ground)
Measuring cups and spoons
Large stock pots
Somehow we ended up with three blenders...I still haven't figured out how they all come in handy.
2 qt saucepan (I need 2)
muffin pans (need 2)
1/2 sheet pans (need 2)
little custard cups (need 10)
3 qt mixing bowl (I need 3)
various sugars (granulated, dark brown, confectioners)
various chocolates (usually various types of choco chips)
various rices (they have different tastes and purposes)
coffee makers (reg & decaf)
mortar & pestle (3)
If you do many parties, especially buffet style, it's good to have several identical serving pieces, e.g. oval casseroles. It just looks so much better to have similar ones than a typical hodgepodge out there on the table.
The main item in the kitchen per se that I find useful to have several identical of is ss bowls, and even small glass or ss bowls for your mis en place. Also plastic storage containers. Also spatulas and spoonulas--I have switched from wooden spoons to these exclusively.
1/2 sheet pans, silicon spatulas, wooden spoons, cutting boards, mixing bowls of various styles.
If we're talking about food items let's not. If I buy another type of vinegar I think my husband will divorce me. And I currently own at least 7 different types of salt. I'm a pantry pack rat.
In addition to above listed:
tons others, cabinets and drawers are bulging
paring knives, Forschner, I buy them by the 1/2 doz.
2qt sauce pans
8-9-10" round cake pans
mise en place bowls
Say if you only had $500.00 to buy all your gear what would you buy?
I've think thats lots of fun. You can always buy more gear but eventually space runs out and you need a bigger kitchen.
Several of my top ones are;
10- Half Size sheets
5- Full Size (3 metal/2 fiberglass).
However, confessions are that about half are devoted to the kitchen and the rest are for other household duties. Crafts, laundry, office, etc...
6- Three Quart sauce pans
5- Seven Inch coated Fry/egg/omelet skillets
3- Eight inch coated Fry/egg/omelet skillets
3- Fourteen inch coated Texas Fry/egg/omelet skillets
24- Mystery spoons.
Not quite a double size table spoon. Many mixed up descriptions. Although there are references to them being a serving spoon, I probably would come unglued at the seams if I would find them being used to serve MP (mashed potatoes). Bad enough as a kid when mom used to pull the large serving spoons out of the MP and slip in an ice tea spoon. MAH!
half sheet pans
stainless steel/glass bowls
2 bowls for my stand mixer
variety of oils/sugar/flour/chocolate/vanilla/salt etc.
bread pans, metal and glass
glass measuring cups
coffee grinders (Three) - one for spices, one for pepper, one for coffee
I have four wonderful squared-off plate-bowls that are standardized pieces made by a potter who lives about three hours south of DC. They're excellent for a big serving of pasta (esp. with a thin or generous portion of sauce) or soup or stew, but are also excellent to use as serving dishes for sides. And the right size to wrap up leftover pieces of roast to put in the fridge. Or to bake a casserole-for-two. I'll probably get another two and then call it quits buying them.
I also have three sets of china -- one casual blue, one fancy red, and one set of Imari with reds & blues that blends the two other sets together if I have to feed more than 8 people at a meal.
Micro-plane grater- 3 different sizes
1/2 sheet pans-4
garlic presses- 2
spring loaded tongs- 4 sets
vegetable peelers- 3
measuring cups and spoons- 3 each
8'chef's knives- 3 (seems to be the only big knife I use)
3-4" parers 4- (only "small" knife I use)
various small bowls for mis-enplace - maybe 15
Flour sack towels- 12ish
11-12 skillets 2 each non-stick and stainless
"tasting" spoons 2 doz. I keep them next to the stove to taste and add ingredients etc.(keeps me from getting in trouble when there are no "good" spoons left for the table.)
4 jelly roll pans (used as cookie sheets)
measuring cups (ss and glass) & spoons--two sets of stainless steel + odd sizes & a full set of glass + 3 extras
spatulas, spoonulas (never enough), scrapers
small sauce pans
pottery and glass mixing bowls
custard cups--never enough--I like vintage Pyrex & Fry
cooling racks for Christmas cookies
I had multiple bowls for my old KitchenAid, it's a good thing
cutting boards (5)
[I'm not admitting how many sets of dinnerware I have]
-chefs knives (DH & I both prep)
-2nd small KitchenAid bowl
-cutting boards (3 - 2 bamboo and 1 plastic)\
-little bowls (?10) for mis-en-place
-2 medium sauce pans
-cookie sheets (2)
- jelly roll pans (3)\
-silicone spatula/spoonulas (3)
-wooden spoons (3)
-spoon measuring set (3!)
-pyrex 2c. measuring cups (2)
I'm sure there are more duplicates, but these are used often!
definitely salts and peppers!
I can never have enough measuring spoons, cups, or pyrex bowls
cutting boards--I have about 10, most of which are those flexible thin ones, and I seem to go through them constantly!
heat-proof silicone spatulas
NEVER have enough parchment!
half-sheet pans (I have like 8 now of various vintage)
Finally, I really feel like I need TWO dishwashers. LOL
measuring spoons-6 sets, some are odd sizes
dry measuring cups 3 sets
liquid measuring cups 3 1Cup, 1 2Cup, 2 4Cup
veg. peelers 5
wooden cooking forks 5
various spatulas and rubber scrapers
assorted tart tins in different sizes and depths
4 rolling pins each different
3 1/2 sheet pans
2 1/4 sheet pans
4 cheesecake pans various sizes
This list could go on and on and then I would have to admit i have too much stuff so I am stopping
plastic flex cutting boards
grinders - I have one for spices, one for coffee, and a mortar and pestle, and I still wish I had at least one more grinder and another mortar and pestle or two.