I know epi's doing it, but what are your 5 favorite kitchen things?
This is to hard, but mine are:
1. Well-seasoned cast iron skillet (s)
2. Huge cast-iron Dutch oven
3. KitchenAid food processor
4. Electric griddle.
5. Microplane and other graters.
Epicurious has very few posts on this - figure Chowhounds will do better!
1. KitchenAid stand mixer (cobalt blue!)
2. Oxo Good Grips peeler (I used to hate to peel vegetables before I had this!)
3. salad mister (for olive oil)
4. Wusthof knife block
5. Gaggia espresso machine
I love everything in my kitchen, too...and what "lives" in the sunroom right off of the kitchen since not everything fits. ;)
Not including a good chef's knife and a good paring knife, which I assume are essential in any kitchen, here are mine, not necessarily in this order:
1. Heatproof rubber scraper/spatula with a slightly concave surface
2. Microplane graters
3. Immersion blender-don't use it often, but am sure glad I have it when I need it
4. A wooden spatula I use for practically any sauteing, frying
5. Tie between my big Le Creuset dutch oven and my large AllClad skillet--use both all the time
Honorable mention: Silpat or other stickproof baking sheets, blender, Cuisinart food processor, a gigantic stainless steel mixing bowl, a small cast iron fry pan for toasting nuts, garlic, chiles, spices, etc.
1) a wall of floor to ceiling windows looking over my rose garden and with the Smokey Mountains in the distance. (It is the most important part of the kitchen)
2) KitchenAid Mixer
3) Double oven
4) Spoons, etc. hanging in back of the cooktop so I can always find what I need
5) Immersion Blender (thanks to Chowhound)
6) Bread Machine for controlled rising/tie with Exopat
Wow! That sounds amazing! (And very inspiring.)
My kitchen windows overlook the backyard, which does have a lot of critters running through it, including the occasional red fox and coyote. Beyond that used to be a horse farm with rolling hills - and is now a development of $1M homes on rolling hills. Nearly killed me when it first happened - now I'm used to it.
1. VitaMix blender that cost more than we thought a blender could possibly be worth and has lasted for over 10 years of heavy heavy use.
2. Heavy duty lemon squeezer -- also gets nearly daily use especially during citrus season.
3. Immersion blender. It's not even a very good one, but I'm sure glad it's there when I need it.
4. Coffee maker and the husband who ensures that it is full of coffee when I stumble down the stairs.
5. The two teenage boys who love to cook.
These kinds of questions are so tough for me - I love everything in my kitchen, from my knives, spoons, spatulas, spiders and bench scrapers to my stand mixer and food processor, from my very cool collection of vintage flat-back cookie cutters made by Karen Dunwoody to my vintage seashell chocolate molds hanging on the wall, my collection of functional hand thrown pottery, the enormous maple wood bowl I use for bread dough, (and gigantic tossed salads for a crowd), the perfect little set of nesting lab-type blown glass bowls with pouring spouts that I use for dippers, salad dressing, gravy etc., the awesome lab-type glass beaker/pitcher/measuring cup I found at Marshall's for $4 that I use for everything from OJ to frothing my coffee milk in, my cast iron pans, my all-clad pans, etc. etc. etc.
I've collected my stuff over the last 17 years, very slowly and carefully, in terms of price/quality/functionality and aesthetics and the result is a kitchen that I get an enormous amount of pleasure and utility from. We're not rich people and we have a very modest home by US standards, but I think we've done a great job making our home a charming, comfortable place to live in and raise our son in, and our kitchen is both physically and metaphorically the center of our home and we love it.
this is pretty hard, since everything in my kitchen is functional...
1. WMF De Luxe ceramic pepper mill
2. Shun 8" chef's knife
3. Faberware vegetable peeler
4. Kaiser "La Forme" 9" springform pan. Really high quality, good nonstick that doesn't scratch, cut, or peel after almost 10 years.
5. Calphalon "Simply Calphalon" 5 qt chili pot and 10" skillet
I use both that and my hand counter chopper. When I need just some chopped garlic or a few nuts or just basil etc I use the counter chopper. Nearly not as good but convenient and quick. My mini chopper I use for 4 or 5 herbs, lots of garlic, nuts, peppercorns, allspice, lots of different things. Sometimes onions, herbs and a little olive oil when I didn't need a tons. Great for a quick dressing. Mix the herbs, onions and nuts then just mix with some olive oil and vinegar in a bowl. I saves alot of chopping in you have a lot to do. Dried fruit is good, many uses. I just don't always need the whole big processor. I was making chopped cranberries for a port wine sauce. Well a pain to chop so ... nuts and cranberries in a small foodprocessor and just blend. Easy and quick. Ive used it for much more. A quick blended 2 eggs for a froth and many many others.
Parsley, all herbs, compound butter, salad dressing, small amounts of anything that you don't want to hand chop!! I could go on and on!! If you leave it out on the counter you will use it, along with the larger Cuisinart food processor. On counter always is the only way they will be used!!
my five favorite are (very hard to choose five)
MAC 85 chef knife
Cuisinart food processor
Kitchen Aid mixer
After making the list I realized that the two most important, really, are the knife and my wonderful Boos cutting board!!
I live in acloset nyc studio so myy current favorites reflect things that make my life easier
1. Hammacher Schlemmer bookcase that I use to pots, wine glasses, dried beans, baskets of dried goods and all sorts of things. I could not live without it since I have 16 inches of counterspace which is one cabinet
2. My antique tea cart. The wheels still work and i use it for dessets during Thanksgiving and to hold more stuff on an everyday basis plus it keeps my spirtis up because it reminds me I won't be living like this forever
3. Measuring cups and mason jars I use them to hold all my silverware and cooking utensils
4. My stainless steel pots
5. All my Silicon spatulas for the way they fold egg whites but can go straight into a hot pot.
I have to agree with flourgirl, I do love everything in my kitchen and it is also the heart of our home.
So let's see. I'm going to split this up into aesthetics and function, since it is such a beautiful room, that feeds my soul and that we spend so much time in.
1. My Lacanche range!!!
2. My 8" Kramer Chef's knife
3. immersion blender.
4. Le Crueset dutch oven (I use them ALL the time!)
1. My Lacanche range!
2. The view of our wooded back yard through the wall of windows.
3. The Blue Ridge and Jerusalem pottery I have hanging on the walls.
4. The shelves for all our cookbooks (it's an addiction).
5. Our beautiful cherry counters (which could also go under functional because they are tough! Although I do not cut on them.)
I have to do that too (actually architecture plus gear), because great gear in a bad space, or bad gear in a great space, would not be the same. There is some overlap:
The view of the pond and waterfall.
The high ceilings.
The many cabinets and all the counter space.
The slide-out shelves in lower cabinets.
The pot rack.
Gas stove (nothing fancy, but it's GAS)
Electric kettle (how did I ever live without this?)
1. Kitchen tongs I got from IKEA
2. Silicon spatulas (got on sale from Crate & Barrel cuz they had seasonal decorations)
3. Bodum french press (it does one thing, but it does it well)
4. Cheapo chef's knife I got for free with some Omaha's Steaks (it's really light in a good way and as long as I hone it every time, works better than anything I tried)
5. My red devil oven mitts (reach up to the elbow: I haven't burned myself since I got them a year ago, and I used to burn myself A LOT)
1. My pot hanger over my kitchen peninsula that keeps everything within easy reach.
2. Stainless steel French press for great coffee that stays hot.
3. Le Creuset dutch oven for lots of wonderful comfort food.
4. Electric breadmaker for easy homemade bread
5. KitchenAid stand mixer for too many things to mention
My cast iron
Coffee maker I cannot live without, but I don't grind because I hate the noise
Nesting glass bowls--from huge to tiny
Silicon mitts, spatulas and brushes. Don't like the cutting "boards" or baking pans, though
Magnet knife holder. And I have some pretty good knives, too
Marble cutting board that I made from buying a tile and putting rubber feet on it.
My daughter's beautiful art work on my fridge
Pretty low tech.
Silicone utensils, mainly the spatula and the basting brush, especially the brush it was a real omg moment.
Digital thermometer / timer, my Thanksgiving turkey was never this moist before I owned one.
Good knife and my knife sharpener.
My bf, we have a I cook he cleans arrangement, but I think he would then immediately point to our less than a year old dishwasher.
My knives, my pots, my pans, my hands, my cooktop.
Did you mean Singular items? Good Lord...
OK, this has nothing to do with how often I use something:
1 My Flint icing spatula that I use for cookie removal (since I was a kid! My folks had one). I just like the flex in it.
2 My scraper, the one with the rolled top and fits perfectly in my apron pocket, like it was a holster.
3 My 8" Ed. Wusthof cooks knife; I've had it since '82, its had more time in my hand than any other. These days I use a 10" and I feel like I've abandoned the tool that made me. :-(
4 My KitchenAid Mixer. Is it really a kitchen without one?
5 My spiral bound Joy of Cooking. New in '82 I'm the only one who has worn out it's pages.
There's over 300 things, er, 'tools' (ahem): calling out five favorites is almost mean.
I hate my kitchen, alas, but haven't managed to come up with money to fix it. But when I do, I'll come to CH first for ideas.
Ditto on most other posters' favorite things. Two things I can't do without are (1) My Solingen kitchen shears, for cutting everything, and going strong 15 years without a sharpening, and (2) my teakettle that has a mellow train-whistle sound instead of screaming at me!
I'm a young guy just moving out, so I'm trying to get a lot of the basic type things. But, my favorites are:
1) My knives (Shun Chef's knife and MAC Santoku, mainly) - I use one or both every day.
2) Lodge cast iron skillet and enameled dutch oven - Love the dutch for stews, short ribs, etc...I'm still seasoning the skillet.
3) Spice cabinet - Inspiration everywhere...also used every day.
4) Book shelf - I have ~10 cookbooks and I like to try a new recipe every week.
5) Mini-food processor - I need to get a big one...that's probably my next kitchen purchase.
Seems to me that my answers are not what is being looked for....
1) Indoor plumbing
4) Oven with temp settings
5) Burner's/Cooktop with temp settings
My mother remembers when they replaced the icebox with a refrigerator, my grandmother talked about stoking a wood burning stove, and my great grandmother used to have to go to the backyard pump for water. Perhaps I am taking the question too literally.
1. My wall of cookbooks (somewhere around 700, all cuisines, several languages, collected over almost 40 years of happy cooking and reading about same)
2. My workhorse 1985 Cuisinart DLC7 "Super-pro" food processor, now on its 4th bowl and 3rd lid/feed tube
3. The beat-up and homely Ecko kitchen spatula we bought so I could cook in my then-boyfriend and still husband's dorm room
4. A pistol-handle mug my mom bought me in the supermarket when I first started drinking tea, a nice warm brown and beige pottery thing
5. My big bad beautiful beige fur friend kitty Liam, himself, always underfoot or looking on from his perch on the table and appreciative of the odd scallop or bit of nice rare red meat.
Becky, I don't know about you, but I'm having a lot of trouble storing all of mine. Now we're looking at adding built-in bookcases around the fireplace, because I have stacks everywhere. My three huge bookcases devoted to my cookbook collection are already filled. We have other bookcases throughout the house, but they're stuffed with other kinds of books. And we have a fairly small house. I love our home, but I have to admit to having fantasies of owning an english manor with a HUGE library where I would never have to worry about running out of room for our all books! :)
I have a perpetual BOOK PROBLEM in general, in fact. Since I homeschooled (Unschooled) my children, and since in My Former Life I was an Academic, and since I love the thrill of the library book sale, etc., I have books overflowing everywhere, and no $$$ to install decent, lovely bookcases. Instead, we have at least 15 saggy, baggy Walmart fiberboard jobs, looking ugly...and we have about five nice bookcases (including a glass-front old fashioned lawyer's model) AND I have--oh, ridiculous!--about 40 Rubbermaid boxes full in a storage shed, awaiting either total destruction via exposure to the elements, or my ship to come in and the financial wherewithal to build those floor-to-ceiling oak shelves I dream about.
The last time we moved was 14 years ago - and my husband and I moved ourselves with the help of some friends. I remember how hard it was moving all the book-filled boxes THEN - and I hadn't even really started my cookbook collection at that time (or the pop-up book collection or the ...well you get the picture). I am NOT looking forward to the next one. But it's most likely at least 10 yrs down the road, so i'll worry about it then.
Becky, here's hoping your ship comes in sooner rather than later! :)
#8 large logo smooth bottom Griswold skillet and matching lid
ALL my All-Clad stainless steel saucepans (cheating! ;-)
My Wusthof Ikon knives
My 12 or so pieces of Le Creuset, all in bright, contrasting colors
And even though it's not fancy, my newish Frigidaire gas oven with continuous cast iron grates and a true convection oven BECAUSE ITS FINALLY GAS! Yay! I'm 54 years old and never, ever got to buy my own stove, before, outright.
1. I splurged on the trinity of Wusthof knives after I graduated college - 6 inch chef's, 8 inch bread, 3.5 inch parer - and I am happy with that decision on a daily basis.
2. A set of pretty ceramic mixing bowls my mom got me from a local shop. They're white with various styles of scalloped edges and come in 4 different sizes. They look ridiculously beautiful holding the most basic of foods, and they're great for making cakes!
3. KitchenAid hand mixer. I'll probably register for a stand mixer when I get married, but right now the hand version is my favorite electric!
4. Extra Ingredients Measuring Spoons from Anthropologie: http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/c... I can't get over how cute the painted flowers are!
5. My Silpat. Fits perfectly in my jelly roll pans and saves me money on parchment, while giving me perfect cookies every single time. My boyfriend says my oatmeal chocolate chip cookies taste better with the Silpat!
only 5? How will I choose? sigh........LOL
1. Griswold cast iron pans
2. Breville Smart Oven ( we use it multiple times a day )
4 meat grinder
5 pressure canner
honorable mention to the deep freezer, Cuisinart food processor, juice extractor, sheet pans, zojirushi rice cooker and my Le Creuset collection and clay pots.