The overwhelm is real when shopping for tools for the kitchen. There is always something new to buy that is going to change your life. In reality, life changing kitchen tools come around very rarely and sticking with what works will allow you to focus on what matters - the food.
I have several tools that are my go-to helpers while I'm cooking. It's a combination of tried and true tools like knives and the fascinating new technology of a Sous Vide. I'm going to break down the why and how for some of these tools that I'm not sure I can live without.
Joule Sous Vide
This one took me a while to come around to and now I can't live without it. Besides its ability to cook meet and melt fat into a perfect texture it also makes cooking easier with a set it and forget it attitude. You can't mess up cooking with this Joule Sous Vide I highly recommend this investment.
To me the silicone spatula is the new wooden spoon. I use this for literally everything in the kitchen. Silicone wont melt which is what makes this tool so useful, easy to clean and very durable. Flip your pancakes, whip your batter and stir your eggs… oh and scrape everything. Did I mention I made a whole video on this too right here?
The Best Garlic Press
A dear friend of mine gifted me this garlic press several years ago and I will never use another one again. It's always the simple things that are the best I find, don't over think it. This press has a great feature that allows you to lift the whole press out and clean with so much ease. I have always avoided garlic presses for the messiness of cleaning but this one is the total solution. Not to mention it creates an amazing juiced press, not just mushy garlic.
I love this tool so much I made a video about it! Seriously, I have two in constant rotation in my kitchen. I use this for grating cheese, zesting citrus, grating whole nutmeg, and other spices and so on. The one that always gets people is watching me grate fresh parmesan right on a dish before plating. No messy plate of parm, just what's needed for each plating.
Digital Meat Thermometer
Chances are if you're on this page you are looking for this thermometer. The question I get asked the most from my videos is what digital thermometer to use. I have tried many and this is the one that I have been using now for years and find it the most accurate and a great price point.
Shun Paring Knife
This might be the tool I end up recommending the most. This little but powerful knife is the knife you never knew you needed in the kitchen until you have one. It comes sharp so be carful, it will truly fill a void in the kitchen for those little cutting jobs.
Why an immersion blender and a blender? Simple! The immersion blender blends in a way that nothing else does. Have you ever tried to make a blended soup in the blender and watch it explode burning hot liquid? Yep, this is why you use an immersion blender. I also use it every morning for my complex coffee blend. I blend it right in a mason jar, no mess.
Wusthof CLASSIC Cook's Knife, 8-Inch Hollow Ground Blade
Your chef's knife is everything in the kitchen and you need at least one good one. This is the knife I have used for years and continue to recommend based on its price point, durability and feel. And you guessed it, I have a video on the Chef Knife and Knife skills which are crucial when investing in good knives.
For a full list of my favorite cooking tools jump here! Happy cooking.
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