Stocking your kitchen with high quality kitchen utensils and appliances is a key element in becoming a gourmet cook.
If I’ve learned one thing in my 30 years of cooking, it is that having the right tool for the job is of paramount importance. It makes everything easier and safer.
The wrong knife, or a dull knife, can lead to disaster. Some recipes require a mixer, not a blender, and vice-versa; you can’t just switch and expect good results. Coring an apple with a paring knife instead of an apple corer is simply a waste of time and energy.
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Also, equally important, you want to look for well-constructed tools. When it comes to kitchen utensils and appliances, you definitely get what you pay for. Higher quality costs more, but it’s worth every penny.
The joints should be welded, not bonded with solder; handles should be comfortable, with rounded borders; plastic and rubber parts should be seamless.
Evaluate several factors before purchasing kitchen utensils and appliances:
- Is it necessary for producing menu items?
- Will it perform the required job in the available space?
- Is it the most economical for the operation’s specific needs?
- Is it easy to clean, maintain and repair?
Many utensils are designed to aid in shaping, moving, cutting, or combining foods. They have few moving parts. Knives, are the most important hand tools. Others include spoons, whisks, metal or rubber spatulas, tongs, zester, melon ball cutter, vegetable peeler, meat mallet, and chef’s fork.
Above, I’ve provided a few general tips regarding choosing your kitchen supplies. To find out more about some specific kitchen utensils and appliances, please check out the links below: