I want to share my top 11 favorite kitchen tools today for a reason. It is so fun to cook at home. If you plan ahead you can save so much money by cooking at home. When I partially retired I decided that from that day going forward I would not get take out. When working I was working 60+ hours a week and exhausted when I would arrive home at 9:00 at night. I had fabulous neighbors that would occasionally spoil me with a home cooked meal. My daughter would spoil me with hot home cooked meals on the weekend. Life is good when you eat at home. I hope they read this and realize how special those meals were to me.
There is nothing healthier than a good home cooked dinner. When we cook at home we know what is in the food we consume.
Here are my Top 11 Favorite Kitchen Tools:
1. Cheese Grater:
You can grate cheese, chocolate, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, nuts, potatoes, onions, citrus zest and to grate soap for our homemade detergent/soap.
2. Manual Can Opener:
Of course we open cans in the house and while camping, but please add one to your bug out bag or 72 hour kit.
3. Garlic Press:
You use these with garlic, olives, canned chipotle or small onions.
4. Egg Slicer:
I like these for slicing eggs, mushrooms, strawberries, fresh mozzerella, olives, avocado, bananas, butter and hot dogs.
5. Danish Whisk:
These are handy to whip cream, pancake batter, natural yeast, cake batter, make a white sauce or cream sauce.
6. Plastic Lettuce Knife:
These are great to cut or chop lettuce and cabbage, and it will prevent the edges from going brown. You might ask “who chops lettuce” when chopped lettuce comes cut in a bag. I still like freshly cut lettuce and cabbage for those healthy salads.
7. Wire whisk:
Like the Danish whisk above, you use this tool to whip cream, eggs, pancake batter, cake batter, muffins, white sauce, cream sauce and more.
8. Serrated Bread Knife:
This knife gets the most use in our home since it is so handy to slice homemade bread.
9. Santuko Knife:
Great tool for that small detail work for chopping, all around chef knife, and great for scooping up the chopped food for the prep bowl.
10. Jar Opener:
I love this opener since it helps due to my arthritic hands…opens jars easily.
11. Dough Scraper:
This fun to use scraper can transfer sliced or diced food to the pan, cuts the bread dough when making loaves to bake, great for scraping pastry dough.
Williams-Sonoma Knives, I like to invest in two good knives. The first one would be my bread knife…yes you can have a serrated knife sharpened. It does cost extra and I am careful where I take my good knives to be sharpened. The second would be a Santuko or similar knife. I only use these knives on a wooden cutting board. I love having sharp knives because it is actually safer than using dull knives. Please let me know your favorite kitchen tools you like to use.