With the holidays on their way soon, many people will be beefing
up kitchens to handle the increased demand for "fit for a king" meals.
Not being a professional Chef shouldn't stop you from being able to cook like
one. But, you'll need the right tools to create those tantalizing dishes. Read
on and find out the five tools that no kitchen cook should be without.
Make sure that you have a good, quality set of mixing bowls
on hand the bigger the better! Many dishes need to be beaten, blended or mixed.
You'll be glad you didn't skimp on the mixing bowls when you need to perform
any of those tasks. Most professional chefs prefer to use stainless steel mixing
bowls. However, there are many quality plastic sets available. But be aware
that plastic bowls can become hard to clean over time, especially if used for
heavy duty sauces, and may need to be replaced.
Cast iron skillets, pots and pans have long been a choice of
the pros. But, cast iron cookware can be a little daunting. Seasoning, pre-seasoning,
re-seasoning, cooking the seasonings in, oils to use, etc. to ensure your skillet
is ready, is a hassle many cooks would rather not deal with. Now you don't have
to. You can buy cast iron cookware galore "already seasoned" so that
you have no fuss and still get the same great benefits of those using simple
cast iron. Be aware soap nor dishwashers should be used for your prized possessions.
Specialty Measuring Spoons
If you've ever seen one of grandma's old recipes refer to a
pinch, smidgen or dash and have had to take a guess at the meaning (and hope
you're right) then you absolutely must grab a set of pinch, smidgen or dash
measuring spoons. No more guessing or testing your interpretations on your guests
(as fun as that may be). This set also makes a great conversation starter especially
at family gatherings where elder members may take you on a trip down memory
First out Pie Spatula
What could possibly ruin the perfect homemade Dutch crumb apple
pie? Having it fall apart while you try to get that first piece out of the pie
dish. Well, here is a secret of the pros use a first out pie spatula. You bake
the spatula in with the pie. When the pie comes out of the oven and cools, you
make the cuts and lift that first piece out in perfect appetizing condition!
Kitchen Companion Guide
Ever wonder how long you need to steam asparagus? Not sure
how to stick a thermometer in a turkey? Never butterflied a pork chop before?
For all the weird, rarely used information you may need, while preparing a feast,
you can turn to a kitchen guide. Look for a kitchen guide which specializes
in everything and anything you may need to know while cooking any meal in any
Many of the above items may not be featured at your local retail store, so you
might want to find a local kitchen specialty store near you or do your shopping
online. But, if you enjoy the art of cooking and want to be armed with the best
tools possible, you now have a few more to add to your arsenal which will help
you cook like the pros.
Mike Lansing is a retired chef who spent most of his time as a Head
Chef in New Orleans after training in France. He spends his free time cooking
for family and friends, as well as serving as a contributing editor for CookingSchools101.com
which offers information on Culinary
Schools for those wishing to enter the trade.