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Old 01-05-2009, 09:43 PM   #1
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Question I Can't Believe I Lived Without.....

What kitchen impliment and ingredient did you at somepoint discover that changed everything... what can you not even imagine cooking without that you once did not have.

For me on the equipment side it is the Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. For years I had really crummy cookware... I was pretty transient and never bought anything I felt I needed to take along... of course the cruddy stuff kept following me... I cooked with cheap enameled steel... stuff I got free ... the cheap stuff from ikea.. I made do... and could still but I cant imagine not having a dutch oven. (I have more than I need right now) this is the most used pot type in my kitchen. I really found it made everything better and easier.

For ingredients it is Cilantro.... never heard of it before I moved to Texas.. it seemed to be in everything there... mexican, vietnamese etc I found it strange at first but now I love it and use it for so many things...

both of these things I lived without for a long time but just cant imagine not having now.... when I moved and had to get all new kitchen stuff the first thing I did was get a DO.

So what revolutionized your cooking?

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:48 PM   #2
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I'm not sure it did much for revolutionizing my cooking, but my FoodSaver has been my biggest 'I could not live without' gadget.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:50 PM   #3
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Microplane grater has to be at the top of my list. There's hardly a day that goes by that I don't use it.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:58 PM   #4
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Absolute top of my list is the spoon, especially in varying sizes, and some uniquely with slots or holes in them. I could not survive without them.

For appliances I would normally pick the FoodSaver vacuum sealer, but I went absolutely giddy with the Reynolds "handi-vac" unit with its ability to reopen a vacuum-sealed bags unlimited times. Pure ecstasy.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:58 PM   #5
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Old 01-05-2009, 10:04 PM   #6
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I can't say one thing, I have to say bunches...

My KA model G mixer, Vita Mix 4000, Robot Coupe FP, Copco enameled cast iron cook/bakeware, Sabatier knives, and even though they are in storage maple butcher block table, American Crown range, and marble pastry table.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:21 PM   #7
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Good knives and my seasoned sea salts of varying colors and seasonings
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:26 PM   #8
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A French shaped skillet. I had lots of straight sided skillets, but the French shape makes sauteing so much easier...
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:38 PM   #9
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How do you pick just one? I'd have to say the upper oven on my JennAire. No room or budget here for commercial so we are enjoying the versatility a second oven offers. Fractioned size aside, I'll bet we use it 90% of the time.

As for ingredients, my kitchen would absolutely stand still without good olive oil and kosher salt.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:59 AM   #10
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Yea, more than one here too. First my CI pans, love em to death along with my SS set. And then there is the KA Food Processor 14cup I got last year on my birthday.
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