Originally Posted by Mrs. Cuillo
Thank you everyone for your input!! I appreciate all of it. I am very interested in the Kitchen Aid mixer. After searching DC, all I hear, aside from MAYBE two complaints and they were about attachment pieces, are great things. What is a good model? The most popular one out right now seems to be the Artisian 5 quart one. I've searched on Macy's, Amazon, JCPenney, Target...you name it. I find them to be about $300.00. Is this a reasonable price? I want this to be with me for the long run...any input is great!
These are my
opinions on kitchen tools. Amazon and its free shipping are a great money saver.
Shop on Amazon for many of your needs. A KA can be had for under $200 which will serve you MANY years.
A Silpat or exopat can be had for under $10--I have cooked for DECADES and never used one.
Again on Amazon, a microplane. However, more than a specialized microplane, you need a box grater for shredding, grating, etc.
A mandoline is a VERY specialized piece of equipment for slicing. For the most part, a good sharp knife will do the same thing with more versatility for use.
GOOD knives are probably the single most important kitchen tool. YOu don't need many--paring, chef's, and I love my santuko.
A good set of pans can be found on Amazon for under $150.
Heavy aluminum cookie sheets--$5/ at Costco.
Fine Cooking magazine did a review of food processors. While KA and Cuisinart came in first overall, the economy FP rated best was the Black and Decker at $40.
A cast iron frying pan is a nice thing to have. Shop flea markets for one that is already at least partially seasoned. It should be cheap--$10 or so. If it isn't it could be in the collector category (Favorite, Wagner, others)--look for another one.
Shop at Tuesday Morning, TJMaxx, SteinMart, Marshall's for kitchen equipment/gadgets.
Shop at attic sales for casserole dishes, etc.