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Old 03-20-2015, 03:27 PM   #1
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What Cooking Tools Have Changed Your Life In The Kitchen?

I think it would be really interested to see what cooking tools have changed the way you work in the kitchen.

Please list them below and state how they have made kitchen work easier

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Old 03-20-2015, 04:43 PM   #2
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Immersion blender with whisk and mini food processor would be my top choice. After those two, I would say mandolin and micro plane.
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Old 03-20-2015, 04:56 PM   #3
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Cast iron pans, and a great chef's knife.
Pressure Cooker
High quality spring-form pans
Webber Kettle Barbecue/Grill
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:01 PM   #4
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My knife. My first husband was a chef, and he taught me how to use it properly. Then later in years it would be my mini food processor. It made it possible for me to eat a lot of foods that I shouldn't.

I also like my mini mandolin. It is so much easier than setting up the big one. Get the job done in half the time. Any tool that makes my life easier is my favorite tool. At my age, and after more than 50 years of cooking, I need "easy" in my life.
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #5
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For me it was the refrigerator. It was such a hassle draining the ice box every other day. The blocks of ice which were delivered a couple of times a week didn't last long during the hot summer months. Ice cream didn't last long in the ice box and often melted by the second day.

With the refrigerator I can keep and freeze food in the freezer section, even make my own ice! I don't have to go to the market every day. I can buy a week's worth of groceries now. My refrigerator holds a lot of food.

An then, in the early 70's I bought a microwave oven!
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #6
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Nothing exciting here.

A sharp chef's knife, plastic bar board, 30 year old Osterizer blender, Borner plastic mandolin, a box grater, 9 inch Wagner CI Skillet and my 1950ish Fire King 2qt batter bowl.

I guess the thing that transformed my life in the kitchen is having a few TNT tools within arms reach. Add a sink full of sudsy hot water so I can clean as I go!

The things I miss are my kitchen window, a double bowl sink, and a window in the oven door!
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Old 03-20-2015, 05:32 PM   #7
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Life Changing Cooking Tools

I have so many tools that have changed my life for the better!

Some of them would be my crock pot, food dehydrator, mandoline slicer, food processor, and immersion blender.

As for future tools that would change my life (big hint for my hubby), a meat slicer, meat grinder, and a santoku knife. Those are on my Birthday wish list.

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Old 03-20-2015, 06:03 PM   #8
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All of it, really. But the knife/cutting board has to be the first and biggest. It opened up the world of fresh foods.

The food processor is wonderful and lets me do all kinds of things I couldn't without it. The microplane is wonderful. (Whisks are my favorite item, though.)

For reheating in the microwave, the big bubble pig thing that keeps splatters in and is high enough to not stick to the food. It's a little thing, but eliminates a lot of cleaning and makes the reheated food better.
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Old 03-20-2015, 06:23 PM   #9
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I think it has to be my Magimix food processor. It enabled me to make a lot of dishes that I avoided and cooking in bulk is easier too due to the help chopping veg and meat, etc. When I make pates and terrines I use the FP for chopping the meats as they lose less moisture than if they are put through the mincer.


The FP made also pastry a possibility for me. I cannot make decent pastry by hand (my mother used to say that you need cold hands and a warm heart to make pastry but I have warm hands and a cold heart!) but the FP solved that problem.


It doesn't live in a cupboard, it has pride of place on my work surface so it's ready and waiting whenever I need it
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For me it was the refrigerator. It was such a hassle draining the ice box every other day. The blocks of ice which were delivered a couple of times a week didn't last long during the hot summer months. Ice cream didn't last long in the ice box and often melted by the second day.

With the refrigerator I can keep and freeze food in the freezer section, even make my own ice! I don't have to go to the market every day. I can buy a week's worth of groceries now. My refrigerator holds a lot of food.

An then, in the early 70's I bought a microwave oven!
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