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Old 02-26-2010, 02:14 PM   #1
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Favourite simple cooking utensils

For all the expensive kitchen appliances that we have bought I'm always most please when I use a simple cheap utensil for a job that would be much harder if I didn't have it. I especially like utensils that make the washing up quicker.

Does anyone else feel this?

My favourite, simple utensils are:

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Half-moon strainer
Silicone pastry brush
Knife sharpener

What are yours?

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Old 02-26-2010, 02:30 PM   #2
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I have a flat bamboo spoon that I use with my non-stick cookware. Think I paid $1.99 for it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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I agree. I have had these for decades and they never seem to wear out, although now the 'hinges' are getting a little 'rusty'.

They are easy to clean and I carry them with me everywhere I go. They're quite versatile.
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Old 02-26-2010, 03:13 PM   #4
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My locking tongs are my favorite utensil. I use them for everything.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:03 PM   #5
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I have a cheap pair of tongs, and my favorite Pampered Chef large spatula that I love.
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:30 PM   #6
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My favorite has to be the silicone spatula it really helps me make nice soft scrambled eggs. Oh and a good wooden spoon. I favor them because they won't melt or scratch the bottom of a pan.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:31 PM   #7
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Flat bamboo spatula I got with a wok kit ( the wok is long gone, but the spatula is great)

A broken wooden spoon ( split in 1/2) The new broken shape is perfect for my pots and pans

Cheap pair of tongs. I tried to upgrade with more expensive ones, but the cheap ones seem to work better for me.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:10 PM   #8
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For all the expensive kitchen appliances that we have bought I'm always most please when I use a simple cheap utensil for a job that would be much harder if I didn't have it. I especially like utensils that make the washing up quicker.

Does anyone else feel this?

My favourite, simple utensils are:

Zester
Half-moon strainer
Silicone pastry brush
Knife sharpener

What are yours?
I'm always using my half-moon strainer. I had one for years that I picked up at Walmart. It started to rust, so I threw it away. I had the hardest time getting a replacement.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:14 PM   #9
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my $5 microwave rice steamer
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:06 PM   #10
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Silicone spatula, wooden spoon and angled spatula.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:05 AM   #11
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I love my little ceramic garlic mincer -- lets me do the job thoroughly and in a flash.

I also love my little wire whisk: I can beat even very small quantities of liquid.
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Old 02-27-2010, 02:56 AM   #12
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It'd have to be my many wooden spoons (used for just about anything) and my locking tongs.
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Old 02-27-2010, 07:31 AM   #13
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My set of wooden spoons & spatulasm my 9" chef's knife and my grandmother's Acme Safty Grater.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:05 AM   #14
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12" Sabatier chef's knife for apportioning boneless frozen meat
Large heavy wooden spoon with 3/4" dia. handle for mixing / kneading semi stiff bread doughs
Large stiff silicon spoonula for punching down refrigerated dough
Mezzaluna chopping knife and wooden bowls
1 quart mortar & pestle for fine grinding
Assorted perforated cap jars for applying grated cheese, cornmeal, dry rubs and seeds.
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Silicon coated whisk.
Bottle pouring caps / spouts for better controlled pouring of oils.
Wood pizza peels.
Parchment baking paper.
Silicon baking mats
Measuring spoons and cups
10 lb scale
Long shafted (12") dial fryer thermometer
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Blunt pointed carving fork
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Fine soup strainer
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:44 AM   #15
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I found two wooden spatulas made of olive wood, first ones I ever had that don't split and splinter. My 2 cup measuring cup, so important I bought it a brother.
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:48 AM   #16
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Locking tongs, silicone spatula and my wooden spoon with a square, scraper tip.
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:19 AM   #17
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I had to laugh reading about all the folks who love their locking tongs. I just spent the week in a hospital and I can't tell you how many times I longed for my tongs!! When you have limited movement, it seems that EVERYTHING is always just 2 or 3 inches out of reach.
The lesson here is - don't go anywhere without your tongs!
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Old 02-27-2010, 11:30 AM   #18
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I've recently begun embracing all things silicone (don't tell my fiance). Spatulas, pot holders, little pods for egg poaching, dessert molds, baking pans....love em all.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #19
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Another post made me think of something. One of the most indispensable, yet unsung cooking tools is the ever present dish towel. Commercial cooking with laundry services spoiled me. So, I go through dish towels like others go through paper towels.

It's a pot holder.
It gets up spills.
It dries wet ingredients.
It gets the moisture out of cooked spinach or raw potatoes.
It sits nicely on your apron string until needed.
It can be wrapped around a mixing bowl to keep condensation down, or to keep it from rocking during particularly violent whisking.
You can play tug with your kitchen Labrador with one.

Just an overall great tool.
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Old 02-27-2010, 12:25 PM   #20
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It's a pot holder.
It gets up spills.
It dries wet ingredients.
It gets the moisture out of cooked spinach or raw potatoes.
It sits nicely on your apron string until needed.
It can be wrapped around a mixing bowl to keep condensation down, or to keep it from rocking during particularly violent whisking.
You can play tug with your kitchen Labrador with one.

Just an overall great tool.
Don't forget using it as a defensive weapon when people come in trying to raid your cooking before you are ready to serve it. *POP*
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