Wednesday’s In the Know: Everyday Staples for your Kitchen Crock
When it comes to cooking, I always tell my clients to do whatever they can to set themselves for success. From determining your menu, realistically knowing what you and your kitchen can handle, including the right tools for the job, you prepare yourself for success. Depending on what’s on your weekly menu rotation, the specifics and quantity of each cooking utensil that should be in your crock will vary, but these are a few of my basics that can be tweaked to your home and cooking repertoire.
- At least two! If you use Teflon, make sure there is a silicon base so the metal doesn’t scratch the pan.
- At least two! There is nothing worse that realizing midway through a recipe that your only spatula is in the dishwasher or bottom of the sink. I have 4, but that’s just me.
- Two! And since we are on the topic, don’t let your wooden spoon simmer away with the saucepan’s contents! Quickly use to stir and transfer to a spoon rest in between.
- One! you may not know what this is, but trust me, it will change your life! These are great for not only cooking fish, but chicken, pork, steaks and even flipping roasted veggies and potatoes in one quick motion. Heck, I even know someone that uses it to sift flour.
- Two – Three! One can be used for raw meat, one can be used for cooked meat and one is on backup for a quick toss or turn. Having to rush back and fourth to your dishwasher or sink is definitely not setting yourself for success!
Ladle or Spoon:
- One! This is great for soups or quickly transferring stock from one pan to another.
Slotted Spoon, both wide and narrow tips:
- Great for blanching, poaching eggs, and removing items from water without the excess water.
- One! From quickly grating lemon, lime, oranges, garlic, cheese, or ginger, having a microplain at the handy is a must!
Now that your crock is fully stocked and ready to master any task at hand, make sure you place it by the cooktop for easy access!
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