Tools of the Trade

When I first started cooking and baking, I was incredibly frustrated by the selection of recipes out there. I would read recipe after recipe that claimed that no special equipment was needed, but the first or second step required a KitchenAid or a food processor. I was working with one bowl and no whisk, so there were a lot of things I had to fudge.


We ate off of plastic plates, with 25 cent paring knives, but the placemats kept it classy.
I try to make as many of my recipes as free of special equipment as possible, but I have accumulated some stuff over the past year and a half. In the effort of keeping you informed, here is a list of what I have acquired. If you're missing a key piece of equipment, I'd be happy to adjust a recipe to suit your needs.

  • Baking trays
  • Loaf pans
  • Muffin tins
  • Cake pans (one round, one square)
  • One frying pan
  • One large pot with a lid
  • One spatula
  • Two wooden spoons
  • Can opener (great investment!)
  • Two large plastic mixing bowls
  • Two smaller silicone mixing bowls
  • Wooden salad bowl
  • Salad spinner
  • a collection of plates, bowls, mugs and glasses
  • a collection of forks, spoons and butter knives (still no steak knives!)
  • Knives: Chef's knife, bread knife, paring knife, and quite a few others (but these are the basics)
  • Cheese grater
  • Rolling pin
  • Oven mitts
  • Measuring cups (for dry and wet ingredients)
  • Pastry brush
  • Chop sticks
  • Whisk
  • Man for trading off whisking duties
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Thermometer
  • Kitchen scale (GET ONE!!! SO USEFUL!!!)
  • Occasional blender access
  • Cutting board
  • Dish towels
  • Slow cooker
  • Toaster
  • Water kettle
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Yogurt maker (currently broken)
Oh, and a better camera.. also a tool of the trade.
What is your favorite kitchen tool? Let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me at piquantprose [at] gmail [dot] com!

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