We're always looking for a great article and advice on what to tell first time kitchen owners to put in their kitchen. What knives do you really need? What pots and pans will give your friends kitchen envy? Well this article at the Chicago Sun Times does the trick and provides insights into these and other questions of kitchen stocking.
Some highlights include:
Knives: A chef's knife, a paring knife, a boning or utility knife and a steel. These are the essentials in order of importance, and these will take you far.
Pots and Pans: Look for pans with heft. Start with 10-inch saute pan and a three- or four-quart saucepan with a lid. Misc: A 9-by-13-inch baking pan (glass or metal) comes in handy, and not just for baked goodies (think lasagna, roast chicken).
Tongs. They cost but a few bucks and are incredibly useful when sauteeing, grilling, flipping and so on.
Whisk. "The most efficient way to mix, by far," Koetke says.
Spoons. Again, super cheap. Wooden is nice because it's gentler on food than metal. And, Crumpacker says, "they feel good in your hand."
Spatula. Another all-purpose tool. Silicone is key because you can use it for both hot and cold foods, Koetke says.
Measuring cups/spoons. No second-guessing when trying out recipes.
Colander/strainer. For draining pasta, a kitchen staple, rinsing and draining produce and more. Can opener. The moment you realize you don't have one is when you really need one. And then you'll smack yourself. So get one.
How about sinking a few forks with candles into your birthday cake instead of LAME older candles. Right after you make your birthday wish (which is most likely a wish to eat said cake) you can grab a candle and start chowing. Each kit includes 12 white fork candle holders along with 12 candles that fit into the forks. You can purchase the set for £8.00 or about $14.
Seriously - where was all this cool Star Wars stuff when I was a wee lad? Now you can eat everything in your life with mini-lightsabers, and with each subsequent meal - your force power will double. These won’t be out until 2010, but you can preorder them on the Japan version of Amazon for ¥960 or about $10.
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Not much more can be said except - we've found round kitchens in Germany. RoundKitchen.com has a set of brands including the Round Kitchen brand - and you can email info at roundkitchen.com for more details. We really like the look, and wish we had room here at Kitchen Contraptions to get a round kitchen of our own.
One of our favorites - a micro-plane lemon zester,
which is great for grating cheese too.
Kitchen Contraptions reader Ann wrote in about this amazing round-up of kitchen gadgets and tools. We have to say - it's really impressive, and we've featured many of the same gadgets here at Kitchen Contraptions.
We'd love for you to sound off in the comments on what your favorite kitchen gadgets and tools are as well.
Typically each day we feature a new kitchen contraption, but today we thought we'd pass along the Top 10 Elements of Basic Kitchen Knowledge to you our loyal readers. It's interesting to note after an informal quiz around the test kitchen, many folks here had the wrong answers for many baiscs below. Go figure. We of course scored 10 out of 10, and think these are all really solid points to know. Do you know of any others? Sound off in the comments.
1. Salt dissolves in water.
2. Salt does not dissolve in oil.
3. Oil does not dissolve in water.
4. Water boils at 100 C (212 F).
5. Generally foods contain mostly water (or another fluid).
6. Foods without water or fluid are tough.
7. Some proteins (in eggs, meat, fish) coagulate.
8. Collagen dissolves in water at temperatures higher than 55 C (131 F).
9. Dishes are dispersed systems (combinations of gas, liquid or solid ingredients transformed by cooking).
10. Some chemical processes - such as the Maillard Reaction (browning or caramelizing) - generate new flavors.
We couldn't pass up telling you about the deals at Amazon. You can get the Braun WK200W Aqua Express Electric Water Kettle for $25, and there's deals on mixers, bread makers, and other kitchen contraptions. We recommend pricing these out, but many of these deals are more than 50% the regular price.
What are we thank for? You of course! We want to thank all of our faithful readers, advertisers, and others that make Kitchen Contraptions a success. Our traffic and viewship this year has been 2.5x last year, making this a very special holiday season here at Kitchen Contraptions.
Right now we're brining our Turkey with a maple-brown sugar-salt and spice brine. We're also prepping for a day of eating by looking back at 2008. Thanks again to everyone who makes this site a success.
If you're heading out this holiday week for some shopping, we recommend you check out our 2008 Kitchen Contraptions Holiday Shopping Guide. It will save you loads of time on figuring out what to buy for that kitchen gadget or cooking wonder in your life. We'll be taking off today through Friday off, but normal operations will resume on Monday. See you after the holiday!
This has to be seen to be believed, but this blender works without a power cord or cable by simply placing it on an eCoupled-enabled countertop or work surface. Unlike low-powered devices such as cell phones and MP3 players that only need five watts or less, high-powered kitchen devices like blenders, grills, and coffee makers often require kilowatts of power - a much greater technological challenge.
Well it looks like they've done it. And I can't tell you how quickly I'd replace our countertops and cook surfaces if this becomes mainstream. Killer.