My favorite 5 essential kitchen tools you really need to have. Balloon whisk, ground meat chopper, silicone spatula and silicone tongs. I use all these regularly and they look it, too. They still function well even they are many years old.
To have an efficient kitchen, you don’t need to invest in lots of kitchen tools. Just a few basic tools. A few essential kitchen tools. These basic tools, will make short work of every meal you prepare. Shortening the effort of meal prep is one key to a successful cooking experience. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to prepare a meal and being too exhausted to enjoy your efforts.
With college graduation and June weddings coming up soon, these tools would be an excellent addition to a new kitchen.
The balloon whisk is one of my favorite tools. I own three. Not an overwhelming number but still you only need one. I have one large, one small and one silicone coated one. I reach for a balloon whisk for anytime I want to whip or mix a thin liquid well with little effort. A balloon whisk will whip a liquid into a froth in no time. This is the perfect tool making scrambled eggs. Those egg yolks won’t know what hit them. I also use a balloon whisk to whip water and seasoning mixes together. Adding a can of cream of mushroom soup to milk using a whisk is so much more efficient than a spoon. I also use a whisk to aerate flour and dry ingredients together when baking. This ensures that all the dry ingredients are well incorporated.
Ground Meat Chopper
Oh my goodness. Who besides myself constantly forgets to take the ground beef out of the freezer in the morning for dinner that night? Oh come now, I can’t be the only one or some genius wouldn’t have come up with this ground meat chopper. It is fabulous for chopping ground meat. Let the ground meat thaw for thirty minutes on the counter. Then throw the meat into a sizzling fry pan. Place the ground meat chopper onto top and begin to turn that chopper in half circles. Back and forth. Back and forth till the meat begins to break up. Which isn’t much time at all. Continue to use the ground meat chopper till all the meat is browned. This little tool has been a life saver for me countless times. It ranks high on my list of favorite kitchen tools.
Now this is not a multipurpose tool. But the for fantastic job it does it deserves a well placed spot in my crock of kitchen tools.
Silicone Spatula or Spoonula
These little jewels are my weakness at Williams Sonoma. They come in so many pretty colors and patterns. I nearly always grab a new one when I am shopping there. So I do have a utensil crock full of silicone spoonulas and spatulas. What is so special about them? Well let me tell you. They will mix a heavy batter in little time. There is plenty of surface area on the spatulas to really show that batter who’s boss. Me, that’s who. Anyway, they are sturdy and non stick. They will scrape batter out of bowl till there is nothing left . Which is shameful when you are making a frosting. No finger licking the bowl. Batter drops off these babies exactly where you want that batter to go. Perfect for transferring muffin batter into the cupcake pan.
Now the difference between a spatula and a spoonful. A spatula is flat and great for mixing and scraping bowls. A spoonful is slightly more rounded on the bottom. Making it the ideal tool for scooping cupcake and muffin batters into their proper pans. I have many of each. Sigh. You only need one.
If I am not using a balloon whisk, I reach for a silicone spatula. Now wooden spoons are nice but I only use them for stirring directly into sauce pans. Not so much for mixing batters.
OXO Vegetable Peeler
Can anyone seriously love a vegetable peeler? The answer is yes. Whole heartedly. The OXO vegetable peeler is so comfortable in your hand, you won’t mind peeling that 5 pound bag of potatoes for potato salad. Or that big bag of carrots for the delicious Carrot Cake.
I used to use a metal handled peeler. My hand hurt halfway through the task of peeling vegetable. I dreaded peeling any type of vegetable with that rickety peeler. I pleaded with anyone to peel for me. It’s your turn to peel the potatoes, I would say to anyone passing by. Luckily we live on quiet little neighborhood and no one ever heard my pleas.
Then I discovered the vegetable peeler with the fat squishy handle. It has ribs on it to keep your wet grip on it. No slip grip. Just what one needs for peeling vegetables under running water.With the fat squishy handle, my hands didn’t hurt any longer from peeling that 5 pound bag potatoes. Bring on that bag of carrots. This little vegetable peeler is a must have for your essential kitchen tools.
Silicone Covered Tongs
Tongs are fabulous for grabbing and turning that piece of chicken frying in the skillet. Or any piece of meat cooking away. Tongs are just an extension of your hand. Able to grab food and place it in hot pans. Or take it out of hot pans. Or grills. Without burning yourself. After all tongs are an extension of your hand.
Tongs are not just for cooking meat. Think about removing a cob of corn or an egg from boiling water. Or scooping up green beans roasted in the oven. Tongs also make great serving pieces.
I like silicone because they grip better than just plain metal. They won’t scratch up any of your pots or pans. I baby my more expensive cookware. I just would hate to see the insides scratched up.
All 5 of these essential kitchen tools are used nearly every meal. Well, dinner meals anyway.
That brings me to the end of my favorite 5 essential kitchen tools. Do you have you would add to this list?