Our tried and true recommendations to build a super sweet kitchen tool kit.
Don’t underestimate the power of having a good chef’s knife. It will make cooking that much more enjoyable. The Japanese Fujitake VG-10 is a great value and pretty low maintenance thanks to the stainless steel and cobalt blade that gives a long lasting edge and resists rust. Great for the ladies as it’s not quite as hefty in the hand, but equally loved by the guys too.
The second knife you really need in the kitchen is a good paring knife for more detailed cutting and peeling. We like this Global knife for its light weight and comfortable shape. It holds a sharp edge and it’s not going to break the bank.
The Swiss nailed it when they created this veggie peeler. It’s cheap, has a sharp carbon steel blade, and peels veggies like a champ.
Yes, it’s a HUGE investment, but we use this Vita-Mix blender nearly every day. Break it down by cost-per-use and it’s downright justifiable. You just can’t replicate the smoothness and speed factor that you get with this fine machine. This is the exact model we have, the others are probably great too. Just don’t get the one without the variable speed dial because it goes from 0 to 100 in a second, which limits its capabilities quite a bit.
Cast iron skillets have been around forever, for a reason. They’re amazing AND cheap. This 10″ frying pan is one of the best values out there and an essential tool in our kit. We have a bunch of sizes, but this is the most versatile. Cooking with cast iron does take some getting used to, but this Lodge brand makes it easy because it comes pre-seasoned. That seasoning is what gives it that magically chemical-free, non-stick surface. Just NEVER use soap to clean it, only water and possibly salt on really tough jobs. We actually like these little scrapers that work like a charm to get all of the bits off with water only.