What is your favorite kitchen tool!
Always on the look out for a new cooking tool. What's your favorite gadget?
It all comes down to the right tools and ingredients. Discover great tips here.
My Brookstone "Wine Connoisseur" wine opener (the best on the planet - and cheap at $50), but I also love, love, love my OXO mango slicer. Mangoes can be extremely slippery and hard to pit, but I bought an OXO mango slicer and no more problem.
It's difficult to pin down to one. Aside from a good set of knives and a cuisinart, my top choices are
Escali electronic scale
Electronic meat thermometer that monitors the internal temperature
Parchment paper - a miracle worker when used on pizza pans, baking sheets. It makes clean up a snap.
My 8" Chef's knife is so close to me it is a friend. I use it more than anything else in the kitchen by far. It is dependable, trustworthy, and precise. When we are apart (at a friends kitchen) I feel its absence immensely and have even bled in its absence. And like with a good friend, when I do something stupid and hurt it, a little time together making things right returns us to perfection. Thank you J.A. Henckels for bringing into this world such a good friend.
I have a very sharp Shun 8" chef's knife that makes me happy. Thankfully because of what I've learned from Rouxbe so far I no longer need my former second most popular item in the kitchen "band aids". The newest thing I've picked up is a really good cutting board that seems to work well with Mr. Shun. Together the three of us really cut things up in the kitchen.
Instant read thermometer. Maybe its because I've had a few really cheap (poor quality) units in the past that makes me love this one even more. It comes with a calibration cert. and has a 2 second response time. Simply amazing and I love it for poultry and roasts. Perfect results every time... now!
The Thermoworks is available at Amazon for $95. A bit pricy but probably worth it since it only needs to penetrate 1/8" and merely leaves a tiny hole (think steak, chicken, hamburger). I won't throw my trusty older unit away because when roasting, I like to keep the probe in the meat to be able to continually monitor the temperature.
Thanks for sharing your love for the Thermapen. I’ve been in the market for a new thermometer and just ordered one after reading all the great comments about it. My last digital thermometer met its end when it accidentally got pushed up against the side of my grill and melted. I'll be keeping careful track of this new one.