When I was rearranging my kitchen gadgets, I ran onto these that I use with varying frequency. Still, I like to know they’re available when needed, that is, if I can find them in the doo-dad drawer.
If you have some favorite kitchen utensils, drop us a line.
Anthony Bourdai loathed the garlic press. Most chefs mince garlic with a knife and gasp at using jarred garlic. The garlic snobs think pressing alters the flavor. But there’s more than one way to prepare garlic for a recipe. Although, I remember a chef at a cooking class I went to in Paris being quite distressed that I was not doing it his way.
Julienne Vegetable Cutter
Tomato Slicing Knife
The banana hook (or banana tree, as I like to call it) can be an artsy and handy part of a kitchen counter. It works well until you get down to the last banana, that can no longer hang with the bunch.
Kitchen Advice from a Pro
A fellow attending a cooking class offered by a renown chef listened attentively and then asked: “How many sheet pans do I need?” The chef replied: “How many do you have?”
The fellow replied, “Three.”
“In that case,” he said with a smile, “you need four.”
The moral of the story is that you will always need one more sheet plan than you have. Hmm . . . you suppose that’s true of kitchen gadgetry as well?
My gadget drawer looks the same! Of the gadgets shown in your blog, the ones that interested me most are the bench scraper, mezzaluna, tomato slicing knife and Julienne vegetable peeler. I either have or can do without the others. And you gave me a couple of ideas for my son who does his family’s cooking there in Webster Groves. But I agree that we do not press our garlic. Out here in Marshall MO, we grow our own garlic. It is so fresh, even though it does take some time to peel. I have a e-z-rol garlic peeler that at one time was promoted by Martha Stewart. It does not actually peel the garlic clove though, but it loosens the skin enough to help when peeling them with a sharp paring knife. My husband helps peel and chop veggies, so he just finely chops the garlic. Our adult children do not want our garlic as it is too time consuming to prepare. City folks with small town parents. 😆
Freda Shen says
I wish I could pick up your garlic. Fresh garlic sounds very appealing. Sorry – inadvertent pun.