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Tools: The big, the small, the essential

Let's talk about what you've got in your kitchen. Not what food you have, what kinds of tools and equipment you have. Do you have a favorite whisk or wooden spoon or spatula? I do!

And, because I do, I'm going to share a few of my go-to's. I could come up with an entire list of things and maybe I'll

do that, in the future but for now, let's just stick to some great basics. I love basics because they're a really good way to get started.

Of course, there are knives and I could spend an entire blog (or more) just on knives so let's save that, too and get into some cool tools that will make your time in the kitchen easier and, dare I say, fun! This will also be fun because I'm going to show you pictures of my personal favs!

I limited myself to five but I have many, many more.

So here are the top five small kitchen tools on my Hit Parade and in my kitchen, right now!

  • Number 5 - Fine mesh strainer Pour sauces or stocks through this to get perfectly clear liquids, nothing is left behind. Also good for draining and rinsing canned goods.

  • Number 4 - Microplane Always sharp and makes grating cheese or veggies a breeze.

  • Number 3 - Poultry shears These are indispensable for cutting up chicken or other birds. These are cool because they come apart for easy cleaning...no chicken "goo" left on these!

  • Number 4 - Microplane Always sharp and makes grating cheese or veggies a breeze.

  • Number 3 - Poultry shears These are indispensable for cutting up chicken or other birds. These are cool because they come apart for easy cleaning...no chicken "goo" left on these!\

  • Number 2 - Utility tongs Man, I love these things! If you don't have anything else for picking things up out of a hot pan, this is the tool. They are really an extension of your hand.

Finally, and this was a hard one because I really love those tongs but...

  • Number 1 - Japanese mandoline You must be careful with this guy but if you are...slicing is so fast and fun!! Plus, it's super inexpensive. if it breaks (and it could although none of mine ever have), you don't feel bad throwing it away and getting a new one.

So, these are a few of my favorite things, I think I feel a song coming on.



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