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Over the years, we have been able to determine kitchen tools and gadgets that deserve a spot on every counter and in every drawer. For the most common dishes and uses, we collected a list with the 10 most useful tools for cooking and baking.
They come in different price ranges, making them amazing and appreciated gifts for any fan of cooking, including the most demanding chefs. No nifty gadgets or jokes for on the counter – truly helpful tools that will make your life easier and your cooking even better.
1. Cast Iron Skillet
A skillet is a versatile tool and a cooking companion for many dishes. It will be your go-to pan for many dishes for years to come. The pan works on all types of stoves, can be used in the oven, on the grill and even on a campfire. The thick, heavy material guarantees incredible heat distribution and retention. And it comes at a fraction of the price of high-end pans.
Regular non-stick frying pans offer many values. Less need for oil, easy to clean and in many cases, oven safe – just check the handles. But in our opinion, the cast iron skillet offers even more. Perfect for searing in the pan and finishing in the oven, durable when treated correctly, and one of the few items that actually gets better over time. The so-called seasoning, the black layer in the pan, preventing rust and sticking, improves with every time you cook.
The pan requires some special care when it comes to cleaning and storing. To protect from rust, the pan comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil. After each use, clean by hand with mild soap and plastic brush. Make sure it is completely dry and cover in a tiny layer of oil. Be disciplined and treat it well, and have a trusted cooking companion for many years to come.
There are many different manufacturers, each with budget-friendly choices that just do the trick without frills, all the way through heritage-inspired, brightly colored or enameled versions, for a more generous budget. Our choice: the simple 10.25″ by Lodge pan is a perfect starter size. Find this and more, here.
Tongs are versatile kitchen tools, and can be used for much more than grilling. Anything that needs flipping or grabbing halfway through, this is it. Think of chicken breast and steak: you don’t want to stab it with a fork and risk losing delicious juices. Grab hold of what you’re cooking and safely turn and grab.
For use in non-stick pans, use silicone ones to preserve the pan’s coating. Find a good choice of tongs here.
3. Silicon Spatulas
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4. Instant Thermometer
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5. Kitchen Scale
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7. Prep Bowls
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8. Cutting Boards
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9. Food containers
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10. Measuring cups
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