Friday Five: Top Cooking Utensils

TGIF! I don’t know about you, but this week felt especially long. Maybe it’s this crazy cold weather we’re having, even though it’s technically Spring?? In any case, Friday is finally here and I thought it would be fun to introduce a new column that I’ll post occasionally: Friday Five. The topic of the post will vary from week to week, but basically it will be a round-up of my top 5 favorite food-related things, whether it be cookie recipes, products, coffee shops, etc.

This week I’m sharing my essential cooking utensils.  I use these items at least several times a week, if not every time that I cook. If you’re already into cooking, you probably have most of these items already, which attests to how important they are! If you’re just starting out in the kitchen, make sure to have these items on your shopping list!

Microplane Grater buy here

My life changed (really) after switching from some cheap zester I bought at Target, to the real deal. This thing zests citrus, grates cheese, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, like a beast. Those little blades are nice and sharp, so the Microplane does the work, not your arm.

8-inch Chef’s Knife buy here or cheaper version here

You absolutely need to get a real, good quality chef’s knife if you want to cook. You will use this for everything from cutting up a roast chicken to slicing vegetables. Seeing people use dinky steak knives to cut anything but a cooked steak makes me cringe – that’s a hospital visit waiting to happen! My Wusthof knives are really great (though on the pricier side), but I also have a cheaper set of knives from Anolon that work well too.

Paring Knife buy here or cheaper version here

Again, such a versatile knife that you will use over and over again. Good for more detailed work like peeling fruit, segmenting citrus, etc.

Wooden Spoon buy here

Unlike cheap plastic spoons, a good wooden spoon will last for a looong time and can be used for everything: stirring sauces, sautéing, baking – you name it! Also, there’s something that feels so rustic and classic about cooking with a wooden spoon 🙂

Kitchen Tongs buy here

I’m not afraid to touch raw chicken or fish with my bare hands, but kitchen tongs make transporting food from cutting board to pan to plate much easier and cleaner. Also great for tossing pasta or salads!

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