And also, have you ever thought of any new utensils that you wish existed? Or do you find yourself having to make up your own solution to treating food, cooking methods etc?
What is your favorite cooking utensil (s) of all time?
Apart from knives, I would have to say tongs. I use them for everything from stirring to juicing citrus. Also love my wooden spoons.
First and four most are the ones that grow off the ends of my wrists. Seriously; fingers and hands are my favorite kitchen tools.
After that, it should go without saying, my knives.
I never gave this much thought, cuz I use all my tools and utensils about equally. So I take the approach, if I had to give one up, which would I most miss. Looking at it that way, I offer tongs as a hesitant third place.
My stove and my pots
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume).
Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...
I would be lost without at least one pressure cooker. After that, I don't know. Knives are knives, spoons are spoons, and never the twain shall meet?
Oh, yes, also my molcajete & tejelote. Stone age blender...it rocks!
Edited by amazingrace - 10/26/10 at 8:36am
i don't think that knives(sharp) even need to be mentioned, for obvious reasons...do like ky's hand and fingers answer...cool......two things i use everytime i cook or do anything in the kitchen every single day, are tongs and rubber spats...love them both equally... wish there was a better potholder for the oven...something not so bulky, definately not silicone or those awful mitt thingys... while bar rags are okay for stove top pots, they are a little thin for commercial oven use i use thick washcloths for that...
food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all Harriet Van Horne
It would have to be pizza scissors, most def.
Can't live without 'em. But who could?
Seriously though, even though there's nothing "pro" about Westmark's slotted spatula/tongs, and while I could live without them, I love them.
In case it's not obvious, the tongs come apart and become two... wait for it... spatulas. Working two together gives you a lot of surface which can be helpful with big pieces. The spatulas themselves are slightly curved, and when they're put together as tongs, they can be oriented to squeeze or cup. Where they really shine is as fish and schnitzel tongs...so gentle.
Two items -
1 My granny's girdle (griddle for those who don't have 'Scots' as a language!) - a large circle of iron, with an oval handle and a hanging hook. It makes THE best drop scones, oatcakes and other items.
2 My family shortbread mould. It's wooden, circular, with a zig zag pattern around the edges and a thistle in the middle. It's from the mid 1800s, and the wood (which I think might be Scots Pine) is now darkened with age and the application of nearly 150 years of buttery/sugary goodness!