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list of basic utensils for the kitchen

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

i'm starting to build a "knowledge base" in my language for food and i'm wondering if you can help me with a list of things that are basic for the kitchen.

i guess i can search for it but maybe this thread will bring more disccusion and even more information. i guess some will find it helpful.

 

talk to you soon

me,

post #2 of 16

This is my basic "utensil" kit for a home kitchen:

 

A whisk with a comfortable handle

A couple/few spatulas - one for eggs, one for fish, and one for regular pan/griddle work, etc

A good ladle

A slotted spoon

A couple/few plating spoons

A good, long wooden spoon (or two)

A decent masher

A few pairs of good tongs - 2-long and 1-short

A couple of strainers - different mesh size

A couple different sized graters

A micro plane

And above all - an accurate Thermometer

 

I have more stuff, but this would be my essential list.

 

I don't consider knives, stones, pots & pans, etc to be utensils.

 

One does need a good cutting board - I prefer end grain hardwood.  If you are working with messy stuff use a plastic sheet.

post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 

thank you so much Mike9

post #4 of 16

I forgot:

 

Good rubber/silicone spatulas 

Readable measuring spoons

A set of measuring cups

post #5 of 16
for me, I would add ---
nesting SS mixing bowls
good oven mitts
trivets
digital scale
digital timer
mortar and pestle
--- but that's my kitchen ---
post #6 of 16
It depends if you just want a list of utensils or if you include appliances?
I would add a peeler and can opener to the list.
If appliances are included a stick blender, a blender, & a food processor if you want to make things like your own dips, jams , soups etc
post #7 of 16
I'm inexorably destined to spend eternity in hell. I know.
 

 

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post #8 of 16

OH MY GOSH!!

Ordo, how could I have not thought of that?

Maybe 30 years ago you may have needed one of these as well...

post #9 of 16

Centerless corkscrews are better than the screw type ones.

 

mjb.

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post #10 of 16

i tried to google search 'centerless corksrew' mjb, what is that?

post #11 of 16

 

This is a poorly focused snapshot, but it should show the basic idea.  Think of the one here as a bolt with the threads going around it.  In the tool Ordo pictured, there is no bolt, just the threads.  That way there is less displacement of the cork giving a reduced probability to having the cork fall apart before it gets removed.

 

mjb.

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post #12 of 16

Well there is a possiblety for a displacement to use something knowing that it wont fall apart.

post #13 of 16

Also indispensable: inox and plastic scrapers. Pick up food; clean the board; mix a dough, etc. 

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post #14 of 16

Food mill.

 

A decent cheap citrus juicer. I hate them for lemons and limes, but like them for oranges and grapefruits. I'm talking something simple along the lines of this:

 

 

Always keep cheesecloth or a nut milk bag around just in case.

 

Potato ricer.

 

Spice grinder isn't the worst idea.

post #15 of 16

I use my metal mixing bowls every single day, couldn't miss them;

 

post #16 of 16

I got some stainless bowls with rubber bottoms years ago at a supplier and use them almost every day. Can't win without them.

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