I've been working on setting up my kitchen post college student. I am part of the clueless generation that never had any sort of good home economics course. They cut it out of my high school for budget reasons and my husband had the bad home economics which was make a cake from a box version. I learned how to cook a lot of things from my grandmother but she can't help me with this. My mother says she doesn't have a clue about this and is a self admitted bad cook. I'm trying to go off my grandmother's kitchen but I'm having to do it from a very old memory. I'm doing this over the course of months. My cooking style is mostly asian (mostly korean and japanese). german, irish and american food with a lot of baking. I know this sounds like an odd combo but this is how the cards fell with where I lived and how I grew up. I bake bread bi weekly. Also bagels, cakes, frosting and other things.
My biggest issue is trying to figure out what I need on utensils. I'm at the point where I don't want to do this again for a very long time
My blender is in it's final stages of life. It fought valiantly for a cheap blender but it's no longer doing basic blender task. I'm thinking Vitamix 7500 will be a massive upgrade and the right one that hits most the check boxes. My goal is basic but really good blender with no touch pad. Pulse is important to me because i have recipes that call for it. I want it made in the US with a good warranty and reputation. Would the Vitamix 7500 in black be a good blender for me?
I have a kitchenaid 6 qt stand mixer. I'm thinking about getting the food processor attachment and food grinder. Food grinder because I like hamburgers, meat loaf and tacos and other recipes that require ground meat. My grocery store is not the best on ground meat but decent for others like chuck. It seems like they took the worst of the worst on the cuts I want and turned it into ground beef. Food processor attachment because it does help on large prep days but I don't want it on the counter or taking up alot of storage space. The last item i'm thinking about is a second mixing bowl. Does anyone have any positive or negative reviews on these items. Are there any other attachment you would recommend?
This is the part where I feel really lost... Utensils.... I'm somewhat clueless
Going off what my grandmother had from absolute memory. General utensils everyone need are small and large mesh colander, wide range of wooden spoons (slotted / non slotted various shapes and sizes), whisk both flat and ballon, tongs (12 in?), some sort of spatula, some sort of turning spatula, ice cream scoop. garlic press, grater, spice grater, soup ladle, pasta fork, vegetable peeler, measuring cups and spoons, food mill, potato masher, apple corer, mortar and pestle, can openers, scale, mixing bowls, a pastry brush, a basting brush, a citrus juicer (reamer?), board scrapper, pastry blender, pie bird, melon baller, rolling pin, and thermometers (oven and meat?).
I don't even know where to go to get the nice versions of these. I don't want to try and find these again. The walmart specials are really starting to fail me. I want to avoid made in china (or similar country with a poor quality manufacturing reputation) where possible. I really appreciate any and all advice on how to obtain nice versions of these items.
I appreciate any help or advice given.