Creator: Amos Miller
CALLING ALL COOKS OF ALL CUISINES!
Every culture has it's own, unique, sometimes hard-to-find kitchen tools.
Since the 67,000+ members on this site represent virtually the entire world, why not take a few minutes to take a good photo, write the name of the tool, and give a brief description of how the tool is used and what dishes you make using that tool.
We all are hungry - for knowledge, for ideas, for recipes and for food - please feed our hunger!
Holy cow, Amos, what a great idea! I've been called (not always kindly lol) the gadget queen.
I would like to know just where to get one of those juicers!
Hi, A.L. - Look above at Claudia's comment regarding the juicer. Take some photos of you own favorites and just add them to the right, under the photo - hit add/edit, and upload your shots. Good to have you here. By the way, have you been back to look at the carrot cake photos? I am getting some positive feedback. Stay in touch!
No worries about the juicer. I ran out the other day to run a few errands, and happened to spot one of these on sale! I used it as soon as I got home, after washing it, for no other reason than to just play with my new toy lol!
I did see the carrot cake pics, Amos, and they look great! Yum!
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Kitchen Tools, Gear & Gizmos
A China Cap - not as fine a strainer as a chinoise or chinois. A wooden pestle is used to strain soups and juices, etc.
The Ricer - used to make mashed potatoes, for example, with more texture than whipping - and lump free. It works by extruding the vegetable when the flat plate on the upper handle is pressed down. Great for making gnocchi and hash browns.
My most used tools in the kitchen. All-Clad 3 quart sauce pan, Wusthof 8" Santoku Knife,$3.00 pair of tongs, good ole wooden spoon, All-Clad large slotted turner, cutting board, all sitting on my dough table :-)
Juicer-comes in 3 sizes. This one is medium and works for lemons, limes and oranges. easy to reach and super easy to clean. Can't live without it
In 30 Years I am on my second 600 watt Kitchenaide mixer, nothing wrong with the first one, my son uses it. I use this everyday.. from cookies to mashing potatoes my favorite and best friend in the kitchen!
Replaced some bristle kitchen basting brushes - butter cleans easily and it is extremely flexible. Still use bristles for some things, though.
The needle is cut on a bias to let you inject all types of flavorings under the skin of poultry & fowl
I finally, after many years, bought a rice cooker/veg steamer. What a time saver! I can't believe I went so many years without one.
Mexican 'Olla' - this one is lead-free glazed and used for slow cooking some of our bean dishes. (see recipe)
This is an old, well used Corn Grater used by my PA German grandmother, my mom, and me. It scrapes the corn kernels and liquid from the cob. I use it mostly to make little pancakes, that we call corn fritters (see recipe).
The microplane - the modern all-purpose tool for grating, zesting & garnishing. Made in the USA - love it!
When, as they say, I "get my Martha on", I go to her heavy-gauge stainless steel UNBENDABLE measuring cups
This Hamilton-Beach ice cream scoop is a classic tool, still regularly used and without peer. I have had many scoops - none beat this one
The most dependable, best-made manual can opener available - by OXO, about $20. Never skips or slips or failed to open any size can. It locks shut for storage. The black bar at the top has a strong magnet and releases a lid when depressed.
Dumpling press. I bought it at a dollar store for 50 cents. It worked so well, and saved so much time and effort, that I went back and bought 5 more so that the whole family could help with the fun!
This is our baby - a 4 qt. Fagor Elite. These do double duty on the stovetop with their glass covers. Unbeatable!
I use it like I would a vegetable peeler, except it has teeth that cut the slice into julienne strips.
A digital kitchen scale that measures in both US/Metric. One that can be zeroed out with a container on top before added ingredients is ideal. Great tool for baking when using weight formulas.
An instant read digital thermometer. Great for keeping stocks at a constant temperature for long periods of time. Nice for measuring internal temperature when baking as well.
Silpat mats. A must for baking. Nothing sticks to these things. Easier than parchment or spraying for almost anything going into the oven.
For 'special guests' we bring out the Hellem Vaculator coffee maker. Classic, discontinued French perfection with Illy coffee.
Best poultry roaster ever invented: we use them for chicken, a larger version for turkey, and smaller version for cornish or game hens. Ceramic, hand crafted, roasts perfectly from both inside & out
If you do not have AT LEAST 1 motar & pestle - you are not equipt. I like brass, lava stone and marble, depending on what I need to break down..
I've cooked everything from soup to nuts harnessing the energy of the sun. Here the Sun Oven sits closed up on my garden cart.....
In pear season nothing beats a pear corer (at top left) with two curves at each end perfectly sized to scoop the core & strings out.
Feel free to add a photo or two and an explanation or idea for the things that work best for you , whether you're a pro or a novice - we all need the tools to do the job right!
If you have a favorite recipe on C-E-S that employed your favorite tool, by all means post that recipe here when you upload the photo of that tool! !