As part of Kevin Sharkey’s kitchen remodel IRS write-off (am I cynical? Why, yes!) several months ago, Living did a big feature on his kitchen and how “Martha” (meaning MSLO I think) helped him redo it. Included in this was a list of kitchen essentials. I went through that list on my blog and a lot of you commented about your own kitchen essentials. Someone is snoozing in editorial at Living because April’s issue includes yet another shorter list of 10 kitchen essentials. So just for kicks, I thought I would go through this one as well.
– Measuring cups and spoons. Duh.
– Asian strainer. I do like mine, but I think a slotted spoon is almost as good.
– High-heat rubber spatula. Yes, definitely.
– Vegetable peeler. They say they like Y shaped peelers. I am fond of my Oxo peeler with the rubber handle.
– Flour-sack towels. Personally, I prefer a terry towel since it absorbs more.
– Maple cutting boards. I use plastic only. I agree that wood is nicer, but I think plastic is safer.
– Mini kitchen torch. I don’t have one and have had success just using my broiler when needed.
– Pump-style salad spinner. I had one and chucked it when we moved 10 years ago. It just took up too much room. I also hated washing it. So now I soak my greens in a colander in the sink, then let them sit in the colander over the open sink to drain and pat them dry with a towel.
– Mandoline. I don’t have one and toy with buying one. I am afraid I’ll slice off some bodily appendages with it. I do have a slicing attachment for my Cuisinart which I use for large amounts of slicing.
All right readers, what are your thoughts on this list? My personal list of top ten essentials would be: plastic cutting boards, chef knife, small paring knife, rubber scraper, handheld cheese grater, tongs, silpats, nonstick pans, Oxo veg peeler, and measuring spoons/cups, including glass liquid measuring cups which I use to boil water in the microwave.