Luxury & Specialty Kitchen Tools
Posted On July 13, 2020
“Luxury and Specialty Kitchen Tools” do seem quite frivolous, but you won’t believe how many tools we use that are just not really necessary. This claim however can be challenged by what you use every day, and what may not be essential to me, maybe essential to you. After looking at the previous article, “Antique and Traditional Kitchen Tools”, did you get any ideas as to how you could live without your specialty tools? You certainly don’t have to, but trying out different simpler methods can really be helpful if you are tight on space. The reverse can be true, that which you can use a specialty tool if you are short on time. This article will have a few electronic items listed. Let’s have a look at what is here!
(*) Suggests an alternative tool for the same use.
(~) Explains the function of a tool. This can also suggest a different variety of tools.
(E) I consider it essential in my kitchen.
- Spoon rest (*Plate or bowl)(~Spoon shaped plate for leaving a drippy spoon to rest while cooking.)
- Paper towel holder (*Convenience item)(~Wire or plastic holder for paper towels to stand upright or hand sideways for easy access.)
- Pizza “stone” (*Circular pan)(~Used to cook wide foods like pizza in the oven. Stone is good for crispier pizzas.)
- Baking mold (~Specialty item used for themed cakes & cookies.)
- Flour sifter (E~For mixing milled flours and powders together, also useful for washing grains in. This can also be used as a colander if rested in a larger bowl.)
- Electric mixer (*Hand Mix/Mechanical Mix)(~Large Mixer for all types of combining of foods, sometimes has additional tools like a dough hook or a pasta punch.) This tool is considered a basic must-have item in most kitchens.
- Pizza cutter/Pastry wheel(*Knife)(~Circular Blade used to cut large flat foods.)
- Pastry blender ( *Fork or hands)(~Mashing and cutting function to blend pastry dough. Looks like a large half-loop with 3 long rectangular holes on a handle.)
- Electric food processor (Ninja, Bullet, Vitamix, etc. *Hand Process)(E~ My personal only electric item I use to mill food or make things like oat milk.)
- Hand food processor (Punch knife)(*Knife)(~Novelty item, a dome with a large button. Inside is a patterned blade within the cup. Press the button to cut food within the dome.)
- Slotted spatula (*Spatula)(~Spatula with long holes, used for separating dry from wet foods.)
- Slotted turner (*Tongs)(~Round slightly domed spatula with holes used to pull fried foods from oil.)
- Pasta spoon ( *Tongs)(~Used to catch long pasta without it slipping from your tool.)
- Spider skimmer (Wire Spoon with a net dome, useful for pulling top layer of food refuse off of a liquid body of food.)
- Splatter screen (~Large wire hoop with a screen attached. Keeps oil from spitting at you as you cook. Note: Do not use a pan lid instead of a splatter screen! Catching oil and water together in a heated small space can cause a grease fire.)
- Nonstick cookie mat (*Baking sheet)(~Novelty item, adjustable, bendable mat for cookies to remove easily instead scraped directly from the pan.)
- Cookie rack (*Baking sheet)(~Allows cookies to cool faster.)
- Serving board/stone (*Plate)(~Novelty item, for entertaining. Can be used to serve cheese, meat, crackers, and fruit together.)
- Meat rack (E~ Essential for roasting large bodies of meat like a chicken or a turkey. Rack is adjustable and collapsable.)
- Garlic mincer (*Flat side of a knife)(~Pushes garlic through a small set of holes in a tube.)
- Meat hammer (Tenderizer)(E~Breaks up the meat or flattens it to cook more thoroughly. -Used primarily for chicken.)
- Potato masher (*Flat side of a spoon)(~Large hand-held tool with flat grate, used with brute force on cooked potatoes and other foods.)
- Mortar and pestle (E~Explained in traditional kitchen tools.)
- Cake icing knife (*Butter knife)(~Round knife used to put frosting on cakes and cookies.)
- Cookie dough scoop (*Spoon)(~Hands off and consistent portioning of cookie dough. Sometimes it has a mechanical trigger to separate cookie dough from the scoop.)
- Skewers (~Metal or wooden sticks used to hold veggies, meat, and fruit to cook on a grill or over a fire.)
- Ice cream scoop ( *Spoon)(~Rounded large spoon for ice cream, sometimes it has a mechanical trigger to separate ice cream from the scoop.)
- Fruit huller (~Specialized tool to dig out seeds and pits from fruit for canning, baking, or eating.)
- Food scale (~Specialized tool used to measure portions by weight for cooking. Very useful for conversions of measurements.)
- Kevlar Glove (~Protective glove for high-risk knife tools like the Mandoline. This tool is really useful for beginner cooks that may not be as experienced with proper cutting practices.)
The list could go on forever if I was including electronic cooking appliances, tools, and paraphernalia. Hopefully, the general idea of these items shows what is commonly used, and what is not. If you are a regular canner, you might rely only on a pair of Mason jar tongs, a stockpot for boiling water, and a fruit huller, while others may not ever need them.
Each tool has its place generally in the kitchen. What I want to show is how some tools are not only expensive but not necessary in the long run. With more experience as a cook, you too will weed out your underperforming unitaskers, and hone in on your favorite tools!
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