Urban living guarantees one thing: There is no space for stuff you don’t use. When it comes to kitchen equipment, it’s all about multi-purpose. The wine rack doubles as a book end while the salt dish is transformed into a tea-light candle holder should company stop by. Somehow, it seems the hardest working tools in the kitchen fall upon the shoulders of just a few items. Here are my TOP 5 CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT kitchen utensils.
1) Vegetable Peeler: Not just for vegetables! This guy slices hard cheese into thin elegant shreds, takes the peel off a mango for breakfast smoothies and shaves long pappardelle-like strands of zucchini for no-pasta bolognese.
3) Chef’s Knife: You don’t need a 15-piece knife set to make good food, you just need a sharp chef’s knife that feels comfortable in your hand. I prefer a 6″ blade as I’m 5’1″ and it’s easier for me to handle. Go to a kitchen supply shop and handle a few options. This won’t be your least expensive tool in the kitchen, but take care of a good knife and it’ll last a lifetime.
4) Small Juice Glasses: Deliver chic shots of espresso or serve wine like the Italians. These little glasses have the ability to make a beverage feel refined or casual. Best of all, they can pinch-hit as shot glasses should you find yourself with more mouths than glass wear.
5) Kitchen Towels: There is nothing more coveted in a commercial kitchen than a clean towel. Used on everything from wiping drips off a plate ready for presentation or cleaning your cooking area, these towels do a lot of work in a shift. A home kitchen is no different. From wiping away coffee grounds to cleaning cooking splatters, they preform the good, bad and ugly of kitchen duty.