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Microplane zester lemon zester is the easiest thing to tell me when people mention the kitchen gift guide.
It's a small thing, but it's a big difference, because lemon zest is the key to making many things from baked goods to salad sauce delicious, the normal procedure for removing the skin also includes removing the skin from the knuckles with a box grinder.
But don't use it just for enthusiasm.
Thick with it-
Apply nutmeg on egg wine, chocolate on whipped cream or mousse, and cheese on pasta or salad. High-quality jar-
You don't think there's anything to say about measuring a spoon ---
At least unless you take the time to look for a spoon and try to predict the size of a cheap plastic spoon that has washed out the print in the dishwasher, or gently place the spices in a bowl of round spoons that don't fit your jar.
So what do I look for in a set of spoons?
Solid stainless steel, etched on the handle instead of printed marks, long rather than round bowls, and spoons hanging on the ring so I can hang them on the hook, instead of looking for them in my cutlery drawer ---
Like this one. A six-
Piece set with 3/4-
It will be very useful if you can find a teaspoon. Extra-
We somehow got a fish shovel a few years ago.
I don't know how to do it because I hate cooking fish.
When I realized that a very large spatula was a very convenient thing.
Others seem to be aware of this too, as the big spatula seems to be spreading.
We also now have pancake turner, grill spatula, and even this novelty, which is useful for things like mobile pizza.
I almost never use my regular spatula because the wide spatula is more convenient.
OXO lock pliers are useful for a lot of things, from turning some meat for Brownings, to fishing pasta from boiling water to check if it's delicious, to throwing a salad.
I have three ---
Metal for steel pans, silicone-
Go to the non-stick pan and take out a pair of ice tongs from the ice buckets we barely use, which are re-used as kitchen tools.
If you only have one pair and you buy it for someone who has a non-stick pan, remember that longer periods of time are more generally useful, the silicone head can be used on a metal pan, but the metal head cannot be used on a non-stick pan.
I learned to separate the old eggs.
Old fashioned way: Transfer the egg yolk back and forth between two halves of the egg shell.
If you're not sensitive to your nose
Like the feeling of protein--
And wash your hands carefully--
Then you can simply break the eggs into your palm and let the white stuff run into the bowl between your fingers.
But if you want to reach the speed of the manual method without confusion, you need an egg separator.
Especially good for the start but aspiring chefs who need separate proteins but may be intimidated by the prospect of producing them.
These people contacted me early this year and asked if I was interested in trying out their drying system
Old steak in the fridge
It's hard to do dry aging in the home because plastic-
The wrapped meat will put grams, the exposed meat will absorb the smell in the refrigerator, and put all the other things nearby.
I doubt their bag will work, but they convinced me in the end.
It's not easy to dry and aging at home. -
You need a large piece of meat (
I like a bone. in rib roast)
, It needs to have a huge fat cap because you end up trimming a lot from the outside after the aging process and you don't want to cut the meat off either.
Then you put it in the bag and you should vacuum it
Sealing, but I admit that I never got the hang of vacuum sealing and ended up using the water replacement method to drain the air and then seal it with a nice, tight rubber band.
Finally, you put it in the fridge for a month or so, cut some steak and slice the green
Look at something from the edge, the rest of the grill.
Think it sounds too complicated?
The steak was great before you made the decision.
I'm not saying David Burke will serve my dry goods.
Old Costco ribeyes at Primehouse, but I guess we have about 90% of the way to go and they are better than we eat at some very upscale local steakhouses.
We bought eight good steaks for less than the two of us went out for a steak and a bottle of wine.
Pizza Crispin meshMoisture is the enemy.
Pizza Netcom has used exposing the bottom of what you cook to the air to alleviate the problem so that it doesn't get softened by the steam trapped between the food and the metal pan.
Obviously this is useful for pizza, but we also use them in the oven.
Grilled tortillas, bread chicken and anything else that is usually not crispy enough in a home oven. (
If you are worried about dripping cheese, please put a cookie on the shelf below. )
The metal is more beautiful, but the non-stick net is very helpful to us.
You may not have noticed the OXO silicone baking brush, but for some time the US is in the midst of a huge pastry brush crisis.
It seems impossible to buy a decent brush in a regular shop;
The traditional brush is so cheap that a new purchase actually leaves a cluster of hair on my turkey as if it were moldy.
The silicone brushes do not fall off, but they also do not deliver the liquid effectively to the designated destination.
Finally, I am very pleased that OXO solved the problem, it is small in size, good for pastry, and for baking, it is very large in size. Silicone pie-
I recently had dinner with a friend who said, "I finally tried a silicone pastry pad, which is a big difference!
It was so simple all of a sudden. I just wanted to make pies all the time.
"Naturally, I go home and ride a motorcycle because I seem to be talking to the vacuum all these years.
Anyone who has read my article on food should now know my firm commitment to using silicone in pastry making.
You don't want a silicone Pie pot--
Like most people who have tried the silicone pan, I quickly came to the conclusion that "floppy disk" is not an ideal quality in your bakers.
However, if you make a pie (and you should! )
, So it seems to me that everything else you use should be silicone: Silicone roll pin, silicone pastry pad, silicone Pie cover. Why?
Because silicone is not-sticky.
This makes it very easy to roll out your shell and move it from the mat to the pan.
Still, the silicone is also very easy to store as you can crush it into any old shape.
Other silicone ice trays are great--
It's a bit floppy in the refrigerator, but the ice is super delicious. easily.
We have three sizes of silicone ice tray--
A huge round sphere (
They melt more slowly, reducing the dilution of drinks.
Not only do we use them to make ice cubes, but we also use them to freeze things like cheese grits for frying.
I also have silpat mats for baking and candy making, and a silicone steamer.
Basically, anything that benefits from reducing stickiness or flexibility is a good candidate for silicone.
This does not include baking pans as mentioned above.
The lid is a problem if you are like me.
There is a problem with the Tupperware lid, and there is a problem with the lid--
They take up space and you will never find space that matches the container you want to use.
I'm afraid I can't get Tupperware for you;
My theory of work is that there is a colony somewhere in the remote mountainous area, and Tupperware's lid is trying to escape all its life.
Many of them will succeed and you have to accept that.
But there is a solution for the lid: Universal lid.
I love the affordable fromRSVP, well sealed and offer clear glass windows so you can watch your food cook.
I put two on my pan rack, under the stove, I stuffed my Cohn Ricken overflow plug, which is a silicone cover that uses a central flap
Between these three I have moved the rest of the pot cover to the basement where I only care about them and they can escape to any Shangri-LaLa awaits them.
Yes, this is not the most romantic gift.
But they are the most useful.
These are very convenient, not just pizza--
They are perfect for cutting pastries or splitting sandwiches.
They are basically available in two models: the wheel and the handle model.
Anyway, you're looking for a solid blade and a handle that will put a lot of pressure on you.
The spoon with a lever to bring the ice cream out always looks attractive, but they tend to be fragile and feel sick in the face of hard ice cream.
Avoid gimmicks and get something with a strong structure.
Take out the ice cream with a spoon if needed.
Mr. olive oil doesn't have to spray the pan with Pam, you can use your own olive oil, which is not only convenient but tastes better.
I'm not saying it will change your life, but it's good to have such a life.
If you use the kitchen hemp rope, hemp rope dispenser--
You were tying them up before the roast chicken, weren't you? --
Then it is convenient to have a dispenser to prevent it from winding.
Look for one with cutter that can be used with one hand when the other holds the leg.
Intimate gift ($25 to $50)
These bowls are not the best thing to hit a cake because their funny shapes make this awkward.
However, they are the smartest prepared bowls on the market.
The dumped lips are cleverly shaped, allowing you to allocate an egg at a time with a built-in egg on both sides
In shield, the contents of the guiding bowl flow out of the spout, not from the side, and even under the pour lip there is a handy little ledge that grabs the edge of the mixing bowl, help you pour.
They also have measuring lines on the edges. -
Very convenient for wet ingredients.
Before these bowls enter my stand mixer, I mix almost everything together, and I am good for them.
Most digital thermometers are useless, to be polite.
Yes, I also fell in love with the siren sound of a detector, which can stay inside when you cook, and it will remind you when the food is finished.
I fell many times.
I'm basically 13-year-
Old girl of digital thermometer consumer.
Old boy, there are two kinds of this thermometer: one is a thermometer that stops performing soon after you promise, and the other is a thermometer that never has any benefit.
I have gone back to the old mock model and you can buy it at the supermarket for $5 which is fine.
They still work fine, but if you want to read something a little faster and give you an exact number, I can now happily recommend the Lavatools digital pen thermometer.
A great gift for the middle class
People of this age suddenly did not see any print smaller than the headline of the newspaper that declared the beginning of another world war.
Rocky cast iron pansNonstick and cast iron cookware are extreme;
The non-stick pot is really only useful to gentle people.
Temperature Cooking (
Since it won't scorch your food, manufacturers usually recommend not to use them at high temperatures)
, When you try to cook things at very, very hot temperatures, traditional cast iron is in the best condition.
Oh, you can do something else in it (
Despite being away from any wine, tomato or juice, your food will end up with a taste of iron unless the pan is fully seasoned).
But these pots are killer apps for barbecue and grilled no
Knead the bread as they become very, very hot and will last for a long time.
They are also cheap compared to things like All-heck
Stainless steel pot. I have a 12-
8-inch frying pan
Inch frying pan and 7-
I used the Dutch oven.
The good thing is that these pots will last forever as the seasoning develops and will continue to get better.
The disadvantage of cast iron is that it is very picky ---
Soap will peel off the seasoning and rust when it gets wet, so you have to carefully scrub it with an unsoaked steel wire and dry it on the stove.
All this means that, despite the attractive price, it's a gift for serious meat --
Diners who are willing to commit to maintaining their cast iron, rather than temporary chefs who just got their first apartment.
For these people, think about the Bialetti below that doesn't stick ceramic.
Bialetti ceramic pot I have been hesitant to join the ceramic non-stick pot revolution, in part because I already have a non-stick pot, and as far as I am concerned, there are two uses for non-stick pots: making egg and Parma cheese bowl. (
Melt the Parmesan cheese in a circle and cook it to golden yellow and crisp, remove it from the pan and cover it in a pour bowl sprayed with Pam.
Basically, if you want to impress people who don't know how easy it is to make a Parma cheese bowl, it's a fancy way to serve a salad. )
Also, I'm a little skeptical about these claims.
However, I found one at the supermarket for $20 and now it gets daily use at least in the McSuderman family.
For nearly a year of heavy use, its surface is still scratched
Although the official blog spouse is not necessarily free
Be careful to use metal appliances in our non-stick equipment.
It distributes heat well and has no hot spots at the gentle temperatures required for non-stick cooking. Paderno four-
The spiral is a unit, and I am generally skeptical about the unit.
One thing it does, however, is a bit beautiful, especially when you're trying to reduce carbs.
Just practice a little and you can turn the zucchini into a reasonable replica of the pasta.
I am not saying that you will confuse it with pasta, but it will be a very delicious alternative to your pasta --
It has the same calorie and blood sugar index as water.
This does need practice, though. -
You only cook "zoodles" in the sauce for a few minutes, use zoodles to have a very thin line between "delicious al dente" and "mmmm", and eat sticky bugs for dinner!
"It also takes some setup to get your spiral ready to spiral.
So, for people who are less likely to try to master the technology and use the machine, do not do so, that is, a person who likes zucchini and/or hates carbohydrates, in the white hot flame of thousands of sun.
If you roll like this, it will also make very nice sweet potato roll oven fries.
I have a love-
The relationship with mandolin is annoying.
On the one hand, they quickly made fine and uniform slices.
On the other hand, they are a bit awkward to use, and if you are not too careful, they are a great way to cut off your fingertips.
Amazon's search for these things will also show cut-
However, for people who have difficulty getting a knife or need to produce a lot of vegetable fries of perfect size, it is either mandolin or those super
Exquisite food processing machine.
My food processor has moved to the basement as we acquired Thermomix, which means mandolin is getting a lot of use.
I have a basic OXO and I am very happy with it, but my mother and I also saw this model at the family and family Fair in Chicago and loved it.
Nothing is more comfortable than a pot of fresh loose tea
When you are sick or just come in from the cold winter, you can use leaf tea.
I love Bodem for stainless steel filters, though this is not a super
Advanced technology, so any pressure pot with decent
Looks like the filter is really good.
The slow cooker has been a friend of working parents and potluck enthusiasts for decades, and the test kitchen in the United States now has two very good slow cookercooker books --
Slow Cooker Revolution, Volume 1 and Volume 2--
It helps you to make really good food instead of tasteless corn porridge.
I have basic tanks. Pot 6-
Quart model, do a good job.
The more beautiful ones look more beautiful, but I have no reason to think that they actually do better, so I am a humble workaholic.
If you want to give away a slow cooker, be sure to consider including the best slow cooker collection books by far
Cooking recipes are there. Generous gifts ($50 to $150)
Do you need a blender? No.
You can always pour these things into your regular blender and puree.
But it's often confusing and doesn't cause minor burns occasionally, so people often want a stick mixer.
I used one myself, not only for soup, but also for cream in a measuring cup.
My previous position is that as long as you buy it made by a decent manufacturer, it doesn't matter which mixer you buy, but OXO transformed me into a new series of kitchen appliances last year.
Its model is super
Comfortable holding, reasonable price and beautiful features like bright head so you can see your pot.
Instant cookers do not cook rice like rice cookers.
It's not as convenient as 7-
Slow cooker Quart.
But it can do both these things and yogurt, and it is a pressure cooker that can start.
Why do you want a pressure cooker?
Speed and taste are two reasons.
Not only does the pressure cook faster, it also produces some of the best broth I 've ever had.
I prefer to cook soup and stew like this now.
Because its cooking and rice are also slow, you can integrate a lot of equipment on the counter. (
You know my rules, right?
A major device must be placed on your counter or you will not bother to use it. )
There is a better version of this machine, like a cute-
Looks like Breville.
But half the price of my instant pot is good.
Zojirushi rice cooker I am skeptical about rice cooker, if you buy those cheap models at Target for $20, you may have given up, just like me
But Zojirushis did a very good job. -
Keep warm for hours or even days.
Obviously, this is not a gift for a low personcarbing.
On the other hand, it's a great gift for a gluten eaterfree.
You can spend a lot of money on these machines, but I find any of them vague
The logic models that Costco often provides do a good job.
No family should have pepper pots.
If you want to use pre-
Ground pepper, you might as well go to a friend who still smokes and ask them to leave the Ashes on your food.
Age kills delicious volatile substances that make fresh ground pepper the default spice for Western European food.
Grinding salt provides less in terms of advantages, but when you are going to grind, you 'd better match a set of matching salt.
Now, almost all the grinding machines are OK, but I like these;
They are attractive and provide a good grinding effect, making it easier for people with hectic hands to use levers compared to traditional twist grinding machines.
They have to polish it a few times a year, but it takes five minutes and it seems worth it.
A good baking dish. -
Strong and durable, able to withstand high temperatures--
A kitchen workaholic.
You don't need a super
Senior model from All-
But you also don't want those thin aluminum jobs because they don't keep and pass even heat.
Sous vide is now at the price point and there is little reason not to eat if you eat meat.
Sous vide cooks things in a water bath pan, so instead of applying high temperature to the outside before the inside reaches the desired temperature, cook the whole piece of meat in a water bath pan-
Cook completely evenly to the target temperature.
It is impossible to overcook.
This is the first advantage, but the second advantage is that you can do things that you can't do in any other way, like three.
Medium day short ribs
Rare but tender like a long bra.
I have an old water.
Bathtub model, but the immersive Circulator caught at the edge of the pan takes up less space and has now dropped to $100
Good review for $150.
The meat outside will send out a gray that does not appetizing, but just throw it on the grill or on a well
The heated stainless steel or cast iron pan can be scorched quickly and get the perfect effect every time.
If you are going to provide a vacuum sealer, you may end up wanting a vacuum sealer.
Oh, you can drain the air with a Ziploc bag, a bowl of water and a straw by water replacement.
But the vacuum sealer does a little bit better and is convenient for other uses, such as buying meat in bulk and then freezing it in smaller portions.
Obviously, you can also pre-
When you really don't have time to cook, prepare your sous vide bag in bulk, freeze it and throw it in the tub for a handy meal.
In a moderately priced consumption model, the diet is still the leader, and there are basically two types of manual and automatic.
I have an auto pack with a moderate price, and the auto pack comments are a little better than the manual ones, although they don't work with your Umai dry pack.
For people who often drink tea or anyone who often needs boiled water, the electric kettle is very convenient.
It should be cordless so you can easily carry it with you in the kitchen without needing to unplug and re-insert.
However, boiling water is not a very advanced technology, so you can handle it with a very basic technology, although you can also pay more for a beautiful technology, or a very fancy one that allows you to choose the exact temperature of the water-
Useful for people who are very picky about tea or pouring teaover coffee.
I should tell you now that I do not like the George Foreman Grill;
I like roast meat, but I don't like steamed meat.
On the other hand, I like panini sandwiches.
I also like to cook French toast or pancakes on the electric grill at the table, which allows me to sit with my guests, and equally important, let me adjust the temperature of the food just right.
This grill is both--
Made a great sandwich and opened a very good baking tray.
I have been eating for many years and use it often.
If you ever wanted a spare burner, the portable induction cooker would be very convenient.
It's also great to put your steak Diane or banana on the table.
Induction is safe for the child as it uses a magnet instead of heating the surface-
You can touch the burner when it is turned on, it is very cool.
However, the disadvantage is that since it uses magnets, it is only suitable for cast iron and certain stainless steel alloys.
Gestures of luxury ($150 and up)
I admit I don't own any of these boards. -
But I really want it.
The cutting board should be wood, it can protect your knife and can be polished regularly to prevent bacteria from breeding in the cutting marks.
But my cheap bamboo board works well and I can't exercise myself with this lovely kitchen candy.
But if you want something fancy for a chef who seems to have everything, consider upgrading their cutting board.
Strictly speaking, this is not a gadget in the kitchen.
But it is perfect for use when you cook.
It streams your music from Pandora and Amazon, offering news and podcasts that will perform simple conversions--
For example, how many pounds are in 500 grams-
If you like to listen to Spotify or iTunes, it will become a very good Bluetooth speaker.
When your hand is covered by gunk, it does all of this under the voice command.
Large frying pans cooked for groups need at least one huge pot to have plenty of things in Browning.
It's expensive, but I love everything I do. Clad 5-
Quart pan, from fried chips to light fried, handles everything.
Because everything about it
The metal structure can also be done under the oven or broiler.
Lello pasta maker I envision myself making my own pasta by hand, carefully feeding it through the roller and cutting out the shape.
However, when it comes time to do this, I always go to the box.
People who do pasta take out the tedious labor from pasta and let you eat fresh pasta within a few minutes of work.
It's not "set and forget "--
You have to take the time to knead the dough and then sit next to the machine and cut the dough off when it is squeezed out.
So it's still not as convenient as a box of dry pasta, but I find it worth it.
Breville machine ice cream machine I have been doing ice cream in KitchenAid accessories for many years, but I broke down a few years ago and bought a compressor.
You need to make quite a bit of ice cream to prove this because it's expensive and takes up quite a bit of space.
But if you do, the compressor doesn't need to find space in your refrigerator to pre-
Freeze the Bowl
You can eat ice cream as soon as you think of it--
Although for the sake of your arteries, I do not recommend that you do as much as possible.
Breville is easy to use, offers a variety of settings for ice cream and traditional ice cream, and does a great job. KitchenAid 6-
You'll want a stand mixer if you're going to bake a lot.
I like KitchenAid very much.
Bread makers complained a few years ago that it had turned to plastic gears ---
It can't withstand the harsh test of heavy dough-
The larger pro models are available-
The chefs rated them with steel gears and lead.
Many people prefer tilt.
Head mixer, which makes it a little easier to release the bowls, but they are criticized on the Cooking forum for lack of motivation, once you get used to the bowl --
Elevator model, you don't even remember you care.
There are also a large number of accessories for kitchen aids that turn them into everything from ice cream makers to grain mills to stir cookers, except for the meat grinder, this left a string of oil in our meat and I was very happy with every one I tried.
They also have a variety of colors, but I will be very careful. -
Today's glorious Orange is the harvest of gold tomorrow.
A good oven is a wonderful appliance.
It can replace the oven you use for a big holiday meal or a hot summer, and of course, it can also toast.
On the other hand, the bad toaster oven is not much better than sticking the toast under the broiler.
I am a fan of Breville and it is really a nice oven replacement with excellent convection and plenty of baking and very good toast.
It won't grind beans.
Cappuccino is not good.
It does not have a timer or any other fancy auto function.
All it does is make the absolutely perfect coffee at the exact temperature, put it in a hot glass bottle and keep it warm for a few hours without giving it an overcooked flavor.
Thermomix is like I always start with the humble lemon zester, I always end the guide with this opposite machine: an over-inflated kitchen appliance that whisk or even cooks food for you.
Able to cook and stir at the same time, reducing many tedious kitchen tasks from sauces
In a few seconds of preparation, make caramel onions for bacon jam.
I don't have other appliances in my kitchen to do so much to save my time and energy in the kitchen, and even if I feel like I don't have time to cook, it's easy to produce delicious food.
Do I need Thermomix?
No one needs it.
But there is no other machine that will let you stick all the ingredients of bechamel or hollandaise in the jar, press a few buttons and go back to the perfect sauce in 10 minutes.
Or caramel onions without having to stand on the stove for an hour.
Or make a cooked icing without fiddling with a double boiler.
It can also do the normal kitchen work: it is a very good mixer, whip cream and protein that can even be used as a metric scale.
So I am very happy that I have a Thermomix, even though I am fully capable of doing all these things by hand.
The key is price.
The TM31 model I retail is about $1,600;
The new TM5 I don't have reliable price information seems to be rolling out for around $1,800 and it's a bit high.
Their structure is incredible and seems to last forever, but spending on kitchen appliances is still a lot of money.
The good news is that if you want one, they are distributing it now in the USS.
So, you no longer have to sneak into Canada to order one. Who is this?
A person who often cooks and wants to cook more.
People who want to integrate food processors, scales, steamer and mixers into a countertop appliance.
Someone you are willing to spend a lot of money on.
But they will be very grateful, I promise.
If I had to pick an appliance for my kitchen, I would go back to the oven and toast and keep it.
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