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corstijeir
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What do YOU consider essential kitchen tools?

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corstijeir
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Cast iron skillet
3 Sharp knifes of different sizes ( can probably get away with 1 small and just 1 medium )
Rubber spatula
Wooden spoon
Tongs, really if your kitchen doesn't have a good set of tongs you're missing out
Broiler
Butter <- yeah butter, its a tool
A good stock pot

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corstijeir
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These are Tongs btw, not those other silly kind

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Chris Shugart
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One good chef's knife, 6 to 8 inches.

One good paring knife, 2-3 inches.

One large cutting board.

That's where everyone should start.

I use Shun knives, but there are several good ones out there. Expect to pay around $100 for a good chef's. You really don't need a full block set of knives. Most are useless. Two knives, top quality, done.

Learn to use a steel to keep the edge aligned but have them professionally sharpened. Never put them in the dishwasher.

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corstijeir
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I left out cutting board. A large one is nice, but I also like the flexible ones. I use a large plastic one and then have a smaller flexible one, helps for funneling things.

Good dinnerware is nice too, not essential, but nice. Nothing beats a good steak knife.

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hockeydawg
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My vote is for a vegetable steaming basket. No better way to cook and eat vegetables.

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corstijeir
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hockeydawg wrote:
My vote is for a vegetable steaming basket. No better way to cook and eat vegetables.


Love those things, I also grill a lot, so I would have to say a grilling basket for veggies.

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EMT-FF Jordan
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Chris Shugart wrote:

Learn to use a steel to keep the edge aligned but have them professionally sharpened. Never put them in the dishwasher.



Chris, not putting a knife in a dishwasher is huge! I have seen so many knives ruined by laziness ie. placing knives in a dishwasher because they didn't want to wash it by hand.

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lbraga
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Microwave, anyone?

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theBird
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A neoflam pan.

*tweet*

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Marzouk
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Blender

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NYWanderer1982
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A Blendtec Blender. $400 and worth every penny. Grinds through frozen fruit, powders oatmeal, pulverizes green vegetables. The flat base rinses clean in 5 seconds.

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