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Old 06-20-2014, 07:33 PM  
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-- Please discuss your kitchen hardware/tools/cooking utensils etc...

Hi Guys.

So in this thread I'd be interested in the following:

- newer tools that you use that are not as common

- common utensils that you have in the kitchen that are staples for your cooking.

- Old family treasure passed down to you - such as a special knife or something useful like that.

- A few more items you may consider discussing - Cutting-boards, knives (again), presses, spatula's, maybe pancake turners/spatula's.

- I'm okay with even going as far as spices in your spice-rack.



Lately I don't have a bunch to brag about - I did recently drop about $350 at Burlington Coat Factory (of all places) on cookware (I had nothing decent since the divorce) - they had a lot of unique things, one of my sautee skillets is ceramics and has the best handle for flipping pasta's (or whatever) - another thing I had discovered there was a really nice bacon press. I will get the brand-name a little later on this weekend.

I will add photo's over the weekend, hopefully.


I wanted the thread to drop tonight though, so please share anything that's cool, special or especially 'useful' for your throwing down in the kitchen.


Thanks guys.

Look forward to hearing about and/or seeing your gear.
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Old 06-21-2014, 06:50 PM   #196
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Has anyone used a coffee grinder or pepper mill for grinding dried spices? I'd like something that gets finer texture than mortar and pestle.

I use a burr grinder for my spices. I also have a small blade coffee grinder for smaller jobs. It's important to have one dedicated to spices and not shared with coffee beans (unless you want your coffee tasting like cumin).

These are what I have:



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Old 06-21-2014, 06:52 PM   #197
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I use a burr grinder for my spices. I also have a small blade coffee grinder for smaller jobs. It's important to have one dedicated to spices and not shared with coffee beans (unless you want your coffee tasting like cumin).

These are what I have:



Yeah I was looking at small coffee grinders for dedicated spice use. I don't need anything too big.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:14 PM   #198
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Has anyone used a coffee grinder or pepper mill for grinding dried spices? I'd like something that gets finer texture than mortar and pestle.
I use a coffee grinder, and it works fine. I make a lot of 10 spice powder with if. You just have to make sure you clean it out well afterwards.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #199
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I use a coffee grinder, and it works fine. I make a lot of 10 spice powder with if. You just have to make sure you clean it out well afterwards.
Fine to go cheapo, but might try to find a stainless steel bowl. Many are plastic, and the spice oils can prove hard to get out if you are using it for multiple spices.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:36 PM   #200
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I don't THINK Mom subscribed to anything, but she bought pans from Wilton. So I'd bet they at least came from the same place.
Yeah, the one's listed were Wilton, except for the Easte lamb cake pan, which I ordered from Martha Stewart. 'Cept I carved that one down to turn it into a Unicorn for a Birthday Fantasy party. Never used it ever again. It was heavy gauge too.

I did a lot of themed Birthday parties for years for my daughter, including making lollipops to match and all.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:39 PM   #201
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Two refrigerators and an extra freezer. The second fridge was a top quality Amana that I got for free because some guy was getting married and they were combining households. The extra freezer is a huge chest freezer was 50 bucks.

This lets us stock up on sales, and we don't have to go upstairs/downstairs to get basics.
Geezaz! Does the electric bill wipe out the savings from the sale?

I had a neighbor move and offered hers for free. I could kick myself for saying no. I just don't have room in my garage.
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Old 06-25-2014, 08:14 PM   #202
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I believe it was this thread someone said they would like to get a Kitchenaid pro mixer and a nice price?

Hard to beat this one if your in the market.
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:45 AM   #203
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It's turnkey. You have the option to grind or not, depending on if you're using beans from the hopper or putting grinds directly into the filter. Either can be programmed to start on it's own at a set time, ie wake up to the smell of coffee.

The grinder is like the grain mill design

One wheel is grooved and the other flat, and when they rotate across each other, the ground coffee is expelled to the outside with uniform grounds.

This pic is a stone grain wheel set, imagine a smaller carbon steel set inside the maker.



There is a cheaper type that has like a food processor blade at the bottom and a grate on one side where the grounds are expelled to the filter.


I bet that bundt cake would really make you go poo! Looks so solid!
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I believe it was this thread someone said they would like to get a Kitchenaid pro mixer and a nice price?

Hard to beat this one if your in the market.
http://deals.ebay.com/5001326498_Kit...epn=5335869999
That's a good price. If you really need a mixer and have the cash, I'd highly recommend the 6-quart. I like the extra weight and slightly bigger bowl a lot, especially when you're mixing anything that can cause the mixer to move (like kneading a bread dough).
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Nice stuff! The cleaver and the gyuto on the far right... makers? The gyuto looks a lot like Watanabe Blades. That cleaver looks a lot like my Tojiro.
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I know, man. I don't use my blender enough to justify the vitamix purchase, though. Hell, I was even looking for a fifty dollar bill in the Ninja box when I opened it.
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Nice stuff! The cleaver and the gyuto on the far right... makers? The gyuto looks a lot like Watanabe Blades. That cleaver looks a lot like my Tojiro.
The cleaver is a CCK.

Sharp as hell. I don't know what steel they use on it, but it takes an absolute wicked edge. Terrifying level - as in it will take the top of your finger off and you wouldn't even know it until it's lying on the board in front of you. (Although, I have all of my knives that sharp. I'll take most of them to a minimum of an 8k grind on a Shapton glass stone. Some I'll go to a 16k + strop if I want to get completely silly, but 8k-10k is really as high as you need to go for functional top end sharpness.)

The gyuto is a 240 Goko in a White #1 core clad in a stainless kurouchi type finish. Jury is still out on it. I find it wedging a bit more than I'd like, though I was looking for a heavier 240 versus my 240 Miyabi 7000MC gyuto that's also pictured, so that was to be expected anyway.
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