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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 06-20-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:46 PM   #3
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:51 PM   #4
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:01 PM   #5
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Cutco - forever guaranteed knives, work like a charm but if I sense they are dulling, I just send them back and they send me new. Had them for almost 25 years and replaced them twice. Warning, pictured below is about $900 up front.



Calphalon - duh, everyone knows Calphalon



Stainless steel and silicone wherever possible in utensils [whisks, ladles, spatulas, etc. Even have a collapsible silicone colander as well as a silicone muffin tin and various silicone pads for baking sheets].


Flavorwave Turbo Oven - Halogen heating element with a fan, making a compact convection cooker



Induction cooking hot plate - no heating element, cooks by inducing current in cookware itself, surface only gets hot by contact with pot or pan, like setting a pan on a potholder.



Kenmore Elite Combo Microwave and Convection Oven

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http://www.kenmore.com/kenmore-elite...p-02075153000P



Good quality rice cooker - can do so much more

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I have other stuff, but these are what I rely on daily or at least bi-weekly.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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I would like to personally recommend you all look into bacon/meat presses.

Great thing to own. Mine is cast iron. Again; I'll get the name of it later on - they're on Ebay 'new'
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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Henckel knives and Calpholon hard anodized cookware. I would like a nice kitchenAid mixer. Otherwise I'm good. I would actually like a nice mandoline as well.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:02 PM   #8
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Used a spatula, tongs, plastic cutting board, and two cast iron pans with lids tonight. Knife and fork to eat food which was put on a plate. Drank out of a cup. Cleaned pans with a brush and put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. (Not sure if it was cool to mention the fork, plates, and cup as they were not expressly deemed to be permitted in this thread in the OP, but I went for it anyways.)

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I would like to personally recommend you all look into bacon/meat presses.

Great thing to own. Mine is cast iron. Again; I'll get the name of it later on - they're on Ebay 'new'
Have two. Square one and a pig shaped one.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:05 PM   #9
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I would like to personally recommend you all look into bacon/meat presses.

Great thing to own. Mine is cast iron. Again; I'll get the name of it later on - they're on Ebay 'new'
Microwaves are actually very well suited for cooking bacon. Renders the fat due to the liquid content. Doesn't curl as the heat is applied uniformly at the molecular level. If you have a convection/microwave combi-oven that allows things like stainless steel racks to keep the bacon up out of it's grease, it's the perfect solution.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:11 PM   #10
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Microwaves are actually very well suited for cooking bacon. Renders the fat due to the liquid content. Doesn't curl as the heat is applied uniformly at the molecular level. If you have a convection/microwave combi-oven that allows things like stainless steel racks to keep the bacon up out of it's grease, it's the perfect solution.
IMO the microwave is the best way to cook bacon. I use a thing called a Makin bacon.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:12 PM   #11
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I also bought a t-fal skillet - I thought these were the best of the worst sort of ordeal. But really, they seem fairly cheap. At least mine does, uneven cooking etc... maybe I just bought a lemon.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:13 PM   #12
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:15 PM   #13
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Have two. Square one and a pig shaped one.
Mine is a pig as well, just a round pig - it works nice even on burgers, I'll do burgers once per week w/o a bun - put a little gates sauce and slivered raw onion w/ a side of roasted broccoli. Good meal - anyhow the sear from the pig weight really helps when you can't grill as an option.
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Henckel knives and Calpholon hard anodized cookware. I would like a nice kitchenAid mixer. Otherwise I'm good. I would actually like a nice mandoline as well.
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Also, it's not so much a tool or utensil, but one of the most important parts of my kitchen [which is smallish] is over my sink.

I bought a cheapo two tier towel rack, like this;



without the center rack, and a bunch of chain S-links, link in the middle of this;



picture.

I can hang skillets, my collapsible colander, ladles, spatulas, pizza cutters, whisks, graters, etc. just about anything with a hole at the end of its handle. Up and out of the way, not getting beat up in cupboards or drawers, easy reach, compact footprint. Sink-wide mesh strainer sits up top.
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off-season gets like this - it's been pure filth in the past. This summer - summer 2014 was definitely a food summer. These people love to discuss food, I guess anyone does really.
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