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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, 08:46 AM   #76
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:24 AM   #77
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Simply Red, I'd have to submit a pdf if I listed all my machines and equipment.
I'll do more later in bits n pieces. My garage is bursting at the seams with kitchen stuff.
You should hold an auction - these dead beats will buy your stuff!
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:25 AM   #78
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again - Lemons + Poultry equals a winning duo. Lemon is a beautiful accent.
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Old 06-21-2014, 09:27 AM   #79
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My press is 'Old Mountain' just like the pictured.


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Old 06-21-2014, 09:51 AM   #80
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My press is 'Old Mountain' just like the pictured.




That's not a pig.



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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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Old 06-21-2014, 10:05 AM   #81
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I dont have any really fine cookware or knives but I get by.

I bought a cheap set of Wolfgang Puck SS pots and pans 6 years ago from Sams club.
My 12" and 6" cast iron lodge see lots use. Specialy for a quil sausage link and fried egg before work. Also have a Lodge CI Dutch Oven I got for camping but it pulls double duty.
Wife has a Ginormous hand pounded steel wok she brought from the Philippines with her thing is awesome. But she bought smaller aluminum wok from a local Filipino Market here and she used that one and rarely the big ass wok.

Maybe for another thread but whats you guys go to Fish Sauce.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:08 AM   #82
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Wife has a Ginormous hand pounded steel wok she brought from the Philippines with her thing is awesome.
Punctuation!!

Can't tell between her Wok and her 'thing,' which is ginormous, which is hand pounded, and which is awesome.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:32 AM   #83
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I dont have any really fine cookware or knives but I get by.

I bought a cheap set of Wolfgang Puck SS pots and pans 6 years ago from Sams club.
My 12" and 6" cast iron lodge see lots use. Specialy for a quil sausage link and fried egg before work. Also have a Lodge CI Dutch Oven I got for camping but it pulls double duty.
Wife has a Ginormous hand pounded steel wok she brought from the Philippines with her thing is awesome. But she bought smaller aluminum wok from a local Filipino Market here and she used that one and rarely the big ass wok.

Maybe for another thread but whats you guys go to Fish Sauce.
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Punctuation!!

Can't tell between her Wok and her 'thing,' which is ginormous, which is hand pounded, and which is awesome.
See... here I thought she bought the wok with her thing. And it's the Philipines, so I just kinda figured srvy's girl was a ladyboy.
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Old 06-21-2014, 10:39 AM   #84
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I have four that all see fairly regular use.

Two are plastic, one smaller and one a bit bigger. One has little rubber feet to keep it stable. These are used for meat and are dishwasher safe. When they warp, I'll buy new ones.

I have one bamboo board that's about 9x12, used for smaller prep - garlic, fresh herbs, etc. The other is 18" round, 3" thick, end cut maple. And it's gorgeous.
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That's not a pig.
- true true - the OTHER one's on the shelf were - under the same make.

- I didn't remember which i'd procured.
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I have a few spatulas, but mostly I work with tongs. If you don't have a pair of cheap spring tongs like these, you're missing one of the most important tools in the kitchen. There's a reason line cooks call these "hands."

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- true true - the OTHER one's on the shelf were - under the same make.

- I didn't remember which i'd procured.
I need to buy one... I don't do bacon a lot, but when I do I do it a pan so I can use the dripping for eggs. Or I pour it into a mason jar and save the drippings.
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I need to buy one... I don't do bacon a lot, but when I do I do it a pan so I can use the dripping for eggs. Or I pour it into a mason jar and save the drippings.
not sure if you own a searing tool - If you don't this thing will work well for one as a substitute.


If you don't have time to grill or it's raining or whatever the case; you can 'at least' get a nice sear - It has just enough weight to EVEN work well on a thicker cut of beef. Of course you know me - I'd rather saute a nice chicken breast until just a little crispy - add my squeezed lemon as it rests. Also a little bit of parm. & crushed red pepper.

So simple and one of my favs!
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I need to buy one... I don't do bacon a lot, but when I do I do it a pan so I can use the dripping for eggs. Or I pour it into a mason jar and save the drippings.
I do the same in the microwave, only the bacon slices, and resultant drippings, are in a 9x9 Pyrex dish.

And as for searing beef, dutch oven, and pressure applied by the same tongs I turn the cut with.

No offense SR, but a bacon press violates Alton Brown's prime directive, eliminate uni-taskers [except for the fire extinguisher].
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I have a few spatulas, but mostly I work with tongs. If you don't have a pair of cheap spring tongs like these, you're missing one of the most important tools in the kitchen. There's a reason line cooks call these "hands."

you really need to hunt to find a true quality pair - or maybe at least know which offers the best spring-back.

Lot's of cheap tongs out there, and honestly it pisses me right off.
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