Veteran Tools… or Toys?

Here's a snapshot of 13 of my most important kitchen toys, oops, I mean tools
Here’s a snapshot of 13 of my most important kitchen toys, oops, I mean tools

Every new cook comes into the kitchen probably a little familiar with the items pictured above and may not have actually used most of them let alone feel comfortable with them. Believe me that table full of toys will become your favourite tools as you you take on more responsibility in your home’s most important room.

Nothing is more important than a good sharpener, knives and cutting board. Personally, I think the Instant Pot has taken over from that venerable workhorse the Crock Pot Slow Cooker and a good Rice Cooker is a gift from the Gods. You’ll use either a blender, food processor, and/or a mini chopper a little more often than a good grater but your spoons and spatulas will be critical every day. My Garlic Press is used just about daily. My whisks, dry measures and my mandolin slicer come in handy all the time and, over the years I have gradually come to understand the versatility of a good cast iron fry pan. Finally, my big stand mixer is a cherished gift, but is not as important as my good old hand mixer which rounds out the list of THE 13 most important Veteran Tools in the Kitchen.

My number one tool, bar none is my mini sharpener... nothing is more important in my kitchen than a quick and easy way to sharpen my knives
My number one tool, bar none is my mini sharpener… nothing is more important in my kitchen than a quick and easy way to sharpen my knives
Second most important tool(s) knives and a good cutting board
Second most important tool(s) knives and a good cutting board
20 years ago I bought my CrockPot slow cooker... nowadays I'd buy an Instant Pot... these are Number 3 in the Veteran Tool hit parade
20 years ago I bought my CrockPot slow cooker… nowadays I’d buy an Instant Pot… these are Number 3 in the Veteran Tool hit parade
Number 4 was a 60th birthday gift from my good pals Nick and Mira: my Rice Cooker is a vital tool that makes life sooo much easier
Number 4 was a 60th birthday gift from my good pals Nick and Mira: my Rice Cooker is a vital tool that makes life sooo much easier
Number 5 is either my Blender, Food Processor, Mini Chopper or my Immersion Blender depending on the dish
Number 5 is either my Blender, Food Processor, Mini Chopper or my Immersion Blender depending on the dish
Number 6 are my graters: the Big Box, the Cheese Grater with Collector and the Micro Grate
Number 6 are my graters: the Big Box, the Cheese Grater with Collector and the Micro Grater
Number 7, choose a Silicone Spatula or a Wooden Spoon
Number 7, choose a Silicone Spatula or a Wooden Spoon
A good Garlic Press is the Number 8 Veteran Tool
A good Garlic Press is the Number 8 Veteran Tool
Whisks figure prominently... they're my Number 9 Veteran Tool
Whisks figure prominently… they’re my Number 9 Veteran Tool
Dry Measures are a versatile Number 10 Veteran Tool
Dry Measures are a versatile Number 10 Veteran Tool
Veteran Tool Number 11 is my Mandolin... but watch it... it's VERY sharp!
Veteran Tool Number 11 is my Mandolin… but watch it… it’s VERY sharp!
Sure it's a frying pan but properly seasoned a cast iron pan is very versatile and qualifies as my Number 12 Veteran Tool
Sure it’s a frying pan but properly seasoned a cast iron pan is very versatile and qualifies as my Number 12 Veteran Tool
The big stand mixer is probably a luxury but the hand mixer is for sure my Number 13 Veteran Tool and is a must have for any kitchen
The big stand mixer is probably a luxury but the hand mixer is for sure my Number 13 Veteran Tool and is a must have for any kitchen

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