A Home Cook's wet dream
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    What's your kitchen utensil you can't do without and would recommend without reservation?

    Everybody knows how important good knives are to a chef.  Everybody also know how bloody expensive they can be...

    Anyone ever tried a Kyocera ceramic knife?  I've got a good set of Wustoff-Trident, but I love, love, love my ceramic knives!  They are SO sharp, you don't even know you've cut yourself until it starts to bleed, so be careful.  Best thing?  They are MUCH, MUCH less expensive than Wustoff or Henkels or any of the others that are even more ridiculously priced like Shun.  Now they even have a sharpener for them, though I've never had one get really dull.

    The other thing I love, especially now around the holidays, is my monster professional Kitchen Aid mixer, what a time saver that is when mixing up multiple batches of stuff!
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  • mommydeliriousmommydelirious
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    Crock pot! I use mine quiet a bit. Love me some tend'a meat.
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  • SassySassy
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    My SO got me a two knife set of Kyocera knives for our anniversary last year!
  • organicbabyorganicbaby
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    My clay pots from Spain. Everything out of them is always delicious.
    DH loves his Shun, he got them on a Black Friday sale :)
  • gramalibbygramalibby
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    We live in se Ohio but as a treat my DS will take me on a day trip to Greenville Oh for a drool at the Kitchenaid Store . Right now it maybe a small thing downstairs in the discontinued section BUT someday a mixer I will have. They do have some great refurbished ones downstairs , I have my eye on a candy apple red w a glass mix bowl.....
  • FoulMouthedSailorFoulMouthedSailor
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    Gas stoves an cast iron cookware, cast iron is my favorite thing to cook on, and gas just cooks so much faster. Shitty thing is the house we are looking at tomorrow has a glass top, but it also has a wood cook stove
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  • shouldcleanshouldclean
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    My stand mixer.  Cooking GF just isn't the same without it.
  • KacerpieKacerpie
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    I would have to say either my Kitchenaid standing mixer (Its going to die soon i think, I have had it for 12 years) or my Le Creuset set my DH got me when we first started dating.
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  • GingersnapGingersnap
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    My grandmother's cast iron pan, but I don't have a recommendation for a brand name...

    Regarding knives, there's an excellent episode of "America's Test Kitchen" (Feb 18, 2012). The podcast's title? "In Search of the Best Chef's Knife". I recommend that podcast.
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  • CrashCrash
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    Professional Kitchen Aid Mixer: Check. Lol.

    Bread machine, although I only use it for mixing and the first proof.

    Heat proof spatulas.
    Tongs.
    Hand blender as well a hand mixer.
    Whisks of varying size.

    I should stop because when you cook for a living, you tend to collect a *lot* of kitchen stuff....ALL of it indispensable to life as we know it.
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  • VegantasticVegantastic
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    I am currently in need of new knives. I looked at the Kyocera website and they look good. I will definitely check out that podcast @Gingersnap.

    While I'm a huge fan of my kitchenaid stand mixer, especially when I'm baking or decorating cakes, I couldn't go 2 days without my FOOD PROCESSOR!!! It's a cuisineart and I love love love it!
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  • BeachChairMama
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    My 14 y/o is my indespensible kitchen utensil - especially this time of year. She's been cooking for a few years now and is really getting good. She plans the menu, helps with the shopping, and does almost all the cooking. I am the sous chef in charge of prep assistance and putting stuff in and out of the oven; I was bounced from my position as Head Potato Peeler this Thanksgiving when she learned of her boyfriends hidden potato peeling and rough chopping skills. She got a Kitchenaid stand mixer for her middle school graduation last year from her grandfather (it's her mixer - not mine - and she was beyond thrilled) which she uses to make her buttercreme frosting - AMAZING. She also got a bread oven one year, a Cuisinart fondue pot another year, and a Calphalon pan for making Yorkshire puddings (again SO GOOD). She gets overly excited in stores like Chef Central and wants to buy everything; I no longer allow her in there because I cant afford it. I got her a Braun stick mixer for Christmas - she's been wanting one after seeing her aunt's. This year she is attempting Creme Brulee for dessert - I'm thinking it's partly because she loves it and partly so she can use the kitchen torch.

    When I am allowed to cook I have an enameled cast iron stock pot, a slightly smaller enameled iron pot and deep sided casserole type pan that I got from a charity donation and I use constantly. I also love my cast iron frying pan and my roasting rack.
  • GingersnapGingersnap
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    I guess the cast iron pan is always in the forefront of my mind because I couldn't replace it. Other than how smooth and well-seasoned it is, it was my grandma's. I'm using it in the same kitchen she taught me how to bake in. Yes. I am sentimental.
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  • RuralRebellionRuralRebellion
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    I can't live without my 8quart crock pot, but my KitchenAid Mixer is still the best ever Xmas present DH has gotten me.  It's heavy as fuck and takes up more counter space than we have, but I'll be damned if I hide the thing away in a cupboard between uses.  It's the prettiest and most expensive kitchen appliance/utensil we own.
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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    SAHM1020 said:

    I am currently in need of new knives. I looked at the Kyocera website and they look good. I will definitely check out that podcast @Gingersnap.

    While I'm a huge fan of my kitchenaid stand mixer, especially when I'm baking or decorating cakes, I couldn't go 2 days without my FOOD PROCESSOR!!! It's a cuisineart and I love love love it!



    Get them from Amazon...they're MUCH cheaper!
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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    o.k., don't know why that posted twice...

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  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    never mind...it would appear that my computer has a poltergeist...I, too, love my cast iron, but I need to re-season them.  My mom had a cast iron dutch oven, but no one know what happened to it that I want.  But I may go with an enamel Le Crueset when I replace mine...if I can ever afford anything for me again.

    @FoulMouthedSailor:  gotta agree wholeheartedly about the gas stove.  Again, if I ever have the money, when I re-do my kitchen I'll be getting a gas stove, though here I'll have to use propane.
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    um.. my dollar store spatula and tinfoilesque cookie sheet for cooking chicken nuggets. yes I know I am a culinary genius
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  • OUCHOUCH
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    o.k., don't know why that posted twice...




    I think that with the way threads are updating as they get new comments it just looks like things are double posting until you refresh!

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  • GoddessGoddess
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    Curious said:

    Professional Kitchen Aid Mixer: Check. Lol.


    Bread machine, although I only use it for mixing and the first proof.

    Heat proof spatulas.
    Tongs.
    Hand blender as well a hand mixer.
    Whisks of varying size.

    I should stop because when you cook for a living, you tend to collect a *lot* of kitchen stuff....ALL of it indispensable to life as we know it.


    I totally read that as WHISKEYS of getting size. I was all, he'll yeah, I'm movin in w @curious!!!! :p
  • pennypenny
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    DISH. WASHER.

    KitchenAid mixer is a very close second.

    Love my Global knives, too. I considered ceramic, but I drop shit all the time and would almost certainly shatter them. Plus, I can use a magnet bar to hang the metal ones out of reach of little hands.


  • CrashCrash
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    Oddly enough for a cook, I really don't get hung up on knives. I have a basic Walmart Henckel, and I sharpen it every so often, and it's perfect fine for any cutting/chopping/chiffonading that I do.

    Although if you want to know something neat, there's a couple of items I really adore, and although I suppose I could do without 'em, they have a special place in my heart for their efficiency:

    A palm peeler:
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    And...a palm zester:

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    I love love love the palm zester. It gathers all the zest up in its little container all nice and neat.

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  • GritsGrits
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    Oooh, @curious LOVE that palm peeler!!

    @Gingersnap, I heart my cast iron, too. I inherited it from my Nana, though she's still with us, she no longer lives in her own home, so she handed it down early. I was elated. Although I was really bummed when she sold her house. I loved it there and I cringe every time I think of someone else living there. Sappy sentimental here, too.

    My electric skillet and crockpot are my two staples though. I use the shit out of them. As a matter of fact, I'll probably need a new electric skillet, soon. I've worn it out.

    And I loove my Calphalon pots and pans. I have NEVER in the 12 years I've owned them, had to scrub one. Truly a non-stick dish. Love it.
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  • fatchickonabikefatchickonabike
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    I am currently having an affair with my CrockPot, but DH knows and is fine with it.


    Love my chef's knife. I often have pain in my wrists and fingers and I have trouble with heavy implements, and my knife is just perfect. I think it's a Henkels but I don't remember.


    Paderno cookware. Love!


    Huge stainless steel skillet by Calphalon. The interior is so smooth it's almost like Teflon, but it can go in the oven and dishwasher.


    Creuset. Awesome stuff.


    I wish I had a KitchenAid mixer, but I don't have the counter space for it. Plus I don't really bake often enough to justify the cost. Sigh.


    When we redid the kitchen last year, we sprang for a Bosch dishwasher. OMG. The thing is so quiet it comes with a red light that shines on the floor to let you know it's working, and if you load it properly you will never have gunky residue on your dishes. Seriously, if there was a fire and I knew DD, DH and the dog were safe, I'd go back in for the dishwasher.

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  • KacerpieKacerpie
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    When ever its time too move, we don't go anywhere with out a dishwasher and gas stove. Ill be damned if I wash anything by hand.
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  • undercoverbanana
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    ninja food processor. i hate having to chop all that shit by hand.
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  • MarySunshineMarySunshine
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    My Reef Blue KitchenAid stand mixer, our crock pot and once upon a time my hand mixer....but I think someone left 3 of the 4 beaters back in NJ when we moved....or threw them out by mistake. I'll have to get a new one some day.
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  • Marionettevie
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    I HAVE GOT TO AGREE WITH THE CERAMIC KNIVES! and the ceramic peelers..... insanely sharp!! my food processor is something i just couldnt do without! i LOVE IT!! and i also love the silicone spatulas because they bend and get every little bit out of bowls
  • VegantasticVegantastic
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    @BellaBefana thanks for the Amazon tip!!! I'm a bargain/coupon junkie so it's VERY much appreciated!!! Although if these knives are as sharp as you all claim, my clumsy ass may be in trouble lol I guess I'll have to stock up on bandaids!
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  • meandmy243meandmy243
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    Casti irons my griddle my wooden spoons my stock pot and my crock pot.. and my silicone spatula... its small enough to fit in soup cans... lol
    let them eat cake! because id rather have pie!!!
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    @BellaBefana thanks for the Amazon tip!!! I'm a bargain/coupon junkie so it's VERY much appreciated!!! Although if these knives are as sharp as you all claim, my clumsy ass may be in trouble lol I guess I'll have to stock up on bandaids!


    You're more likely to cut yourself with a dull knife than a sharp one!  @Marionettevie I love the ceramic peeler too.  I have the one that you can twist the blade from vertical to horizontal and I love it.  Not so keen on the palm peeler, I've tried them, but I'm gonna have to look for the zesters!

    And ladies, the dishwasher goes w/o saying for me!  I hate doing dishes even with a dishwasher!
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  • KrabbyKay
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    I heart my cast iron. I'm currently after my Gram's copper pans and the BIG Dutch oven, I already have the little one. I *know* she had a big one. I saw her use it many a time!
    I also love my "crack" pot.
    Things to get I guess!! Ceramic knives (wow...just...wow) and a FOOOOOD PROCESSOR!!!!!!! Maybe a mixer after that! 
  • just_kimjust_kim
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    My new coffee maker. Ok. It's just a cheap Mr Coffee one, but it's new & doesn't leak like the old one.
    And I love my Corning ware set. I cringe when my kids touch my 9" casserole pan. I just know it's gonna break!
  • Marionettevie
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    ooh thats cool! i didnt know they made ones that switched from vertical to horizontal. i need a new peeler because i dropped the one i had and it broke... i guess i can go look for one like that now ;)
  • TruthandjusticeTruthandjustice
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    I love...LOVE my bread machine. We use it constantly and haven't purchased store-bought bread in a couple of years, I kid you not. If that thing ever died, I would HAVE to get another one immediately!!

    And I have always wanted a stand mixer, but I still don't have one.
  • beachmommybeachmommy
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    Definitely agree with the Kitchen Aid mixer.

    My cast iron deep pan for frying chicken.

    Variety of wooden spoons.

    And my big 'ol wine glass - don't think I could make a great meal without it!

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  • babablacksheepbabablacksheep
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    Professional Kitchen Aid mixer, Pampered chef stoneware, ceramic pans, and my pineapple cutter. I love my kitchen all my kitchen stuff!
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    ooh thats cool! i didnt know they made ones that switched from vertical to horizontal. i need a new peeler because i dropped the one i had and it broke... i guess i can go look for one like that now ;)



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  • annieru
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    My Kitchenaid mixer!! I also really like our pampred chef pizza stone.  I have a really nice, big, bamboo cutting board my sister gave me last year for my bday.  someday I'll spring for some really nice knives.
  • katz_meowkatz_meow
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    Ok dh is a chef. He can't live without a large wood cuwtting board, decent knives, quarter sheet pans, an oven proof sautee pan, and a paring knife. He says " everything else. Improvise." Lol
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    Oops. Forgot. Large stainless bowl. A must have
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  • ukitty
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    Have a few....my big wooden cutting board, my marble rolling pin (love it!), my Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer and my crock pot...that thing is a LIFESAVER!  Throw together ingredients for dinner the night before or right before work and let cook all day...I LOVE not having to cook a big meal when I get home from work!
  • Tranquil
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    My kitchen aid mixer
    Block set of Henkel knives & sharpener
    Henkels garlic press
  • CrashCrash
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    Garlic press....tch tch, @Tranquil. Anthony Bourdain says garlic presses were made by the devil.

    Lol.
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  • Tranquil
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    Ha @curious then I guess pre-diced garlic in a jar is also a massive no-no lol!
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    Curious said:

    Garlic press....tch tch, @Tranquil. Anthony Bourdain says garlic presses were made by the devil.


    Lol.


    Anthony Bourdain must not have little ones screaming for their dinner!  A garlic press is a lifesaver-time saver!
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  • CrashCrash
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    I don't find that mincing garlic with a knife is any slower than a garlic press. I mean, smoosh it good and hard with the flat of the knife, a couple of slices the long way, then a half a dozen the other....

    No?

    Ok then. :)
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  • GoddessGoddess
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    I'm really having a hard time w the name of this thread. I read home cock every. Time. :((
  • Tranquil
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    @Curious I don't know this Henkels garlic press is pretty damn good! I just throw it in the dishwasher when I'm done.

    @bellabefana right? Hence my need for garlic in a jar, in the fridge, when I'm really in a pinch.
  • BellaBefanaBellaBefana
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    Goddess said:I'm really having a hard time w the name of this thread. I read home cock every. Time. :((

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  • GoddessGoddess
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    @bellabefana, I'm having a hormonal swing. I swear to got they're all over. Cry. Get mad. Get horny. Hurt. Today a guy called in and I answered, giving my eyes a break from the spreadsheets I'd been staring at all day. I completely was all, I can help you... You sure dam DNA is all you need to submit? Come to tx and I'll help collect a sample.
    No really I didn't say that but I sure was thinkin it!
    Sorry! Didn't mean to hijack ur thread!