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The well-appointed kitchen

Postby slowshooter » Sat Mar 03, 2012 7:14 am

Kicking off another thread based on Huntall's "what to stock" thread. Was thinking today of all the stuff I have gotten over the years and what I really use...

Most of this stuff you can pick up at a flea market for cheap... I know, because that's what I did. Buying used stuff is really the sensible way to go. No one has ever looked at me across the table and said: This meal was entire cooked on brand new All Clad cookware, wasn't it?

So here's my list of stuff that I find indispensable in the kitchen. Not sure what I would do without the following.

Pots and pans:
Stock pot (huge)
Enameled French oven & cast iron dutch oven
Stainless steel frying pan 12''
2, 3.5 & 6 quart stainless steel pots
Flat skillet - cast iron
#3, #5, #8 cast iron skillets
Wok
11' teflon frying pan (I think we got it at Ikea - works great)
Roasting pan/rack
A cookie sheet not the double layer variety
10x13 and 9x9 pyrex baking pans
Heavy duty loaf pan
Stainless mixing bowls

Knives:
Japanese vegetable knife
10" chefs knife
Boning knife
Paring knife
(got a bunch of others but really these four see the most use)

Appliances:
Stand mixer
Stick blender
Food processor
Coffee grinder for spices
Rice cooker
Salad spinner
French press coffee maker

Hand tools:
Whisks
Silicon spatulas
Strainers
Colanders plastic and tall stainless
Bamboo spoons/stirrers
Chinese spider strainers large and small
2 quart and 2 cup pyrex measuring cups
Measuring spoons: round and rectangle.
Rolling pin
Pastry cutter
Graters/citrus stripper
Shrimp deveiner

Off the wall stuff.
Silmat
Silicon mat for dough kneading

What works for you?

Slow
All this for a bowl of borscht.
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Re: The well-appointed kitchen

Postby slowshooter » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:06 pm

I just realized that many folks really don't want to sink a lotta dough into appliances. Heck if I didn't cook as much as I do I wouldn't... They are a time saver not a requirement.

That said there are certain things that are just a pain to achieve without them...
But, if you are looking to power your kitchen with elbow grease instead of electricity this is what I would buy:

Potato ricer with interchangeable plates
Greek hand grinder
Molcahete/tejolote (the mexican mortar and pestle)
Mortar and pestle (get a least one really good one)
Food mill
Mandoline

If you do go low tech, the one appliance you should get would be an old blender (pretty much every food processor made after the blender is a variation on the same theme). We have an Oster that we inherited from one of our parents, it's probably 50 years old and is still running great.

All the above if you shop around can be purchased pretty cheaply. In short, stay away from Williams Sonoma if you are on a budget.
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