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Tools Home Cooks Love
Posted: Sunday August 9, 2009
Tools Home Cooks Love - 10 Clever, Timesaving Kitchen Tools For Under $50 (And Often Much Less)
My husband is the fixer of things in our home. I am the fixer of food, and, pretty darn good at it, thanks in part to professional cooking courses I've taken over the years and lots of practice.
Like my handy husband, I learned the hard way that there is nothing more maddening when you're practicing your craft then poor quality tools. They may save you money in the short run, but you'll end up cursing the cheap knife you bought from that late-night TV commercial when it ends up with a piece of your finger falling into the Bouillabaisse.
Now that the economy has sliced into our national dining-out budget, supposedly we are all becoming masters of our kitchen-domain. Yes, there are real money-saving and health benefits to becoming our own version of the "Next Food Network Star." But when it's 7 p.m. and you've just arrived home exhausted from work and the first thing your family says to you is "what's for dinner?" suddenly the take-out menus in your kitchen drawer start calling your name.
But wait! Don't dial yet. What if I were to share the knowledge that will help you make a delicious and nutritious meal in less time then it takes for the Mu-shu to arrive at your door? No, it's not a recipe. You probably have enough of them already. Actually, it's all about having the right tool - the best tool - for the job. This is what makes cooking fun even if you don't like to cook.
After years of fixing meals for my family, my friends, my relatives, even my pets, I realized there are a handful of cook's tools I use over and over because they do exactly what they are meant to do - help me get dinner on the table quickly and efficiently. My favorite cooking tools are well made, well designed, and great values. Any reasonably organized home cook would do well to include these clever tools in their kitchen.
As a professional organizer with a knack for kitchen design and meal planning, I decided it was time to share my list and my reasons for picking these tools from the thousands out there. Your list may be different. If so, send it to me. I'm always interested in learning new things much like the first cooking course I took. It was a birthday present from my husband when he was still my fiancé. He knew how much I enjoyed cooking and I suppose he knew he'd get a good home-cooked meal out of me as well.
By the way, all the items I have listed are available online and in stores including Sur La Table and Bed Bath & Beyond, neither of which employs me in any way. (Although if either want to send me a gift to thank me for the free plug, who am I to refuse them?) So here they are:
Ten Clever, Timesaving, Cook's Tools for Under $50 (and Often Much Less)
1. Chef's Knife - Nothing is more important to a cook, then a great knife. And nothing is more dangerous then a lousy one. I like the 8-inch Wüsthof model which is currently on sale at Sur La Table. It's large enough to dice an onion and small enough to slice a strawberry.
Copyright © 2009 Lis Golden McKinley
About the Author
Lis Golden McKinley is the owner and CEO (Chief Executive Organizer) of Let's Make Room, a professional organizing company based in Oakland, California, serving the needs of busy people who want to make more room for their lives, not just their stuff. Ms. McKinley holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and is an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
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