Tagged: essential tools

17 Mar


Top Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Should Have


Learning how to cook in the Rouxbe Cooking School is one thing – enjoying the task of cooking is another. Having the right tools is a big part of this. There are many gadgets on the market all designed to make you a “better cook”; yet, what you really need in the kitchen is the technique behind cooking and just a few basic tools.

For quite some time, people have been asking us what essential tools are required in the kitchen. So, for this technique Tuesday, we thought we’d cover some of the important kitchen tools that you need to perform the techniques taught in the school.

Here is a list of Video Drill-downs for some of our most used tools here at Rouxbe Central. Click on any photo to view each video.

Accurate measuring is key to success in the kitchen, especially when baking. Having a few sets of measuring cups and spoons allows you to execute the recipe that much quicker.

Tongs are like having an extra pair of hands in the kitchen. Scissors are indispensable for us here at Rouxbe. We use them for everything – from opening packages to cutting up poultry.

Spatulas will make sure you get every drop of that delicious cake batter and they also make for easier clean up. Even though there are heat-resistant spatulas on the market, there’s something nostalgic about having wooden spoons in the kitchen.

A good, sturdy cutting board is a MUST. Bench scrapers scoop, shovel, level, clean and cut.

Peelers make life easy and create less waste. Our favorite is the T-shaped peeler. Zesters are good for removing the zest from citrus fruit. They also come in hand when grating ginger, garlic or spices.

Thermometers take away the guesswork, so all of your hard labor doesn’t go to waste. Someone once said, “If you smell something burning, don’t bother running. It’s already too late”. Timers help you multi-task with success.

Strainers, spiders and ladles all help to strain, sift, lift and scoop.

Quality whisks are essential in order to whip anything from mayonnaise to meringue. Mashers and ricers help to make the fluffiest mashed potatoes and the most delicate gnocchi ever.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on these tools. Just make sure they are of good quality; otherwise, they can break when you need them most.

Happy Cooking!

The Rouxbe Cooking School Team.

p.s. More tools and equipment that we use and believe in can be found in our Rouxbe Store.

07 Nov


Essential Tools for Cooking: Induction Cooking Magic


Okay…We are continually asked to talk about kitchen tools and equipment. I know how important this is because there are so many tools out there that cost a heck of a lot of money and many of them are not worth their packaging. So to help you out, we’re going to start talking about the products we use and believe in.

“Essential Tools for Cooking” will focus on two areas. First, on tools that every cook should have in the kitchen. And secondly, we’ll share some great equipment finds that might not be “essential” but they sure can make life easier in the kitchen.

The featured product today is the Viking Portable Induction Cooker. I just had to write about this one as it blew me away when I tried it the other day. I started with cold tap water in a pot (about 2 inches) and put it on the induction stove top. It came to a boil in about 1 min and 30 seconds. Then with the flick of a switch, you could switch between a rapid boil and a low simmer in about 2 to 3 seconds. No kidding. We actually filmed it and will be putting it up in our Drill-down gallery.

It’s not the cheapest non essential appliance at $499 USD, but if you cook for a lot of people and often find yourself short on burner space, then you should certainly consider one of these burners. In my 30 years of cooking, I was truly amazed. Click through to read all the specifications from Viking.

To order, click here: Viking Portable Induction Cooker from Metrokitchen.com (would make a great Christmas gift).

On Rouxbe we showcase a lot of products in our videos. In might be interesting to note that we don’t charge for product placement in our videos because we never want to be influenced to use products that we don’t believe in. So if it’s in our videos or in our store, you can trust that it’s a great product. And to make shopping a bit more convenient for those who like to shop online, we partnered with the best online kitchenwares company – MetroKitchen.com – so you can point and click your way to all the premium cooking brands (not to mention the best customer service we’ve encountered).