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23 Jan

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What is Your Favorite Kitchen Gadget?

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Okay, let me start off by saying, I think that most kitchen “gadgets” are useless! I have seen some doozies in my days – has anyone ever heard of the “butter cutter”?  I also think it is interesting that often the people with the most gadgets are the ones that usually do the least amount of cooking!

So, why would I ask what your favorite gadget is then…is it some kind of set up? No, it’s not. I just know that everyone has their secret gadget…but maybe you don’t like to talk about it. So what is it? Is it a garlic press? Maybe it’s pizza scissors. WHAT!!! YOU SAY…PIZZA SCISSORS? That’s right folks, pizza scissors. I can just imagine where I would store these. And what about getting them sharpened…”ah ya, I’d like to get these sharpened please…”

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Okay, maybe I am getting carried away with that one, but I do have a secret gadget that I use. I only just bought it last month. Years ago my friend Leah (from culinary school) had a garlic peeler tube (similar to the one in the image below). It seemed to work really well and I knew it didn’t take up much space, but I never wanted to buy one as I thought, “Oh come on, like I need that silly little gadget”. Yet, every time I would peel garlic, I would say, “Crap, peeling garlic sort of drives me crazy.” Also, the fresher it is, the harder it is to peel.

Garlic Peeler Tube | Cool Gadget

So, last month I took the dive and I bought one of these little garlic peeler tube thingys and you know what – I use it and I like it! Just gently roll the garlic in the tube and the skin just pops right off.

Garlic peelers like these can be found in most kitchen stores. The one featured above is from Williams-Sonoma.

So tell me, “what’s your secret gadget”?

Ciao for now

dawn

17 Mar

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Top Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Should Have

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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.