Mandatory Kitchen Accessories: Top 5
If you follow the ideology of Alton Brown, you are probably already not a fan of “The Unitasker.” These kitchy little gadgets are meant to simplify the kitchen process for one simple task, like chopping a single piece of fruit, or making one funny shape for pasta. Instead, you should be focusing on buying the essentials! When it comes to Kitchen Accessories, I prefer the quality over quantity idea. There’s a reason all the professionals choose the $800 KitchenAid Stand Mixer as opposed to some $100 version. That being said, as you’ll see below, when it comes to stand mixers I’ve got to stick by my standby-SMEG.
Now, if I missed your favorite Kitchen Tools, I’m not playing favorites, let me know in the comments what you think should be mandatory in any home cooks kitchen, and why! If I like them enough I may add them to this list.
1. The Smeg Planetary Stand Mixer
I know, I know. Everyone loves the KitchenAid Stand Mixer in its beautiful colors and with all it’s attachments. However, the SMEG is my personal favorite as it is the one I use in my own kitchen. That being said everything on this list is something in my own kitchen. In fact, although I don’t have the entire collection yet, I do plan to fit out the rest of my accouterments with SMEG so they fit in with my mixer. That’s how much I love the brand. Being in Europe I purchased mine from the boutique directly, but for those in America you can go to the Amazon link here.
I had never bought something from this brand before this set, and in fact have never had an immersion blender before, so maybe this isn’t the best one. However I have never had a single issue with this set and it is perfect for use as not just an immersion blender making sauces or purees, but also because of it’s other parts of the set.
It also comes with a whisk attachment, a food processor, and a tall glass (perfect for smoothies while using the immersion blender).
An immersion blender is technically not something mandatory in the sense that some other tool can’t do it, but as this also comes with a fitted glass, you can use this as a blender as well. You can get this set on Amazon here.
Mixing bowls are an absolute necessary for any home cook. They can be used to mix, bake, toss, store, and pretty much most not electrical kitchen tasks. One of my favorite usages is pairing the medium bowl over a boiling pot of water to melt chocolate to make ganache for my Chocolate Lava Cake.
4. Measuring Spoons
Now if you follow the website at all, you’ve probably noticed how I mix up metric and imperial measurements when giving recipes. As annoying as this is, it does serve a purpose. Some things need to be in exact measurements, like powders for baking or liquids for cocktails. Generally I prefer to use weights in that regard, however as cooking is an art sometimes a cup or a tablespoon works well enough.
I was gifted this set of magnetic nesting measuring spoons by Prepworks by a friend who came to visit last year, and have been using them ever since. They barely take up any space in my drawer, they’re double sided, and easily fit together. In fact, I’ve probably gifted them to people just as often as I tell people about them since they’re so affordable. If you wanted to get them, you can on Amazon here.
Even though it’s not on my list, since I do find it important, my recommendation for a kitchen scale is this one. I know it isn’t as high tech as the electrical ones, but I love the old fashioned-ness of it so I like to just let it sit on my counter.
5. A Great Chef Knife
For this entry, arguably the most important, I’m not going to link to anything from Amazon. A great Chef Knife is the most important tool in any kitchen and is the absolute number 1 necessity. Even if you want to be budget conscious on the other accessories, do not cheap out on your knife.
You may be surprised at first how expensive a great quality knife can get but I can assure you it is worth it. A high quality chef knife properly sharpened not only allows you to make paper thin cuts in things like tomatoes or, but it also protects your fingers since the knife will not slip.
The image above (the Sakura Chef Knife, bottom) is the knife I use (the picture is from their website however, as I can’t take that good of a picture myself). I picked it up on a recent trip to Japan from KAMATA on Kappabashi, Tokyo. This is my absolute favorite knife shop in the world and I stop by every time I’m in Tokyo. Their steak knife set is absolutely beautiful. You of course don’t need to spend $400 on a knife to be a good home cook, but I still wouldn’t cheap out if I were you.
What do you think of these 5 tools? Is there anything I missed? Comment below with your suggestions and I may add them to this list or a future one!