If you're anything like me, chances are that you will be spending most of your free time in the kitchen this holiday season. Let's face it, 'tis the season for eating! And if you're going to cook, you might as well do it right. And by right, I mean using the right tools for the right jobs.
It's easy to get caught up in kitchen gadgetry. There's a gadget for everything. Have you seen those avocado slicers or quesadilla makers? Really, a good paring knife or skillet will do and cost half the price.
Now is the time to start making things easier, not more complicated. Here are four must have kitchen items for the serious chef.
Kitchen Aid Mixer
All I have to say about the Kitchen Aid mixer is wow. It does everything I could ever imagine and more - bread kneading, cookie mixing, pasta making, sausage linking, food processing, and much more. Of course you'll need various attachments to make this culinary magic happen, but that's the beauty. You can basically tailor make your mixer to your own needs. If you're a baker, invest in the right tools from the beginning. A quick online search can tell you exactly what you'll need. Plus they come in a rainbow of colors. I love the pink one that was made especially for Breast Cancer awareness month. It's available year round.
A Great Set of Knives
There's nothing worse than starting to cut vegetables, or fruit, and realizing that you have a dull knife. Second worst is starting a cooking project only to find out you don't have the right knife for the job. Every good kitchen needs a good set of knives to function properly - steak, paring, carving, butcher, and serrated are the best to have on hand.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
A good set of stainless steel bowls that nest, one inside the other, is a must have. Use them to mix a meatloaf, knead dough, or combine dry ingredients. Chill a bowl in the fridge then use it to serve a fresh fruit salad.
The Perfect Skillet
You can do a lot with the perfect pan or skillet. I'm old fashioned and still like a good cast iron skillet. You can move it from stovetop to oven in no time flat. The more you use it, the better it works. Think about all the wonders you can do with a non-stick skillet as well.
Moms, what other kitchen appliances or items do you think are necessary in any kitchen?