Every craft has its tools. Cooking, whether you're new to it or you're an experienced chef, is no different. Check out the basic cooking tools you'll need to get the party (or just dinner) started!
You can improvise with some cooking tools -- like using a drinking glass as a cookie cutter -- but a cutting surface is essential if you don't want to ruin your counter tops or slip while slicing. The solid surface of the cutting board provides stability when you're ready to chop, dice and slice. Cutting boards are made from a variety of materials, from woods to plastic to glass. No matter what type of cutting board you use consider the following:
You won't get far in the kitchen without a few good knives. Consider quality when searching for cooking knives but keep in mind that some are very pricey. Look for quality, comfort and affordability when buying your knives.
Have you ever asked someone for a recipe and gotten the response, "I don't use a recipe. I just use a little of this and a little of that." Sometimes true (especially with experienced cooks, your grandmother or maybe someone just not willing to share), but measuring ingredients is important, particularly when you're new to cooking or if you are baking.
Measuring cups come in a variety of shapes and sizes, typically in glass or plastic, and are used for either liquid or dry ingredients. Measuring cups for dry ingredients usually come in 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 3/4 and 1-cup increments. Scoop the dry ingredients into the cup until overflowing and level off at the top with a knife. Measuring cups for wet ingredients often come in 1-, 2- and 4-cup increments. A spouted measuring cup is great for liquids.
Measuring spoons can be metal or plastic and come in increments of 1/4 teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon, 1 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon. Measure dry ingredients in measuring spoons as you would in a dry-ingredient measuring cup.
When it comes to measurements, baking is less forgiving than cooking so it's best to follow a recipe's exact ingredients. After a bit of experience over the stove, experiment with the dash-of-this-pinch-of-that method.
You'll often see sets of pots and pans sold together. Whether you buy yours as a set or one by one, make sure to include the following:
When you have the tools you need, nothing can stop you from channeling your inner chef! Stock your kitchen with the essentials and start cooking today.
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