As tastes change over the decades, the tools and accessories that are helpful in preparing recipes change as well. Here are some of the must-haves for your well-outfitted kitchen.
Saucepan with a little lip
Buying the best pans you can afford is essential, but most manufacturers leave lipped saucepans out of their sets — if they actually make them.
Whether it is bechamel, soubise or bercy, a good pan is necessary for saucy success. If the pan is too light, your sauce can scorch — too heavy and it’s hard to move quickly. You need something that conducts heat evenly and preferably has a lip so that you can move the sauce to another container easily and without mess. The Circulon Contempo Red saucepan has all of that plus a bright, cheery color and a food release system that really works.
Oven and dishwasher safe? Yes, please.
Wood cooking spoons
Wooden cooking spoons are essential because they don’t conduct heat. They won’t heat up and curdle a delicate sauce or burn your hand if you leave them in a simmering pot. Wood is gentle on your hands, your nonstick cookware and your budget. Plus, here’s a little known fact — metal spoons can sometimes react with acidic ingredients and leave an off taste in your food.
Always wash wooden spoons by hand. Once a month, you should condition your spoons by rubbing them with olive oil and letting them sit overnight, wiping the excess oil off in the morning.
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