My favorite tools

I think every cook’s kitchen should be equipped with good tools.  I wouldn’t go so far as to keep an egg peeler or an apple corer, but I do own an array of tools.  I present to you my favorites:

Wüsthof Classic 8″ Cook’s Knife

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I have a pretty nice knife collection displayed in my kitchen, but this is by far my favorite among them.  I had been wanting this knife for some time, but couldn’t bring myself to spring for it.  Luckily, my ever supportive hubby bought it for me a couple Christmases ago and it has become one of my most used (and most adored) tools.  This knife feels great to hold.  It has a very comfortable handle and is weighted nicely.  It’s actually made from one piece of high carbon steel, which makes it really strong and sharp.  I love my Wüsty and use it for everything from simple chopping jobs to cutting duck heads off.

KitchenAid Commercial Stand Mixer

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This beast of a machine is a staple in my kitchen.  I currently only have a dough hook attachment for it, so I only use it for making bread and pastries, but I will get some other attachments soon.  This thing handles heavy, dense dough with ease and is surprisingly quiet for its size and strength.  I have had other stand mixers over the years, but this is the best I’ve used.  I highly recommend it if you’re in the market.

MiAllegro Immersion Hand Blender

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I just got this monster for Christmas from my mom-in-law and I’m still very excited about it.  This thing has a 450-watt motor and you can definitely feel its power.  It can be used like a regular immersion stick blender, which makes blending soup so much easier and quicker than having to pour it all into a traditional blender in small batches.  It came with 6 attachments, including an enclosed food processor-type container with a blade inside.  That particular attachment came in handy while grinding chocolate tablets for my Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cookies.  My only little complaint is that it’s kind of a bother to change attachments since they have to be removed with a special tool which is not very grippy, but that can all be overlooked.  Overall, this is a very useful tool and I’m always looking for new opportunities to play with it.

Lime Squeezer

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Last night, I made Pico de Gallo and got to use this tool.  This has been in my arsenal for about 10 years and I absolutely love it.  It’s simple to use and really does get every last drop out of your limes.  I also have an orange squeezer that is the same design, but a bit bigger to fit an orange.  I once used this tool to squeeze 40 key limes because I was attempting to make key lime pie.  When the pie had come out of the oven and cooled enough to taste, I walked it over a few feet to show my hubby.  Then the pie slipped out of my hands onto the floor and was completely ruined.  I haven’t made key lime pie ever since.

Those four tools are my absolute must-haves.  They all live happily in my kitchen and get to partake in much action.  What are your picks?

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