Whether your skills in the kitchen are akin to a five-star chef or a microwave pro, you can certainly benefit from having the proper tools at hand. Here’s a rundown of the kitchen essentials that will simplify and enhance your cooking experience.
The idea of chopping up vegetables is enough to send most people straight to the drive-thru. But with a mandoline, you can easily cut, slice and julienne your way to an unforgettable meal. Most mandolines come with attachments that allow for variations in the thickness and style of the cut to best suit your needs.
Shred, Grind and Purée
Ah, the food processor—the kitchen’s jack-of-all-trades. Its various attachments allow for chopping, grinding, puréeing, shredding and mixing—whatever your heart, or tummy, desires. Whipping up everything from soup to homemade dough is easier with this prep-time-cutting appliance, making the cooking process less of … well, a process.
The euphoria one feels after a tasty homemade meal is often quickly displaced by the dread of cleanup, but with an immersion blender you can ease that burden. This handheld appliance allows you to keep your ingredients in the pot and blend them directly on the stovetop, cutting down on the dirty dishes so you can focus on more important things—like going back for seconds.
Remember when you were a kid and pots and pans brought you countless hours of joy (and everyone else a headache)? Rekindle that feeling—while putting the cookware to its appropriate use—with a Hard-Anodized Epicurious Cookware Set. With its even heat distribution, cool-to-the-touch handles and oven-safe use (up to 350 degrees), this set is not to be missed. And with 11 pieces included, you’ll have the perfect pot or pan no matter what you’re cooking.
Flip and Stir
The last thing you want to do is ruin a prize cookware set with utensils that will scratch the surface. Your best bet is to invest in a set of nonstick cooking utensils like those that are Teflon® coated; they’re durable and gentle on nonstick surfaces. You can also go the more traditional route of wooden cooking utensils. They have the same benefits of Teflon® with the added effect of enhancing your kitchen expert aura.
A KitchenAid stand mixer is the next best thing to having a sous-chef. While you’re perfecting one aspect of the meal, this mixer can make dough, pasta or even grind meat through its multipurpose attachment hub. The best part is that it comes in a myriad of colors, so you can add a little style to the mix.
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