So, before my school sabbatical, I was reading through chapter on tools and gadgets. Not sure that was the title, but it was definitely the idea. It made me think about what my most frequently used tools are. Then that led to the internal dialogue of how I don't have a ton of tools because I really don't have the room for them. So I wanted to #1. show you the tools I almost couldn't live without and #2, show you some of the things we've done to fit more into a little bit of room.
- Whisks: You should have multiple sizes of whisks. I use them the most when scrambling eggs and make bechamels or gravy's, or to sift dry ingredients when baking. The smaller whisks are good for sauces and dressings and even hot chocolate.
- Bench Scraper: I just added this to my arsenal recently. I'm a sloppy cook and was so tired of dropping onions between the cutting board and the stove. This helps me pick up more veggies and transfer them safely across the counter. The dogs, however are pissed.
- Silicon brush: Love this invention. From basting meat with BBQ sauce, to spreading olive oil on pizza dough. It cleans up so much easier and doesn't shed bristles like a normal pastry brush.
- Tongs: #2 most used tool (behind knife). It flips meat, pulls the rack out of the oven and serves pasta. As many pairs of tongs in as many sizes you can get your hands on..do it. I even picked up a pair at a garage sale for $.50. WINNING!!
- Knife: I love this knife. My life changed when I got it. Invest in a good quality one. I need a lot more but your dices will turn out much better and the sharper the knife , the safer.
- Hand grater: Used almost daily for garlic or cheese. It can also be used to zest citrus. Love it.
- Spatula: Yes this one is teeny tiny. But that's one reason I love it. Its versatile and treats cookies and eggs equally gently. You should have metal spatulas as well as plastic/silicon to use on the non stick pans.
- Corkscrew: I believe this needs no introduction. I like the old fashioned waiter style corkscrews. It's never met a cork it couldn't remove. Some of the new fancy corkscrews don't work on fabricated corks. In this case, simple is better.
Let's move on to organization (i cringe at that word)
This is my kitchen... no, I'm not hiding any of it. This is it:
We also had an oddly placed bathroom right off the kitchen when we moved in. Fortunately, I'm married to a very talented man who likes my cooking a whole lot. So in order to continue to be on the receiving end of said cooking, I gently persuaded him to take out the bathroom, seal it up and build a pantry. I got the pegboard idea from Julia Child of course.
A couple other quick ideas:
Hopefully these tips are helpful to someone. I'm sure well continue to rearrange and come up with additional space saving ideas. When we do, I'll be sure to share those as well.