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(ThinkGeek)   Fark Food Thread: Aside from knives and cooking vessels, what are some of your 'go to' kitchen utensils? What is notable about them that other Farkers should consider over similar utensils? Does the form matter as much as the function?   (thinkgeek.com) divider line 329
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2014-05-29 04:17:56 PM  
kissthecookonline.com

Loves me my mortar and pestle.

Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.
 
2014-05-29 04:20:49 PM  

miss diminutive: [kissthecookonline.com image 500x500]

Loves me my mortar and pestle.

Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.


Loves mines too.  I use it even when it isn't entirely necessary.  I cackle when I use it the same way I cackle when I eat Bugles and put them on my fingertips --  all witchy and errythang.
 
2014-05-29 04:21:18 PM  

DonWrite: DGS: mrshowrules: [i.kinja-img.com image 636x358]

This changed by life.

How?


It save me tons of time cutting hot dogs into little semi-circles.
 
2014-05-29 04:21:33 PM  

DGS: DonWrite: I really need a small whisk

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>:(
 
DGS [TotalFark]
2014-05-29 04:23:50 PM  

mrshowrules: DonWrite: DGS: mrshowrules: [i.kinja-img.com image 636x358]

This changed by life.

How?

It save me tons of time cutting hot dogs into little semi-circles.


Now that's a... lofty goal?

/to be fair, I bet babby would love seeing that.


DonWrite: DGS: DonWrite: I really need a small whisk

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>:(


AND YOU'LL LIKE IT, MISTER
 
2014-05-29 05:03:34 PM  
Toaster oven. It might be the most versatile tool in my kitchen. Everything from, well, toasting, to baking chicken, to broiling vegetables.
 
2014-05-29 05:04:19 PM  
www.asseenontvsale.com
 
2014-05-29 05:04:33 PM  
www.4thegrill.com

Quicker than marinating

toolwizard.com

They make me feel like the Wolverine when I BBQ.
 
2014-05-29 05:06:01 PM  

miss diminutive: [kissthecookonline.com image 500x500]

Loves me my mortar and pestle.

Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.



One of those has been on my list for a long time.  Really need to get one.
 
2014-05-29 05:07:02 PM  
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2014-05-29 05:08:31 PM  
lh4.ggpht.com
If you've spent any amount of time in a restaurant and have knife skills I highly recommend Japanese steel over everything else. It holds its' blade better, it's so light, and when it does get dull is very easy to sharpen.
 
2014-05-29 05:09:14 PM  
www.globeequipment.com
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2014-05-29 05:09:28 PM  
I have a useful ulu, but that's a knife, I guess. A good tool I would pick after that is an old fashioned rotary slicer/shredder. It works on cheese, potatoes, vegetables, hardboiled eggs, etc. It's fun and easy and rarely maims me.
 
2014-05-29 05:09:50 PM  
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2014-05-29 05:10:17 PM  
Thermapen
Stand Mixer
Tilia Vac-U-Suck
Oxo Tongs
My All Clad Tri-Ply cookware. <--- More than anything else this makes a huge difference for consistency in the kitchen. Not enough can be said about have good pots and pans. You only have to buy em once.
Also my set of Cutco knives. (Yeah I know I'll catch hell for this, but I think they are good knives. They hold a good edge and are easy to sharpen with my accusharp.)
The microplane is awesome! We use it for hard cheeses all the time. So easy to use.
Also having a sturdy box grater is a must in my house. I behold the power of cheese on a daily basis so grating is important. Kitchenaid makes a box grater that I have yet to find and equal for.
 
2014-05-29 05:10:23 PM  

Purelilac: You can also put a kitchen towel under your cutting board to keep it solid.


A damp paper towel works great too...plus once you are done chopping, you can use it to clean up. :)
 
2014-05-29 05:11:05 PM  

keithgabryelski: [i.c-b.co image 165x1500]$web_zoom$&/1308302306/microplane-grater-zester.jpg


You are a farking idiot for that.

Good job keeping allergic people down.
 
2014-05-29 05:11:13 PM  
I have an irrational love of wooden spoons. I use them for pretty much anything that doesn't strongly require another type of stirring or scooping utensil. I'm not sure why cooking and baking is more enjoyable/good tastes better when I use a wooden spoon but it does!

Also my Kitchenaid mixer and microplane zester.
 
2014-05-29 05:12:26 PM  
Mini-processor for instant salsa from garden tomatoes and jalapeños.
Ancient Oster processor for hummus
Serrated vegetable knife- cannot exist without it
King Kutter for paper thin sliced veggies (love those home fry chips)
My mom's set of post-WW2 stainless Flint utensils- large and small strainers, cake server, spatula, etc. The tangs are 1/4" thick and the darn things look brand new
 
2014-05-29 05:12:32 PM  
I have two novelty cutting boards- one in the shape of Colorado and one in the shape of Hawaii.

/I use the Colorado cutting board a lot more than the Hawaii board.
//It takes too long to assmble the islands in the right order prior to using them.
///You'd think the Big Island would be the go-to island, but no.  Molokai.
 
2014-05-29 05:12:33 PM  
Yea, I'm listening to the breakdown for the track now.

farking liars and deceivers.
 
2014-05-29 05:13:04 PM  
I like my slap chop.
 
2014-05-29 05:13:17 PM  
Silpat which was great when I was baking a lot of bread; it made kneading so much easier to clean up after.

Stainless steel roaster. It was expensive, but makes roasting vegetables less expensive since I was warping cookie sheets at 450 degrees.

Presto electric pressure cooker. Also doubles as a slow cooker, and has a sauté setting. Versatile.

Food processor, duh.
 
2014-05-29 05:13:20 PM  
www.smashinggadgets.com
 
2014-05-29 05:14:12 PM  
My dishwasher. After (many) years of living without one, I finally moved into a place that has one about a year and half ago. It is so nice to speed up the clean-up!

And my kitchen also has a garbage disposal, which I find handy. First place I've ever lived to have one.

Don't really go in for gadgets. Occasionally I'll use the food processor. I use the whisk and tongs a lot, along with the flexible cutting boards that have been mentioned upthread.
 
2014-05-29 05:14:19 PM  

keithgabryelski: [i.c-b.co image 165x1500]$web_zoom$&/1308302306/microplane-grater-zester.jpg


Yep.
 
2014-05-29 05:14:46 PM  
Cast-iron skillets!  Keep 'em seasoned, folks. I use them for nearly everything; I even got rid of my non-stick pans!
 
2014-05-29 05:15:35 PM  
If you're into baking, try a Silpat.
 
2014-05-29 05:16:48 PM  

DRTFA: I have two novelty cutting boards- one in the shape of Colorado and one in the shape of Hawaii.

/I use the Colorado cutting board a lot more than the Hawaii board.
//It takes too long to assmble the islands in the right order prior to using them.
///You'd think the Big Island would be the go-to island, but no.  Molokai.


Aren't most cutting boards in the shape of Colorado, or is that the joke?
 
2014-05-29 05:17:15 PM  

flucto: Gadgets I would not live without:

Vitamix
Kitchenaid mixer
meat grinder
stick blender
heavy duty masher
big-ass enameled cast iron pots with lids
pastry bags


These are all on my list as well.  Would like to add:

Mini ice cream scoop ( measures uniform muffins, cupcakes, cheese puffs ( i have two sizes), cookies, etc.
Osterizer blender
Pastry cutter

Not really a gadget, but parchment paper.
 
2014-05-29 05:17:21 PM  
I love my box grater, my $4 mandoline, and my mortar & pestle. I've never been much for electric gadgets.. if I cooked more, I'd probably appreciate them.
 
2014-05-29 05:17:22 PM  

L.D. Ablo: I love my Kitchen Aid mixer.


Absolutely, that thing does everything, it has a power takeoff on the front that you can rig to run a lot of otherwise manual tools like meat mixers for making sausage.  I call it my kitchen tractor.
 
2014-05-29 05:17:53 PM  
AirBake baking sheet. It prevents the smoke alarm from serving as the dinner bell.
Seriously, when we bake on a regular cookie sheet, the bottom is cooked way before the top is done, it gets overcooked, and sometimes puts off enough smoke (doesn't take much) to sound the alarm. With the AirBake sheet, it cooks evenly... and the cats don't freak out.
 
2014-05-29 05:19:17 PM  

peacheslatour: Osterizer blender


I know a Vitamix isn't cheap, but you'd never, ever Osterize again once you had one.
 
2014-05-29 05:19:26 PM  
My dad has OCD, and I got him the cutting board in the link as a gag gift.  I'm going to have to get him another one to actually use, he doesn't wasn't to ruin the markings on the one he has.
 
2014-05-29 05:19:49 PM  
Apple slicer. If you like apples, you want one of these:
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2014-05-29 05:20:15 PM  

thisisarepeat: Absolutely, that thing does everything, it has a power takeoff on the front that you can rig to run a lot of otherwise manual tools like meat mixers for making sausage. I call it my kitchen tractor.


The sausage stuffer for the Kitchen Aid is close to useless. I many of the other attachments but that one is way too much pain to bother.
 
2014-05-29 05:20:23 PM  
It would seem that I can't live without my toaster oven.  I use it for all sorts of things from actually cooking things in it on hot days when I don't want to heat up the whole kitchen to keeping plates and dishes warm.
 
2014-05-29 05:21:05 PM  
Pasta-strainer/colander kettle size.  I have gotten into boiling and par boiling vegetables and stuff (lord knows why,,.am I turning British?) and the pasta-strainer makes it superfly and easy.  I kiss its galvanized hole-riddled underside on lonely nights (not really).
 
2014-05-29 05:21:24 PM  
www.robohara.com
All my utensil needs are solved by Spatula City.
 
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2014-05-29 05:22:34 PM  

darkmayo: I like my slap chop.


Then you're in luck, as apparently Vince Offer is posting in this thread as  khyberkitsune.
 
2014-05-29 05:23:41 PM  
Slow Cooker / Crock-Pot easiest way to make most things! From Oatmeal in the morning to cobbler for after dinner.
 
2014-05-29 05:23:52 PM  

RexTalionis: As far as I'm concerned, the only knife a cook needs is a Chinese cleaver. It cuts, it slices, it cleaves through bone and yet you can even use it to pare and shave. It is, by far, the most versatile cooking knife out there.

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A few years ago, I was at the local Asian grocery, and realized I needed something good for chopping vegetables. I picked up a Thai "Kiwi" brand cleaver for about $4.00. I figured I might get one or two uses out of it before the blade folded over, but I only needed it for a short time anyway.

Five years later, the thing is still going strong, and keeps a razor-sharp edge. It's my go-to blade for almost every slicing and chopping task in my kitchen. I love that thing, and plan to get more.

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2014-05-29 05:23:59 PM  

Private_Citizen: Apple slicer. If you like apples, you want one of these:


We use ours for pears also and I even managed to wedge a pineapple too.
 
2014-05-29 05:24:00 PM  

LlamaGirl: Immersion blender.

If you make soups or sauces, they are amaaaaaaaaazing tools.
I like to use mine to make fancy scarmbly eggs as well.


Oh, and my rad sodastream. haha


I use mine to make a quick BBQ sauce after I cook short ribs.

Cook the ribs with a little apple cider vinegar, diced tomatoes, and a diced onion, plus assorted spices and herbage, pour all that in the saucepan after you're done cooking the ribs, let it reduce on medium heat for 20 minutes, then hit it with the stick blender to make it into sauce. I usually add some unflavored beef gelatin if the ribs were too lean to give the sauce some body.
 
2014-05-29 05:25:01 PM  

Purelilac: Headline said not vessels, but I adore my cast iron and enameled cast iron cookware.


I would shrivel up and die without my big cast-iron wok.
 
2014-05-29 05:25:27 PM  

flucto: peacheslatour: Osterizer blender

I know a Vitamix isn't cheap, but you'd never, ever Osterize again once you had one.


Fair point, but after living with a cheap drugstore blender for years, the Osterizer is like heaven.  My old plastic one would leak hot soup all over the place and couldn't crush ice for shiat.
 
2014-05-29 05:25:28 PM  

cgraves67: Private_Citizen: Apple slicer. If you like apples, you want one of these:

We use ours for pears also and I even managed to wedge a pineapple too.


Wow! How hard did you have to push to get it through a pineapple?
 
2014-05-29 05:25:31 PM  
The gadget I love is my moms Vitamix blender. That farker can chop up tree branches and you can make soup in it too. It spins so fast it makes its own heat to cook it.
 
2014-05-29 05:27:28 PM  

miss diminutive: [kissthecookonline.com image 500x500]

Loves me my mortar and pestle.

Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.


I keep a second electric coffee grinder (never used for coffee) for grinding spices. Faster and easier than a mortar and pestle, but I suppose not as good for working out one's aggressions, or wet or sticky ingredients.
 
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