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2014-05-29 05:27:39 PM  
Gotta have a Baby Bullet.
 
2014-05-29 05:27:49 PM  
Pressure cooker.

That is all.
 
2014-05-29 05:28:01 PM  
Aside from knives and cooking vessels...

lol
 
2014-05-29 05:28:26 PM  

sharpie_69: Pressure cooker.

That is all.


Terrorist.
 
2014-05-29 05:28:33 PM  
Deep fryer
 
2014-05-29 05:28:43 PM  

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R.I.P Fark

 
2014-05-29 05:28:50 PM  

miss diminutive: Loves me my mortar and pestle.Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.


I've always wanted one, just haven't ever gotten around to getting one.
 
2014-05-29 05:29:12 PM  
Not utensils or gadgets, but something no kitchen should be without - parchment paper and cheesecloth. Both of those are just so useful in all sorts of ways all over the house.

I have been wanting an actual iron rosette iron with different shapes, but can only find aluminum. My grandmother had one with all kinds of shapes and last I saw it was in the house in Posebyen, but last time I was there I couldn't find it. I think one of my cousins snagged it, so the quest continues.
 
2014-05-29 05:30:58 PM  

Nestchick: 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.


If i'm renting a place that doesn't have a garbage disposal I install a cheap builder grade "badger" if it is on city sewer I leave it when I move, if its on septic i take it with me so the landlord doesn't know it was me that caused him to spend 5K having that farker dug up.
 
2014-05-29 05:32:03 PM  
A blender that can eat a rake:
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/Just kidding. If you need a blender that strong, you need to find better ingredients.
 
2014-05-29 05:32:10 PM  
Mandoline
Slap-Chop type thing from Pampered Chef
Cast iron pans
Fridge
 
2014-05-29 05:33:01 PM  
www.shinyshiny.tv
 
2014-05-29 05:35:05 PM  
This is a stealth sponsored link by Spatula City right?
 
2014-05-29 05:35:57 PM  

flucto: 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.


Yes you need a separate stuffer, I use the vertical press, it works great.  I use a seperate grinder as well because I make 50lb batches.
 
2014-05-29 05:36:10 PM  
 
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2014-05-29 05:36:36 PM  
A pair of chopsticks.

Test if your potatoes are done, grab that finicky piece of broccoli that fell out of the pan, stir your noodles, mix the oil in your natural peanut butter, grip-extender to reach the aluminum foil on the top shelf...
 
2014-05-29 05:36:37 PM  
Ricer.
Real way to make mashed taters.


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2014-05-29 05:36:53 PM  
Bass-O-Matic
 
2014-05-29 05:37:02 PM  
My OEB-12.20 Convotherm oven at work.  It is a $42k combination convection/steamer. It has a roll out racks and self-cleaning features.
 
2014-05-29 05:37:06 PM  

DGS: generalDisdain: Flexible cutting boards are awesome.

I really dislike them. Maybe I just have cheap ones and that's the problem, but they slide all over my countertops while I'm trying to work. I don't want to spend as much time managing my surface as I am my knife and the food I'm prepping. I opted for this, which has been solid for me.


Put a damp towel or rag under the cutting board to keep it from sliding.
 
2014-05-29 05:39:06 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.


the peeler/slicer/corer thing is great if you like to buy lots of apples and premake pie fillings, etc.
 
2014-05-29 05:39:29 PM  
Toaster oven - My wife cooks more in that than in the regular oven
Ice cream scoop - Perfect for portioning out pancakes, cupcakes, and other such things
Ice pick - because sometimes the best way to solve a problem is just to stab it
Instant hot-water spout on my sink - we go through literally gallons of tea in a month, and who wants to wait for water to boil?  Also handy for instant oatmeal, heating baby bottles, and many other uses
 
2014-05-29 05:39:42 PM  
Um, the items I cannot live without:
Vitamix
Vacuum tumbler
Souis vide unit
Pressure smoker
Ceramic kamaodo.
 
2014-05-29 05:39:54 PM  
Carbon steel knives
Sharpening steel
16" cast iron wok
Box grater
Mandolin
Mortar and pestle
Kitchamajig and some other stuff I'll think of when I go to use 'em
 
2014-05-29 05:40:04 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: Not utensils or gadgets, but something no kitchen should be without - parchment paper and cheesecloth. Both of those are just so useful in all sorts of ways all over the house.

I have been wanting an actual iron rosette iron with different shapes, but can only find aluminum. My grandmother had one with all kinds of shapes and last I saw it was in the house in Posebyen, but last time I was there I couldn't find it. I think one of my cousins snagged it, so the quest continues.


I would love to have one of these.  I've seen them in catalogs- and yes they're aluminum.  My grandmother had a waffle iron that made flower and other shapes, I'm sure it went with some cousin as well. :(
I want to try to make chocolate waffles for waffle and ice cream sandwiches.
 
2014-05-29 05:40:29 PM  
www.plastwarehouse.com
 
2014-05-29 05:42:50 PM  
Love my enameled cast iron dutch oven, but rarely use it (the wife doesn't like trying to clean it).
Wooden spoons for whatever.
Box grater for Cole slaw and mass shred cheese consumption.
Tongs for damn near everything.

And its been said, but bears repeating: wash your hands, dry em with a paper towel and throw it under your cutting board to prevent slipping while you chop.
 
2014-05-29 05:42:53 PM  
Electric kettle - I use it far more than I ever imagined.

Tongs - the spring-loaded V-shaped ones that you see in restaurant kitchens, not the stupid X-shaped ones.

Pizza stone & peel - for all bread-making activities.

Teeny funnel - for filling my flask.

Plus most of what's already been mentioned above.
 
2014-05-29 05:42:53 PM  
Cast iron skillet
immersion blender
mortar and pestle

We take cooking classes w/ a classically trained chef. He uses almost no gadgets except a stand mixer and an immersion blender. Once in a great while when there are a lot of people in a class he'll use a Cuisinart to chop vegetables.  He also puts down fancy knives -- he gets cheapies at Sam's Club every couple of years. For slipping cutting boards: put a damp towel underneath it.
 
2014-05-29 05:43:00 PM  
All kitchen utensils except good knives are a waste of your time and money
 
2014-05-29 05:44:35 PM  

exvaxman: Um, the items I cannot live without:
Vitamix
Vacuum tumbler
Souis vide unit
Pressure smoker
Ceramic kamaodo.


I have been suspiciously eye balling pressure smokers for a couple years.  Are they as magical as they look?
 
2014-05-29 05:45:05 PM  
Bread machine.
 
2014-05-29 05:46:28 PM  
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2014-05-29 05:46:32 PM  

mattador: Love my enameled cast iron dutch oven, but rarely use it (the wife doesn't like trying to clean it).
Wooden spoons for whatever.
Box grater for Cole slaw and mass shred cheese consumption.
Tongs for damn near everything.

And its been said, but bears repeating: wash your hands, dry em with a paper towel and throw it under your cutting board to prevent slipping while you chop.


Ya know and this is just a thought, you could clean it.
 
2014-05-29 05:47:49 PM  
Kitchen Aid, with all the attachments. Meat grinder, pasta roller, rotary slicer, etc.

Mochahete !

Immersion blender
 
2014-05-29 05:47:57 PM  
I love my Kitchenaide pedestal mixer, even though I only use it a couple times a year.  Usually in the Winter--to make marshmallow frosting for my birthday cake, and for making gingerbread men for Xmas.
 
2014-05-29 05:47:58 PM  

flucto: 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.


Yup.  Couldn't live without my Kitchen Aid for making bread and grinding meat, but after trying to use the sausage stuffer a couple of times I gave up and bought one of these:

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Now I use the Kitchen Aid to make the sausage and the LEM to stuff it into casings and life is good.

Mmmmmm...sausage.
 
2014-05-29 05:48:34 PM  
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My actual go to...
 
2014-05-29 05:48:59 PM  

peacheslatour: Real Women Drink Akvavit: Not utensils or gadgets, but something no kitchen should be without - parchment paper and cheesecloth. Both of those are just so useful in all sorts of ways all over the house.

I have been wanting an actual iron rosette iron with different shapes, but can only find aluminum. My grandmother had one with all kinds of shapes and last I saw it was in the house in Posebyen, but last time I was there I couldn't find it. I think one of my cousins snagged it, so the quest continues.

I would love to have one of these.  I've seen them in catalogs- and yes they're aluminum.  My grandmother had a waffle iron that made flower and other shapes, I'm sure it went with some cousin as well. :(
I want to try to make chocolate waffles for waffle and ice cream sandwiches.


I remember the only time I spent Christmas in Norway as a little girl was the first time I had those kinds of cookies. You didn't see them where I grew up in LA. In Norway there's this tradition of "Seven Sorts" where you have to have seven sorts of cookies for Jul. My grandma hated baking anything but pies, so she "cheated" by doing "Seven Shapes" of rosette cookies. No one dared say a word, not even the neighbors. It's totally a nostalgia thing for me because my fat butt does not need more cookies - especially not fried cookies.
 
2014-05-29 05:50:05 PM  

peacheslatour: mattador: Love my enameled cast iron dutch oven, but rarely use it (the wife doesn't like trying to clean it).
Wooden spoons for whatever.
Box grater for Cole slaw and mass shred cheese consumption.
Tongs for damn near everything.

And its been said, but bears repeating: wash your hands, dry em with a paper towel and throw it under your cutting board to prevent slipping while you chop.

Ya know and this is just a thought, you could clean it.


What surface combinations cause this slippage?  I use my plastic (also Colorado shaped) cutting boards on granite counter tops and never have any slipping issues.
 
2014-05-29 05:50:56 PM  
The more I cook, the less I like gadgets, and, for that matter, specialized knives.  Give me a decent chef's knife and I'll be yards ahead of most people using specialized knives for the same task... with the exception of a *large* slicer for thin-slicing roasts / bacon... and even then, if the chef's knife is already dirty....

I see vacuum sealer and thermapen have been covered.

So, I'll add:

A decent deep fryer, digital + ready light / tones.  Soooooo much easier, cleaner, and more economical than trying to do it on the stove.  Anybody have a hack to get the Waring digital one up beyond its 375* max?

Sausage stuffer and dedicated meat grinder:  DO NOT ATTEMPT SAUSAGE IN A KITCHENAID.  So farkin' frustrating that I was ready to chuck the entire machine (and it's not a cheap one) along with the sausage already in it.  A real grinder is a -pleasure- (even the $50 one from Harbor Freight), and a real sausage stuffer ($100-150 from LEM; there are others) is *night*and*day* better.  Mmmm, homemade sausage from < $2/pd pork butt, nearly-free pork fat (though you have to find a friendly meat counter person) and some spices.  Awesome.  The KA attachment is great for making sauces, but absolutely abysmal for stuffing sausage and borderline, at best, as a grinder:  By comparison, the $50 HF cheapie gets -colder- as grinding goes on, not hotter, along with just being less of a struggle.

For low-and-slow smokin' 'q, wireless thermometers are *indispensable*.

I'd add "a good powered knife sharpener," but they can really fark up knives if used carelessly, so if you're not already comfortable with hand-sharpening, best to take them to a pro.  And even if you're good with one, it mostly sits collecting dust for weeks/months at a stretch, if you're careful with your knives....

generalDisdain: It slices meats, cheeses and vegetables, and is indispensable for dismembering bodies:


I'm toying with getting something like that -- how often do you use it?  Do you find it worth the large amount of space it takes up?  Is a home-grade one more trouble than it's worth, in the "don't bother if you don't want to spend $500-1000 on a commercial one" way?

Homemade bacon, roast beef, smoked meats all seem like good (if thin) reasons to get one....

Curious!
 
2014-05-29 05:52:10 PM  

farkingismybusiness: All my utensil needs are solved by Spatula City.


My favorite odd kitchen item is a Zyliss silicone spatula. One piece, heat proof, no places for food to hide. One of my peeves is cracks and crevices in food prep.
 
2014-05-29 05:53:31 PM  
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2014-05-29 05:53:53 PM  
Mellon baller to remove the cores of apples, pears, etc. Even for eating apples "whole" so you don't have to nibble around the core.

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Cheese plane to cut consistent slices off a block of cheese. If you have good knife-skills you could just use a knife but I find a plane to be quicker.

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You should get one with a "mouth" wide enough to handle the largest cheese blocks you use.
 
2014-05-29 05:54:44 PM  

Real Women Drink Akvavit: my fat butt


Bring it to Zul.  Bring it......
 
2014-05-29 05:55:43 PM  
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cooking chopsticks are biatchin'.

Mine are hollow aluminum.
 
2014-05-29 05:58:27 PM  
Digital probe thermometer
Slow Cooker
Grill pan
Steamer tray
 
2014-05-29 05:58:46 PM  
I love my silicone oven mitt too.  So awesome when dealing with boiling water and steam.  Also radiator caps,  sure you could just wait for it to cool first but then the farker wouldn't be hot if I didn't have someplace to go would it?  The burn ward needs work too.
 
2014-05-29 05:59:09 PM  

flucto: peacheslatour: Osterizer blender

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


+1 My ex listed it on her side of the property settlement, non-negotiable. Finally got one of my own but I had to sell one of my kids to raise the money.
 
2014-05-29 05:59:31 PM  
Get a kitchen spider

www.chefshanekelly.com
 
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