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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
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2014-05-29 05:07:02 PM  
3 votes:
i65.photobucket.com
2014-05-29 04:17:56 PM  
3 votes:
kissthecookonline.com

Loves me my mortar and pestle.

Makes me feel like some kind of alchemist.
2014-05-29 06:28:12 PM  
2 votes:
az163874.vo.msecnd.net One of these if you want to make your own fries or onion rings or just about any sliced food.

www.chefdepot.net
And a pair of these so you don't turn your fingers into french fries.
2014-05-29 05:11:13 PM  
2 votes:
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 04:03:12 PM  
2 votes:

DjangoStonereaver: Believe me, form matters in the kitchen:

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What is she doing squeezing an entire lemon that isn't halved, into a cast iron skillet? WHAT IS SHE DOING?!?!?!?!?

I am finding it difficult to believe she is actually cooking anything at all.
2014-05-29 04:00:13 PM  
2 votes:
I love my Kitchen Aid mixer.
2014-05-29 03:53:31 PM  
2 votes:
Flexible cutting boards are awesome.
2014-05-29 03:40:40 PM  
2 votes:
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
2014-05-29 03:37:04 PM  
2 votes:
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2014-05-29 03:36:34 PM  
2 votes:
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
2014-05-30 12:17:16 AM  
1 vote:

thisisarepeat: lumiere: Trillian Astra: A half-way decent chef's knife, chopping boards, and a meat thermometer. I've got a pretty bare bones kitchen.

But I'm getting a new cast iron pan after we move.

I highly recommend you search craigslist or eBay for an older Wagner or Griswold cast iron skillet. They are generally classified as antiques. Make sure you get one stamped with "Erie" (if it's a Griswold), that it sits flat and has a patina from good seasoning and even cooking over many years.  The Lodge brand is crap compared to the older American made Griswolds and Wagners.

Does that still hold true if they have been blasted back down to white because they were rusty when the picker found found them?


Yes, just re-season them.  It'll take a bit of work, but worth it.
2014-05-29 09:42:16 PM  
1 vote:
img.fark.net

/Can't believe I'm the first with this.
2014-05-29 09:20:39 PM  
1 vote:
SFSailor:
peacheslatour: lol.  My hubby and I have the same deal- I cook he cleans up.

Unless he enjoys cleaning as much as you enjoy cooking, THIS IS NOT A DEAL.  I've seen more than one divorce bubble up fundamentally driven in large part by this "deal."  Cleaning farking sucks, especially if the "cook" "enjoys" USING EVERY DAMNED UTENSIL IN THE KITCHEN POINTLESSLY, THOUGHTLESSLY, AND INSENSITIVELY, CREATING WAY MORE MESS THAN NECESSARY.

"I cook, you clean" is the most self-serving, stupid "deal" one half can inflict on the couple, unless the interests are exactly opposite -- one hates cooking and loves cleaning, and 't'other hates cleaning and loves cooking... but that's rare.  Usually, one "loves" cooking, and the other is stuck with "I cooked -- you clean."  And that is flat out messed up bullshiat that will silently seethe and build contempt until one day *bam* done.

Pet peave.  Your husband won't tell you.  I just did.


No. I clean as I go. The only thing he has to do  is wash a pot.  We both load the dishwasher- he rinses, I load.  Plus the only thing he knows how to cook is breakfast.  Cold cereal and toast.
/ We've been happily married for thirty four years.
kth
2014-05-29 08:45:05 PM  
1 vote:
1. Hotel pans.
We have all sizes. We use them for prep bowls, casseroles, roasting pans, cooling leftovers. The shallow fourths fit perfectly in the crisper to hold meat that is defrosting. Cheap as hell at junk stores and not that expensive at restaurant supply stores.

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2. Sous Vide. It was a wedding gift. It is awesome.
3. Magic Bullet. Excellent for Babaganouj, hummus, bass, whatever else you want to make.
4. Viking Mixer. It moved in with me before my husband did. I coveted it.
5. Good cheese slicer, whatever that means for you.  For me it is this:
www.cheesemakingshop.co.uk

6. Oxo Peeler. The cheap ones suck for lefties.
2014-05-29 07:27:13 PM  
1 vote:
Oooh, one more:  If you keep your house cool in the winter, little plastic/rubber plate-heater-things that warm your plate in the microwave.  Indispensable in the chilly-temps months.

I'd add vacuum wine savers, but can't remember the last time I saved part of a bottle of wine.  They work pretty well, though.

How about the flip side?

Pointless Shiat Going To Goodwill After Cleaning Out The Kitchen Last Week (mostly gifts with the factory seal intact, or used once or twice and stuffed in a deep, dark cabinet):

Salad spinner.
Panini press.
Ice shaver.
Fish-basket-thing for grill.
Beer can chicken stand gizmo pointless thing.
Stupid spaghetti-straining-spoon-thing.  Pointless with a proper pasta pot.

Things about which I may be in the minority, also in the Goodwill-bound box(es):

Garlic press.  WTF?  Smash, mince, done.  Hasn't been used in years.

Multiple crock pots.  I tried.  I really did.  No meat coming out of a crock pot tastes as good as if cooked *any* other way.  And the one thing that comes close (soups) can be done in advance in large batches and frozen in small batches to be just as convenient.  Take up too much space, not one has been used in years.

Big, cheap food processor.  Maybe expensive ones are worth it, but my cheap experiment is now never used, unnecessarily hard to clean vs. you know, a knife, and doesn't work well.  A mini one is handy sometimes, but the big one's not worth the space.

Several cast iron pans:  Here again, I tried.  But if ya' look at it objectively, they're heavy, fragile, heat up -way- too slowly, then stay hot far too long, and come complete with a super-convenient blazing hot handle.  Then, when done, they're awkward to clean and rust if you don't take care of them properly.  Dumb all around.  I know there are farkers in here professing their undying love, but I'll never understand it.   I'll give a fark about cast iron, and reconsider, when more than a handful of chefs use them in restaurant kitchens; anything else is a mix of nostalgia, self-delusion, and self-appointed unjustified self righteousness.

Any other bad / counterproductive / stupid "why did I buy this?" suggestions?
2014-05-29 07:17:13 PM  
1 vote:

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.


Psh.  I cooked.  And besides that thing is heavy.
2014-05-29 06:43:54 PM  
1 vote:

Lee451: peacheslatour: 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.

That is when you move up to a Ninja. Mine was only $100 and well worth it.


I don't know anything about the Ninja but the vitamix is a beast. It's huge because it's got such a gigantic motor. This thing is not hype at all, it's a beast.
2014-05-29 06:27:45 PM  
1 vote:

tiamet4: 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.


I likes wooden spoons, too.
They don't scratch expensive 'non-stick' surfaces, don't melt at high heats, don't react with acid/alkaline foods and produce weird flavors...and there's just something about a wooden spoon that makes things BETTER.
2014-05-29 06:00:50 PM  
1 vote:
My go to kitchen utensil is my wife
2014-05-29 05:59:31 PM  
1 vote:
Get a kitchen spider

www.chefshanekelly.com
2014-05-29 05:58:46 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:55:43 PM  
1 vote:
justinsomnia.org

cooking chopsticks are biatchin'.

Mine are hollow aluminum.
2014-05-29 05:47:49 PM  
1 vote:
Kitchen Aid, with all the attachments. Meat grinder, pasta roller, rotary slicer, etc.

Mochahete !

Immersion blender
2014-05-29 05:42:53 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:39:29 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:36:37 PM  
1 vote:
Ricer.
Real way to make mashed taters.


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2014-05-29 05:32:10 PM  
1 vote:
Mandoline
Slap-Chop type thing from Pampered Chef
Cast iron pans
Fridge
2014-05-29 05:25:31 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:23:52 PM  
1 vote:

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.

importfood.com
2014-05-29 05:19:17 PM  
1 vote:

peacheslatour: Osterizer blender


I know a Vitamix isn't cheap, but you'd never, ever Osterize again once you had one.
2014-05-29 05:17:22 PM  
1 vote:

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 05:17:21 PM  
1 vote:
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 05:09:14 PM  
1 vote:
www.globeequipment.com
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2014-05-29 05:04:33 PM  
1 vote:
www.4thegrill.com

Quicker than marinating

toolwizard.com

They make me feel like the Wolverine when I BBQ.
2014-05-29 04:20:49 PM  
1 vote:

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 03:58:24 PM  
1 vote:
i.kinja-img.com

This changed by life.
2014-05-29 03:55:06 PM  
1 vote:
As stupid as it is, this is one of my favorite little gadgets.  especially for making things like hollandaise.  Love me some Eggs Benedict.

cdn.thisiswhatiwant.com
2014-05-29 03:53:18 PM  
1 vote:
ecx.images-amazon.com

This thing makes awesome coffee. Best practical method I've ever tried.
2014-05-29 03:50:39 PM  
1 vote:
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.

www.paulsfinest.com
2014-05-29 03:39:45 PM  
1 vote:
www.featherweightcreations.com
2014-05-29 03:39:35 PM  
1 vote:

Purelilac: I'm not into kitchen gadgets, but I do like my Ninja if I have to fine chop a shiatload of veggies.


I have two marinades that I use my Ninja for and it makes mixing them so much easier.

Plus it's great for making rum smoothies.

That thing is a godsend.
2014-05-29 03:36:14 PM  
1 vote:
I'm not into kitchen gadgets, but I do like my Ninja if I have to fine chop a shiatload of veggies.
 
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