kitchen items: keep 15, toss 16

While specialized kitchen tools are beguiling, it turns out that even the best cooks don’t bother using them. They don’t have a real place in kitchens of any size, let alone a smaller one.

Mark Bittman, a food columnist, says professionals use “dented pots and pans scarred beyond recognition, an old steak knife turned into an all-purpose tool, a pot lid held just so to strain pasta when the colander was missing.”

What are the 15 essential items in your kitchen?

The New York Times identified things which, if you do cook, are familiar and used frequently.  We will assume you have a working cook top, stove and sink!

KEY TO PHOTOGRAPH: (1) 8-inch chef’s knife; (2) 3 stainless steel mixing bowls; (3) strainer; (4) skimmer; (5) colander; (6) loaf pan; (7) instant read thermometer; (8) 9-inch tong; (9) 12-inch whisk; (10) measuring cup; (11) ladle; (12) 14-inch skillet with handles; (13) 3 aluminum saucepans; (14) Japanese mandoline; (15) 13×18 inch sheet pan. (NY Times)

KEY TO PHOTOGRAPH: (1) 8-inch chef’s knife; (2) 3 stainless steel mixing bowls; (3) strainer; (4) skimmer; (5) colander; (6) loaf pan; (7) instant read thermometer; (8) 9-inch tong; (9) 12-inch whisk; (10) measuring cup; (11) ladle; (12) 14-inch skillet with handles; (13) 3 aluminum saucepans; (14) Japanese mandoline; (15) 13×18 inch sheet pan. (NY Times)

What are the 16 non-essential items in your kitchen?

Besides considering what you need in your kitchen, it helps to remove the shiny, seldom-used gear as well. Bakers John and Dana Shultz recently shared 16 items to donate or discard, along with their reasons.

REMOVALS:  (1) kitchen aid mixer;  (2) crock pot;  (3) knife block;  (4) excessive pots and pans;  (5) more than 8 plates, glasses, and bowls;  (6) extra coffee/tea mugs;  (7) bread maker;  (8) toaster oven;  (9) wok;  (10) juicer;  (11) espresso machine;  (12) grilled cheese maker;  (13) rice maker;  (14) doughnut pan;  (15) quesadilla maker/ panini press;  (16) egg scrambler/milk frother/other trinkets.

You should be smiling with recognition, as the guilt has been lifted. Here’s the final kicker from the Shultzes, who also grant permission to donate your fine china and heirlooms too.

 

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