5 Best Kitchen Tools for Foodies

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With all the gadgets, tools, and utensils on offer for the kitchen today, it can be difficult to decide which ones you really need.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five must-have kitchen tools that will make you a better home cook, guaranteed!

1. A Whetstone

Expert chefs know that pushing and grinding with too much force on a dull knife can end with a trip to the emergency room.

Besides, using a blunt blade can really waste time during food prep and make your slices look unprofessional and untidy. Using a whetstone to sharpen your knives is the obvious choice because it gives you full control over how the edge of your knife comes out.

Whetstones are an inexpensive, low-maintenance way of getting your knives pro-kitchen sharp.

2. A Microplane Zester

Many pro chefs just can’t live without a Microplane zester. You can use it to zest all sorts of citrus fruits for pasta, baking recipes, dressings, desserts, and much more.

A Microplane zester is perfect for when you need finely grated ginger or garlic for a curry or a sauce, or if you want to finish a dish off with a fine sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (yum!).  

Microplane zesters are a must-have for any aspiring chef because they are easy to clean (they are dishwasher-friendly) and anything you grate with them comes out really fine – perfect for incorporating ingredients into whatever you’re cooking.

3. An Air Fryer

While most people hesitate before buying an air fryer because they don’t want another bulky appliance that takes up precious counter space, almost everyone who has taken the plunge and ordered one doesn’t regret it.

Air fryers can be used to fry all kinds of things – the top unit has a heating mechanism and a fan, and hot air is forced down and around the food in the frying basket. The rapid circulation of hot air makes food unbelievably crispy, but without all of the unhealthy oil and fat needed for deep frying.

You can even cook a whole chicken to crispy perfection in an air fryer if you get one that’s big enough.

4. A Good Skillet

If there’s one thing that expert chefs everywhere agree on, it’s having a sturdy, cast-iron skillet. You can use a cast-iron skillet to cook pretty much everything, and they are the best choice when it comes to one-pot meals – making cooking weeknight dinners an absolute breeze.

Choose a cast-iron skillet with an enamel coating if you’re not sold on the idea of having to season it to prevent food from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Cast iron skillets can go right from cooking on the stovetop to straight into the oven, then onto the table for stylish serving.

Most importantly, cast iron skillets cook food very evenly due to the way they retain and distribute heat – making them perfect for an excellent sear on meats and vegetables.

As a bonus? A good quality skillet will last more than a lifetime. Just remember to wash it thoroughly after each use (no soap please!)

5. A Cherry Pitter

Chefs swear by the humble tool that is the cherry pitter. If you enjoy heading down to the farmer’s market to load up on fresh cherries, then a cherry pitter is for you.

A cherry pitter makes the slow and cumbersome task of removing tiny pits from cherries, prunes, and olives quick and painless – you don’t have to fiddle around with a sharp paring knife. You’ll save a ton of time, effort, and stress.

And if you’re in the mood for a fresh cherry pie, a cherry pitter is absolutely essential!

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