Aspiring chefs are always looking for new gadgets. In addition to essentials like measuring cups, measuring spoons and a set of sturdy knives, there are several other "must-haves" that make food prep more efficient.
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Digital Food Scale
If you regularly make recipes that call for one pound of potatoes or four ounces of lentils, a digital food scale is an invaluable tool. Most models feature a panel that shows pounds, ounces or grams. Others include complete nutrition information for a large catalog of food items. Use the weigh dry ingredients when baking and ensure that you’re using the same amount each time for the best results.
Mincing garlic takes a long time and can result in a sticky mess if you’re cutting up a lot of cloves. A hand-held garlic press eliminates tedious chopping and gives dishes a more pronounced garlic flavor since crushing cloves squeezes the juice out.
Even if you have good knife skills, there are times when you need thinner, more uniform slices than can be achieved by hand. Mandoline slicers come in styles that range from simple hand-held plastic frames with metal blades to high-end models with a variety of attachments. Choose from features such as thick, medium and thin slices and thick and thin julienne to shave time off putting together any recipe.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid’s sturdy large-capacity is the perfect way to streamline making batter or kneading dough. In addition to mixing and kneading, these gadgets come with attachments that allow you to shred cheese, make pasta and more. With all of these functions, sometimes things break down and you need 6 quart KitchenAid mixer parts. Retailers such as Mending Shed provide a selection of everything from bowl springs to speed controls so you can repair your mixer quickly and get back to baking.
Bottled lemon and lime juices don’t provide the same zip as freshly squeezed and often have preservative chemicals added. A manual juicer made from plastic or glass lets you skip the additives and give your dishes a natural splash of citrus. All you have to do is twist the fruit back and forth on a central "hub" to extract the juice before adding it to a recipe.
Stocking your kitchen with these handy gadgets helps you make more accurate measurements and speeds up meal preparation. With these tools in your arsenal, you’ll be turning out dishes like an expert in no time.
By Savannah Coulsen