For a foodie, every meal takes on a gourmet dimension. Breakfast is not simply French toast; it is cinnamon-infused brioche, drenched in egg custard, fried lightly and served with a freshly-mixed berry coulis. The proper tools are needed to create culinary concoctions like these. Transform your ordinary kitchen into a foodie’s paradise with the following gadgets:
10. Ginger and Nutmeg Grater
A ginger and nutmeg grater has fine holes that are great for creating powders. This type of grater is used to freshly grind spices, but can also be used to grate chocolate into a fine powder for dusting desserts.
9. Food Jars
Food jars display baked treats, breads and fruit with style. These clear and versatile display items look great in all styles of kitchens. Home chefs can have quick and organized access to staples such as, flour, sugar, beans and pasta.
8. Food Scale
A food scale provides push button convenience and precise measurements. Home chefs who enjoy international recipes can convert measurements from grams to cups or vice-versa. Food scales will also zero out between measurements, eliminating the need for multiple measuring cups. Another added feature of using a food scale is that sticky ingredients like honey or peanut butter can be scooped or poured out directly on to the scale, measured and then scraped into a mixing bowl or pan.
7. Garnishing Set
A garnishing set will provide a foodie with the right tools to create the finishing touch to beautiful presentations. Fruits and vegetables can be carved, curled and worked into a variety of shapes and cuts. Create a bouquet of flowers out of vegetables for dazzling platters and dinner plates.
6. Julienne Cutter
A julienne cutter creates thin match-stick sections of veggies and hard fruits. This is a great tool for making salad toppings and ingredients for pasta dishes. The julienne cutter eliminates the need for fine knife skills and can help the novice foodie create delicious recipes in less time.
5. Immersion Blender
An immersion blender is a handy tool for any kitchen. This hand-held device will blend, mix, stir and puree recipes directly in the dish, cup or pot. Simply push a button to blend margaritas in the pitcher, whip up dessert toppings in the mixing bowl and puree soups on the stove top. Immersion blenders eliminate the need for multiple bowls and dishes while cooking, creating more time to eat and less time spent cleaning.
4. Food Processors
Food processors make mixing, chopping and grating ingredients easy. Enjoy fresh pesto, salsa, and hummus or chopped veggies in minutes with this multi-purpose kitchen tool. Most food processors come with multiple blades, so you can chop hard ingredients and later swirl together soft blends of herbs and spices.
3. Cast Iron Cookware
Cast iron cookware is a versatile addition to any foodie’s kitchen. Cast iron’s heavy duty nature will last for years and can be used on the stove-top and in the oven. Cast iron cookware comes in many forms and sizes including, Dutch ovens, fry pans, skillet, griddles, crepe pans and chicken fryers.
2. Bi-Therm Thermometer
Bi-therm thermometers will accurately read temperatures for hot and cold foods. This is a great tool for food lovers who cook meat, craft soup recipes and prepare sushi. The thermometer will ensure that the recipe is cooked thoroughly and handled safely.
A chef’s knife is one hard-working utensil. This knife can be used to perform all tasks. Also referred to as the cookís knife, this indispensible tool can be used to chop, slice and carve intricate garnishing designs. A quality chef’s knife will have a blade made out of one solid piece of metal that runs the length of the entire knife. The handle covering the end of this metal will be made out of wood or synthetic bacteria free materials. The weight of the knife will vary with styles and intended use.