A few days ago I did a tour of my home with my brother on FaceTime. One of the things he was interested to see was my kitchen tools/gadgets. Since I haven't posted an update from my original post over a year and a half ago, I figured it was time for a update. Instead of a wish list, this is a must have list. From fancy cookware to smart rice cookers, these gadgets will make any foodie envious of your kitchen.
Want to serve the best damn rice...invest in a Zojirushi rice cooker. Better yet, get the Zojirushi Induction Heating rice cooker. I must warn you, it doesn't come cheap. The lowest model is priced at around $150.
This is hands down the best looking spice rack. And it's expensive too at $175. Sign up for Dean & Deluca emails and you may get a 20-25% off online coupon. Black Friday is just around the corner.
For newlyweds or first time homeowners, one of the things you have to invest in is quality knives. I mean, excellent quality. Shun is expensive so an alternative is Wustoff Classic knives.
I trust the PolyScience line of sous vide machines. I have the Creative series since I wasn't sure how often I would use it but if I had another chance, I would get the Chef series. It comes with a travel & storage case which I find useful when you're traveling to someone's house to cook. I know there's knock offs available (aka cheap versions) but that's what they are, cheap. I don't think it can handle large meats like prime rib and it'll probably take a LONG time to cook.
One of the things I pay attention to while dining at Michelin starred restaurants are their cutlery. One of the common brands is Studio William. I feel their designs are modern and well-balanced in the hand.
I'm a cheese fanatic. I love love cheese! I always serve a cheese platter whenever I have gatherings at home. Having a cheese curler to serve the semi-hard Swiss spicy Tete de Moine cheese will kick up your cheese game. This is on my wist list for Christmas.
I have a standard red Le Creuset Dutch oven but I like this Mariner Star Round Dutch oven because the handle is metal and it works well in the oven on high temperatures. The color is gorgeous.
A kitchen essential, it's important to have a food scale for recipes that are temperamental and require precise measurements.
Chef Thomas Keller's "In a Pinch" Ad Hoc Salt Celler was selected for this year's Oprah's Favorite Things. I like that it provides three different salts for seafood, meats and vegetables. This is also on my wish list.
I love to bake than cook so one of the must-have items in my kitchen is a KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Gloss Cinnamon. I like the glass bowl because it's easier to see the ingredients without having to look over the bowl.
Along with cheese, I'm also obsessed with espresso. I own three Nespresso machines (for home, office and travel). I never thought I would own three but the latest model, Lattissima Pro, comes equip with a water spout for tea. Sold! Plus it has a touchscreen and the machine heats up in 10 seconds.
Microplane has so many various graters and tools, I want them all. I have one rasp grater for citrus and two coarse ones for firm cheeses and vegetables. A definite must have.
I'm a All-Clad loyalist even though some of their products are now made in China. I think the expensive lines are still made in the U.S. I purchased my All-Clad cookware years ago but I like this Thomas Keller designed one with three copper core sauce pots.
For sous vide cooking, you need a vacuum sealer but it's also a good investment to seal food and keep it fresher longer. I have a FoodSaver V3860 which is one of their more popular models. It doesn't take up a lot of room and looks nice on the counter with the black chrome finish.
Quick & Easy Cooking
I prefer eating at home than eating out unless it's a "fancy" dinner. Let's be real, it's hard to cook at home if you have to commute to the office. I'm all for gadgets that allow me to cook delicious food in 45 minutes or less. That's why I love sous vide because it's sorta like a "set it and forget it" mentality because you place your ingredients in a vacuum sealed bag, stick it in the water bath and let it cook at a specific temperature and time. Below are other gadgets that I found interesting and may invest in.
Philips Airfryer and Pasta Maker
Philips recently designed cool gadgets for foods that often take forever to make from scratch or by not so healthy cooking techniques. I was drawn to the Airfryer because it uses very little to no oil and it's fast. I've never made pasta by hand but the Pasta maker will allow me to make it at home without the mess.
That's my comprehensive list of kitchen gadgets galore. Now I'm motivated to buy a new gadget this weekend!