6 Cooking Tools I Use Daily

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Like most home cooks, my kitchen is full of gadgets, tools, and appliances. Some items are used for special occasions, but others are used on a daily basis. Here are the items in our kitchen that get the most use. They are our workhorses in our kitchen, and the tools that really lay the foundation for all of our family’s cooking.

41okb6os7jlLodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (buy it here on Amazon)

This cast iron dutch oven gets a lot of use in our house. It can do so many things – braised and seared meats, stews and soups, perfectly baked sourdough bread, baked casseroles. We’ve even taken it on camping trips. I’ve owned my dutch oven for about 6 years, and plan to pass it on to my kids as a family heirloom. This thing will definitely live longer than me.

71cagmgumnl-_sl1500_Cuisinart 12-Piece Knife Set (buy it here on Amazon)

We actually own two knife sets – this Cuisinart 12-piece set, and a full Cutco set that I’ve had since selling Cutco knives as a summer job during college. I like this set because they are good, solid stainless steel knives. They come with blade guards, and comfortable handles.

81e685wuucl-_sx425_Pyrex Mixing Bowls (buy it here on Amazon)

These glass mixing bowls are great for mixing or storing anything from salads to cake batter. They are really sturdy, and we’ve own ours since getting married over 10 years ago.

81bo7tjzyll-_sl1500_Silicone Pot Holders (buy it here on Amazon)

These were given to me as a gift a few years ago, and I did not expect to use them so frequently. They can be used as pot holders, trivets, can openers, and spoon rests. Also, they are super easy to clean.

71piuvb9-dl-_sl1067_Digital Kitchen Scale (buy it here on Amazon)

This kitchen scale is so useful. It is great for measuring food by weight, which is important if you’re following recipes that call for ingredients in grams or ounces. The scale is very precise, has a tare function (so you can automatically subtract the weight of your container), and has a unit button that converts to various weight measurements.

61qv9tsgqil-_sl1500_OXO Good Grips Tongs (buy it here on Amazon)

You need yourself a good pair of tongs. This version is great because it is a long 12-inches, and has silicone heads that are safe for non-stick cookware.

What are some of your favorite cooking tools that you use on a regular basis?

5 Things You Need to Make Amazing Homemade Ice Cream

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We’ve been making a lot of homemade ice cream recently, such as this salted caramel ice cream. I love how surprisingly simple and fun ice cream is to make. All you need are the right tools. To make it easy for you, I put together a list of 5 things you need to make amazing ice cream. Here you go!

1. Ice Cream Maker

We’ve owned the Hamilton Beach 4-Quart Ice Cream Maker for years, and it has never let us down. It has a large cannister, and churns ice cream in about 20-40 minutes. For a pretty low price of $32.99 on Amazon, it is a great value.

2. Silicone Spatulas

A good spatula is a must-have for ice cream making. You will use it to stir your ice cream base, as well as transfer the ice cream to and from the ice cream maker. Do yourself a favor and get this set of very highly rated Wilton Easy Flex Silicone Spatulas. We use these all the time in our kitchen.

3. Mesh Colander

Many ice cream recipes instruct you to strain your custard base, usually to filter bits of egg or other solids out of your ice cream. For that, you’ll use a mesh colander. I have this set of three colanders, which comes with a small 7-inch diameter colander, medium 8.5-Inch diameter colander, and large 10-inch diameter colander.

4. Silicone Whisk

Another necessity for ice cream making is a silicone whisk, which is used to properly mix your ice cream base. I like the 10-inch Kuhn Rikon Silicone Rainbow Whisk. Silicone ensures that your pots won’t get scratched, and your whisk can withstand high heat. Plus, this rainbow whisk is so pretty!

5. Great Ice Cream Recipes

I have The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, and highly recommend it. The book gives tips and guidelines to making homemade ice cream, sorbets, granitas, and all sorts of ice cream toppings. I have made several recipes from the book, and each has been excellent and easy to follow.

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