I have been out of town all weekend, (middle daughter graduated from college!!), so when Cookware.com offered to do an article for my blog, I gladly accepted their fine offer. You will obviously recognize that I didn’t write this, since it is all spelled correctly and is grammatically correct. Expect my usual drivel tomorrow.
Five Versatile Kitchen Tools
When it comes to kitchen tools and appliances, the one thing that we find customers looking for the most is versatility. And there are a number of good reasons as to why this is the case. Multi-function kitchen tools can save you money (as you would have to buy separate tools/appliances for different tasks) and it frees up space on countertops, pantries, and cabinetry thus giving you more room to store cookware sets, flatware, and other appliances. So we’re going to take a look at five kitchen tools that have versatility to satisfy the demands of even the most die-hard foodie chef.
Viking 5-Quart Stand Mixer
When it comes to stand mixers, the Viking is the granddaddy of them all. It’s extremely durable and has an 800-watt motor (which is one of the most powerful among stand mixers) but what really sets this one apart are the sheer number of accessories that comes included with it. Included with the mixer itself is a “V” beater, whip, and a dough hook, and it is compatible with a number of other features, including attachments for pasta making, food grinding, blending, juicing, and slicing/shredding.
Although Viking is the one of the more expensive stand mixers on the market, its versatility and quality make this a worthy investment in the long run for any serious chef. Also available with 7-Quart capacity.
Paderno World Cuisine Stainless Steel Mandoline Vegetable, Fruit, and Cheese Slicer
As its name suggests, this Mandoline comes with enough attachments and thickness settings to effectively slice fruits, vegetables, and cheeses, and has a large capacity so that slicing will take less time. Mandolines are most commonly associated with Julienne slicing, but the World Cuisine model can also do crinkle and waffle cuts as well, and is an ideal tool for any dish that would require ingredients to be thinly and evenly sliced.
Vita-Mix Professional Series Blender w/ 64 oz. Container
Vita-Mix’s versatility comes from its sheer power. A powerful 2 horsepower motor gives it the power to tackle any blending challenge there is, whether you are trying to puree, chop, emulsify, or liquefy, and it is able to do so much faster than any other blender on the market, making food prep a cinch. What this means is that in addition to the usual blending tricks, the Professional Series can also perform such varied tasks as kneading dough, grinding coffee beans, or even heating soup!
Nesco/American Harvest 5 Tray Food Dehydrator
This particular dehydrator is perfect for a beginner who is looking into drying fruit or making jerky. Thanks to its amble 5-Tray capacity, it can hold plenty of food, which can save a lot of time as dehydrating is a long process. The overall process is much easier as well, as the trays doesn’t need to be rotated and are dishwasher safe. This kind of versatility and easy-care is something that most other dehydrators do not have, so this good bet for people might want to make their own trail mix or jerky but don’t want to spend too much time doing so.
Catskill Craftsmen Reversible Carving Board
This carving board is one of the few out there that is large enough to fit any carving or chopping needs and includes a juice groove. While it can be used to carve a turkey or roast, it can also be easily used to chop vegetable and slice bread as well. As an added bonus, it is also reversible, in case you are wary of using the same side for vegetables and meats.
Any of these items are a welcome addition to any kitchen because they are able to do more than similar items without costing a whole lot more. However, there certainly are many appliances, tools, and utensils out there that will help make food preparation easier and more fun, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled and keep in mind that it’s always worth it to pay a little bit more for a lot more versatility.