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An Asparagus Steamer is a narrow insert that holds Asparagus spears upright in another holding container that contains water to generate Steam. The beauty of this kitchen tool is, it allows the Boiling water to cook the bottoms of the Asparagus stalks while just Steaming the Asparagus...
A Barbecue Mop is a miniature cotton mop, used to baste barbecuing meats (Beef, Chicken, Pork) as they cook. Be aware though, that a Mop Sauce, sometimes called a “mop” or a “sop”, isn't just another kind of barbecue sauce. It's a thinner more watery...
A Baster, is a chef’s tool which is designed for basting foods much easier. Most people can picture the "Thanksgiving Turkey Baster," with its long tube (metal, glass or plastic) to hold pan juices and bulb (plastic, silicone or rubber) which is squeezed to...
Culinary Uses A Box Grater is a kitchen tool used to reduce hard foods to small pieces. Each Box Grater should have 4 sides. Each of the sides of the Box Grater has different types of thickness and shapes for grating. To use a Box Grater by applying a bit of pressure with the food item against...
Culinary Uses A Butane Torch is used for Browning, Caramelization and finishing Desserts. Nutritional Value USDA
Cutlet Frills, also known as Toquettes, are the name given to the little decorative paper hats used to enliven the presentation of bone-ends on various Bone-In Roasts. Culinary Uses Cutlet Frills are not used in cooking and are only added once the food item is cooked and ready for...
Like a Glove Needs a Hand, A Knife Needs a Cutting Board.
Digital Pocket Thermometers, also known as Instant Read Thermometers, are used to Measure the Internal Temperature of foods which is most accurate method of testing the final Level of Doneness of food. Varieties Standard Ovenproof Thermometers can remain in foods as they...
Culinary Uses To serve in an egg cup, place egg in the cup small end down, slice off large end of egg with a knife or Egg Scissors (also called an Egg Topper) and eat from the shell with a spoon.
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Electric Meat Tenderizers use several blades to sever Connective Tissue, Fiber and Sinew in tougher cuts of meat. Some types of connective tissue, notably Elastin, do not respond to Tenderizing by cooking or applying enzymes. The only way to tenderize them is to cut the sinews and fibers...
The Food Mixer Attachment is Used for Beating or Whipping Ingredients Together.
Useful for Slicing, Shredding, Grating a Quantity of Vegetables.
A Garlic Press is a kitchen implement that is designed for the singular purpose of Puréeing Garlic. It is what is called a “unitasking” tool, because as opposed to multi-tasking tools which can do many things, a Garlic Press is really only good for the single task of...
A Girariso is an oddly shaped, Italian Spatula with a hole in the middle. Culinary Uses It is most often used for stirring, for example in the Mantecatura step of making a Risotto. As it pushes some Rice in one direction, other Rice is forced through the hole and out the other...
Gravy Boats are elongated, boat shaped pitchers used to serve gravy; they usually are set on a plate, which is sometimes attached, and has a ladle. Varieties Also known as a sauceboat.
Gravy separators (also known as fat separators, gravy strainers or soup strainers) are kitchen devices used to remove liquid fat from a liquid to be used as Soup, Stock, Sauce, Gravy, Clarified Butter, etc. Production They are manufactured in both glass and plastic – plastic...
Most of us may have heard of Cedar Plank Salmon or similar dishes. Cedar Planks are a common type of Grilling Plank that were much in use in the 1990’s, especially for Grilling Fish like Salmon. Grilling Planks are pieces of wood that are pre-soaked in water and used to hold foods...
Many kinds of Knife Covers (also known as Edge Guards) can be purchased to protect your knives. Don’t allow fine knives to bang one another or bump into objects as the precision ground cutting edge could be damaged in the collision. Bumping is also a reason fine knives should...
Culinary Uses A Larding Needle is a tool specifically made for Larding, or to placing additional fat into leaner cuts of Meat.
There are a number of hand powered and electrically powered machines that Peel & Devein Shrimp. Which solution, if any, is right for you, depends on the volume of Shrimp you will be processing, the frequency of your processing sessions, and your costs of labor and capital. An...
Magnetic Knife Strips are a convenient way to store your knives and protect them from banging into each other in a drawer is to mount a magnetic knife holder to the wall near where you prep foods. Your stainless steel knives will adhere to the magnetic strip (ceramic knives will...
Culinary Uses Mandoline: Hand slicing tool used for both Slicing and Julienne. Nutritional Value USDA
Culinary Uses Marble Rolling Pin: Specialty rolling pin, maintains the cool temperature of the product.
A Meat Tenderizer is a metal or wooden hammer like tool used to Tenderize Meat; one striking face has a fine-toothed surface, and the other has a coarse-toothed surface; also known as a meat hammer.
Culinary Uses Melon Baller: Tool for scooping balls of fruits.
A Metal Skewer is a Skewer (essentially a stick with one pointed and one non-pointed end) made from any number of metals such as Stainless Steel or Aluminum. Metal Skewers are most often used with High Heat, for example on open Grills and in Ovens, but they can be used at lower temperatures...
Used to Knead Dough.
The Mixer Pastry Knife is used for Light Dough.
A Mushroom Brush is a brush with very soft bristles which is designed for cleaning Mushrooms and other delicate Vegetables that suffer from vigorous washing. The Mushroom Brush can be used to gently dislodge any encrusted dirt or other foreign materials without employing a strong spray of...
Napkin: A piece of cloth or absorbent paper used at the table to protect the clothes or wipe the lips or fingers.
At its most basic, an Olive Pitter is a fancy, food-grade, hole-punch. It has a base, designed to cradle the Olive, a handle and a punch which pushes down and into the Olive to engage the Olive Pit and propel it out a newly made hole in the other side of the Olive. With a quick squeeze the...
Although it is a kinder and gentler world and it is sometimes okay for a Chef to cry, most will still tease you if the tears are from cutting onions. Purchasing We like RSVP Onion Goggles because they are comfortable, and they work. The also come in similarly stylistically challenged...
An Oven Mitt (or Oven Glove) is a glove worn in the kitchen to protect the hand from heat. Traditionally these gloves are made from insulated fabric which does not work well when wet because the water allows the material to conduct dangerous levels of heat. Look for Silicone gloves...
Oven Proof Thermometers Remain in Cooking Food and can Show How the Internal Temperatures of the Dish are Fairing.
Culinary Uses The Paddle or "Flat Beater" is a paddle-shaped Mixer Attachment used to Cream or Mash. The Mixer Paddle is perfect for working with Batters, Butters or Icings. It is also good for Mashing vegetables with your Mixer. Nutritional Value USDA
Parchment Paper: A moisture resistant paper used primarily for lining baking pans. Culinary Uses Parchment Paper has many uses in the kitchen, though it’s most associated with Baking and Dessert making. Nutritional Value USDA
A Pastry Brush is a small brush, designed for food applications. Varieties Pastry Brushes are available in a variety of sizes, and colors with either a round or flat head and natural, silicone or nylon bristles. Purchasing If you are considering purchasing a Pastry Brush, Sur...
A "Peeler;" also known as "Potato Peeler" and/or "Apple Peeler," is a metal blade attached to a handle (wooden, metal or plastic) that is used to scrape off the outer skin or peel of fruits and vegetables. Some Peelers also have an "Eye-Gouger," a metal...
Culinary Uses Pepper Mills are used as a grinder to crush Peppercorns; many can be adjusted to produce fine to course granules.
A Pizza Cutter comes in two blade types: rotating wheel and mezzaluna (half moon). Culinary Uses Used for cutting Pizza.
Roasting Bags, also called Oven Cooking Bags, are transparent, heat treated / heat tempered, plastic bags that are made to cover foods (usually Meats but sometimes Vegetables) during Roasting. Varieties There are different types of Roasting Bags for use in ovens, slow cookers,...
A Rack Used to Elevate Product in a Roasting Pan.
Culinary Uses Sanitation Gloves: Normally non-latex gloves used when handling raw foods or preparing food.
Hand peeling Shrimp can be a laborious task. In fact, Peeling & Deveining Shrimp is the number one reason most home cooks don’t make more meals out of fresh, whole Shrimp. Since they are small, almost by definition, a hungry family of four would require quite a few Shrimps to...
Culinary Uses A Sieve is a very fine strainer, used to strain liquids.
Culinary Uses Sieve (Tamis): A flat, circular mesh strainer used to sift products like flour and puree cooked products.
A Sizzler Platter, also known as a Sizzle Plate or Sizzle Platter, is a heavy duty serving dish made from cast iron that is heated and then used to bring cooked food tableside with Flair, the fourth of Smart Kitchen’s Four Levers of Cooking ™. The retained heat of the Sizzling...
Purchasing When purchasing a Squeeze Bottle it should have a cap so that you can seal them in order to shake the contents, or alternatively, they may have a removable cap with alternative solid lids for easy fridge storage. When looking for condiment squeeze bottles, you’ll want to ensure...
Steamer baskets usually have little feet on the bottom to keep the ingredients out of the boiling water which creates the steam. This means that the Steam is doing the cooking work and not the boiling water. Steamer Baskets are frequently made of metal and are collapsible for easy...
Vat: A large container used for storing or holding liquids. 2. A large metal, wooden or cement container used for fermenting, blending or storing wine.
The history of the waffle maker began in the 1300's, in the low countries. Today, the waffle maker is seldom used over a fire, and in most cases, it is a self-contained electrical appliance. There are still some cast iron waffle makers in the old style which sit on a stove and must be...
Wax Paper, as the name says, is a thin paper that has been coated with wax to make it moisture resistant for use in the kitchen. The wax also makes the paper nonstick and a good disposable work surface for work like rolling out a pie crust. Culinary Uses Most of us think of Wax Paper...
A Wooden Skewer is a Skewer (essentially a stick with a pointed and a non-pointed end) made from various sorts of wood such as Bamboo, Mesquite, etc. Wooden Skewers are beneficial because they are inexpensive and disposable (no cleaning after use). The major shortcomings of Wooden...
Shape/Size: Around 4 inches long. Culinary Uses So called because it is used to remove the Zest from citrus fruits, primarily oranges, limes, and lemons. Mostly used in the pastry shop, but also in cold and hot food preparation. Nutritional Value USDA