Friday, March 27, 2009

I love kitchen tools!

This article was written for me by the folks at Cookware.com. I gave them the topic of a kitchenware wish list and this is what they came up with. I would love that bamboo cutting board and the knife set! I also could use some cake pans. Actually, who I am kidding, I could spend days ordering new toys for the kitchen...

Kitchenware Essentials Wish List

We all know that any kitchen chef, from haute cuisine auteur to floundering amateur, is in a sense only as good as their instruments. Having the right kitchen tools and/or serving pieces can make food prep a lot easier and the resulting creations more inspired, or at the very least edible. However, many of us out there don’t have the money to afford a high-end santoku knife or fine china dinnerware. So we’re going to take a look at a few items out there that will help make preparation easier without making things too hard on your wallet.

Grillpro Bamboo Cutting Board

When it comes to cutting boards, durability and convenience are the key factors. This board is made of solid bamboo and it’s 18” x 12” size makes it big enough to serve most chopping and cutting needs without being unwieldy, and it also features a pour spout to catch any excess juices. It’s eminently affordable at $29 and is eco-friendly as well!

JA Henckels International Everedge Plus Knife Set

Finding a functional cutting board at a reasonable price isn’t hard to do, but it’s much harder to pick out a knife set that covers all of your slicing and dicing needs without spending over a hundred dollars. But we have found a winner in JA Henckels’ Everedge Plus set. This 13 piece block set includes almost any knife you would need, including a utility knife, tomato knife, bread knife, boning knife, and a half-dozen steak knifes. They even throw in a bonus fork-tipped cheese knife to boot! All of these knives are made from micro-serrated stainless steel, making them durable as well as functional. Coming in at $44.99, it’s one the best bargains you can find when it comes to block knife sets.

Calphalon Classic 5 Piece Nonstick Bakeware Set

This set combines versatility and convenience while costing less than forty dollars. The items contained (one muffin pan, one cookie pan, one loaf pan, and two cake pans) should satisfy most of your baking needs. And it is constructed out of high quality stainless steel, making it nonstick, oven safe, and extremely durable. And it is even dishwasher safe! All of these factors make this set the best value you can get out of your bakeware, even if it isn’t the cheapest set out there.

These are just a few of the many kitchen products out there that are affordable and highly useful at the same time. Creating your own kitchen wish list without breaking the bank isn’t hard to do; just make sure to look hard when shopping. And above all make sure that whatever you are purchasing will last; it’s always worth spending a few more dollars to get a lifetime’s worth of usage.

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