A Cook’s Tool Box

For the month of February, we are sharing content with you all about essentials. And what’s more essential than having the right tools ready when you need them?

Much like a well stocked pantry provides the basic building blocks for a great meal, a properly equipped kitchen makes the cooking of a great meal a breeze. Having the right tools for the job is essential to success in the kitchen, and we’ve made a quick list here of the basics that all home cooks need.

There are three basic pots that all kitchens need to be able to do most, if not all, types of cooking. two-quart saucepan, a 10-inch sauté pan, and an eight-quart stockpot. Now, as I’m sure you know, the prices and quality of pots and pans are all over the map these days, and it can be overwhelming searching through online reviews and recommendations. It is important to do your research before investing in new cookware, and although there is a lot of schools of thought on what you should buy (copper pots, stainless steel, nonstick, cast iron) much of it will come down to your preference of materials. But we’ve got a little advice for you to help you narrow down your search.

When you are doing your shopping, keep in mind that no matter what type of pot or pan you choose, it should be sturdy. The thickness of a pan or pot will determine it’s durability. The thicker the pan or pot means that it will not dent, warp, or have hot spots, which can cause food to cook unevenly. Thinner materials won’t hold heat evenly throughout. A deep pot should hold heat all the way up the sides, and a thicker material will also be more durable and withstand frequent use and washing.

Another essential tool for your kitchen is a good knife. Knives get quite a workout on a daily basis and having quality knives will ensure they hold up to even the most frequent use. Here is a list of some of Sam’s favorites. And once you’ve got your knives and need them sharpened, check out the Gorge local company Knifeflight. They’ve made sharping knives super simple and easy, and even provide loaner knives while you’re waiting for yours to come back! Amazing!

European Style Chef’s Knife, This is the same one I own and I LOVE it!

Santoku Chef’s Knife, Same brand as the European above, but in the shorter fatter Japanese style. Mine is a different brand, but this is very similar.  I actually chose between this one and the one I ended up with; they are both awesome.

Paring Knife, Same brand as the one I own, but slightly different style.

Carving Knife, This is the same brand I have, but a smaller blade.  It will still carve anything you take out of your oven!

Japanese Chopping Knife, This is the one I have and it is SO MUCH FUN!  Seriously!

Serrated Knife, Mine is red, this one is black, but otherwise the same.  Since we don’t have bread in our house often, I don’t use serrated knives much, but I do find this little guy helpful at times.

Proper tools help you get the job done and are one more thing you can give to yourself to set yourself up for success in the kitchen. And hey, these tools will also make you feel like a rock star when you’re cooking up your Local Rhoots meals!