Video: A Wine Country Chef’s Five Recommended Kitchen Gadgets
Every chef has his toys. In this video, I recommend five of my favorite kitchen gadgets, ranging in price from $4 to $400. They’re invaluable to anyone who enjoys cooking and also make great gift ideas for home cooks and chefs alike. (See my latest round of kitchen essentials and gifts.)
Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler — I’ve used many peelers over the years, and this is the best one on the market. No need to spend a fortune. Under $4 at Amazon.com.
Microplane Grater/Zester — Originally used for carpentry work, the Microplane crossed over into the kitchen after a home cook discovered its remarkable ease with grating and zesting. We use it in our kitchen everyday. Under $9 at Amazon.com.
Kintrex Infrared Thermometer — This laser technology comes in very handy for checking temperatures when boiling water, deep frying, baking and grilling. Currently on sale for under $50 at Amazon.com.
Cadco Electric Cooktop Buffet Induction Range — With induction cooking, the cooktop does not generate heat: the friction between the iron pan and the cooktop magnet does. Cool to the touch while boiling water, it’s great for preparing sauces at precise temperatures and for operating a secondary burner while barbecuing. They’re also much safer for home cooks concerned about child safety. The Cadco model retails for around $330, but Max Burton makes a model that is currently on sale for under $70 at Amazon.com. The more expensive models tend to have better heat conductivity and consistency.
Vita-Mix Vita-Prep Professional Series Blender — Splurging on a professional-quality blender is highly recommended. You don’t need a food processor if you have one of these. It’s great for making purèes and soups. Under $500 at Amazon.com.