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Chef Ed Cotton of Fishtail Tells Us What Kitchen Gadgets You Should Invest In

Chef Ed Cotton of Fishtail Tells Us What Kitchen Gadgets You Should Invest In

Chef David Burke asks the executive chef of Fishtail, Ed Cotton, what he thinks is worth the money for the kitchen

Invest in a gnocchi board if you want the best gnocchi, says chef Ed Cotton.

With gift-giving season upon us, you’re going to be bombarded with advertisements and promotions for the latest technology in cooking equipment. Whether it’s a new immersion blender or something you’ve never heard of before, every company is going to convince you that their product is worth every single penny. To help you narrow down your choices this holiday season, I’ve asked my executive chef at my restaurant Fishtail in New York City to give us his favorite kitchen gadgets that are worth investing in.

Gnocchi Board: I love my wooden gnocchi board and it’s been with me for a long time. While a lot of people think they’re unnecessary, I feel it’s important to have the grooves on a fluffy potato gnocchi, because without the grooves your sauce won’t have anything to cling on to."

Electric Knife: Another favorite of mine is the electric knife (I have a Black & Decker). I know it doesn’t seem very professional, but this is a great gadget that every chef should have. It gives you clean cuts that are precise and even. People are always looking at me funny when I bust out an electric knife and start using it but I don’t care. For me it’s fun.

Cake Tester: Another great thing to use is a cake tester, which is a thin steel probe that bakers use to test the doneness of a cake. If it comes out clean, the cake is done. This is a tool I use every day in my cooking; if I don’t have a cake tester on me at all times I feel like I’m missing my wallet or phone. I don’t just use it for cake — I use it for fish, meat, and whatever else needs to be probed and checked to see if it’s hot in the center.

Roasting Fork: I love using a roasting fork when I’m cooking fresh fettuccine or spaghetti. After you have the pasta totally coated in the sauce it’s so easy to twirl the fresh pasta around the roasting fork and create some volume and height to a plate.

Moulinex Cheese Grater: I use this grater on all of my salads. My favorite way to use it is to cube up blue cheese and freeze it and then put it into the cheese grater and create a fine shower of blue cheese all over the plate. As soon as it hits the lettuce it’s instantly soft and ready for eating. It brings a great visual effect to the plate and is much more innovative than the crumbled blue cheese you usually find.

David Burke is a world-renowned chef and restaurateur. To learn more about him, his website and his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @ChefDavidBurke


43 Cool Kitchen Gadgets Any Foodie Would Love

Whether you're picking out a tool for yourself, or a gift for a friend, we've got you covered.

Sometimes it can be hard to shop for foodies who already stock their kitchen with the latest and greatest in appliances, tools, and utensils. But with this list of cool kitchen gadgets, you will be equipped to serve up some great gift for foodies, whether it's their birthday, anniversary, or holiday.

If your loved one is a bonafide kitchen pro, or if they&rsquore working on developing their skills at the stove, getting the best cooking tools for the (budding) chef in your life means that they can sauté, stir, chop, and bake with ease, while having so much fun in the kitchen. These tools will make cooking (and cleaning up!) easy, safe, and fun, and whether they're making weeknight dinners for the whole family, or perfecting the next big holiday meal.

Is it a lemon squeezer? Is it a cheese grater? Is it a measuring cup? Yes, yes, and yes. This nifty gift is eight tools in one.

We didn't think we needed a straw for our hot coffee before &ndash mostly because we thought we'd burn ourselves. These HotSips have narrow openings to prevent large sips and help keep your lipstick in place.

Breakfast sandwiches are the underappreciated best grab-and-go breakfast option. Serve up the classic BEC for breakfast &mdash without having to dirty up a bunch of dishes or put real pants on to make a trip to the deli.

Eight practical tools packed into 4 cooking utensils, from a large spoon with flexible edges to a multipurpose masher.

The possibilities are endless with this countertop infuser that we tested for its culinary uses with oil, butter, or ghee. Experiment with all different types of herbs, citrus, and vegetables to add an extra layer of flavor to your cooking. The unit is Wi-Fi compatible, which means you can monitor the process from your phone once you have it all set up. Plus, the app offers many recipe ideas and guidelines on how long to infuse for, a great jumping off point for making your own personalized creations.

Cute and functional. This little bud can be stored next to your kitchen faucet and takes up minimal space &ndash always at the ready scrub potatoes and other root vegetables, like beets and carrots that don't need to be peeled.

Remove food splatters with steam &mdash not by working up a sweat. Fill this angry lady with water and white vinegar, pop it in the micro for seven minutes, and watch her go.

A spoonful of sugar is fine and all, but this clutch tool lets you sprinkle cookies and cakes with confectioners sugar or cocoa as if you were a fairy. Plus it takes up way less space than a traditional sifter.

Easily shred cold butter for easy toast application with this nifty spreader.


MEET THE TEAM

Anna Moyer

Accessible Chef, formerly named Your Special Chef, was created in 2010 as Anna Moyer's Girl Scout Gold Award Project. She enjoys helping people with disabilities achieve more independence in the kitchen, and has experience teaching basic cooking skills to her brother Sam, who has Down syndrome. Anna received a Master's degree in biology and is currently pursuing a PhD in human genetics.


Essential Tools Need vs Want. Long Read.

Over the years I have seen it asked over and over again about what are the necessary tools for smoking and grilling. I have thought a lot about this and I think there really are 2 list that need to be made. First will be the Needs. These are the bare minimal things that you need to get this adventure started. The only thing missing from the list is the Food but I think it’s given that you need that in order to smoking and grilling.

· Smoker or grill
· Tongs
· Thermometer
· Rub
· Fuel
· Chimney(If charcoal and no propane torch)
· Good Knive(s)
· Basting Brush
· Grate brush
· Foil
· Cleaning/Sanitizing product
· Cutting board(s)
· Spatula

Now I will give examples of the items above.

For smoker or grills if you going the direction of Charcoal I would recommend something such as the Weber Smokey Mountain aka WSM

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This unit gives you the ability to use as a charcoal grill or a smoker. You can also use wood chunks in it as well.

If you’re looking at an electric smoker than the ever popular Masterbuilt Electric Smoker aka MES would be the popular choice

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Now if you’re looking to join the pellet smoker movement then you have LOTS of options. I know smoke folks have gone with the Pitboss that is found at Walmart. You can go with ZGrills which I have heard good things about

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Or you can go high end and get one of the best Pellet Smokers around $1200 and get the RecTec Bull RT-700

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As you can see there are lots of options for Pellet Smokers.

Now if you’re interested in Propane smokers there are some great options out there like the Great Outdoors Smokey Mountain aka GOSM

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Now if you are a traditionalist and want true wood burning experience you can go with an offset smoker or barrel smoker like the UDS. Now when getting an offset smoker you want to get something with a heavy gauge metal so that they hold up long term.

1 popular option is the Oklahoma Joe Longhorn

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If you are wanting to go a bit heavier and something that will last you a lifetime look into the Langs, Klose, Meadow Creeks, or many of the other big pit builders

Now for the barrel cookers you can build a UDS with the many instruction threads on www.smokingmeatforums.com

There are a few commercially available ones as well such as Pit Barrel Cooker

https://pitbarrelcooker.com

Now with any of the smokers above you will need to make sure you have enough fuel weather its propane, pellets, wood, or charcoal. If you’re using charcoal make sure to have a good charcoal chimney to use unless you have a propane torch to light it.

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Next up tongs. I know you are thinking well duh this is easy but if you’re new to the smoking/grilling world you will find out that having a good set of tongs is a must. So here are some that I have used that hold up well. This is a 2 pack with a 9” and 12” in it

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There are also long reach ones such as

https://amzn.to/30oN1uQ Please note that I have not used this one personally. But the reviews look great.

Now let’s talk Thermometers. A lot of people think we mean expensive wireless units and such. But we are talking about something as simple as the dial thermometer in the smoker its self and a simple wired meat thermometer. You have to understand that the most important thing to a successful cook is knowing what the pit temperature is of your unit. If you think you are cooking at 225° and are at 150° this can meat danger and food borne illnesses. If you think you’re at 225° and you’re cooking at 350° then you can ruin the food in the smoker and no one wants that business. So here is a good dial thermometer to replace the stock one that comes in a lot of smokers.

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There there is a simple oven thermometer that would work great.

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Here is a good basic meat thermometer

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Next up is a good meat rub. There are many recipes on www.smokingmeatforums.com or you can purchase some such as the following

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Most everyone has knives in their home. Make sure they are sharp because it will make the prep work so much easier. If you do not have a good set check out these.

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Now that being said I typically use the following for almost everything.

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I use this to keep a great edge on the knives.

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Next you will need a good basting brush

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Now you need something to keep the grates clean and I know this is a sensitive topic for some because of the bristles of the metal brushes. That being said you can use something as simple as foil and ball it up and use it to scrape the grates. Or you can go more traditional with something like

https://amzn.to/2ZSScHn just make sure it has a scraping edge on it also as it will be well used.

You will need to have some good quality foil. Make sure you get the heavy duty stuff. Also I recommend the 18” wide stuff. You can get the big rolls at your local Sams or Costco. You can also find it on Amazon here

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Now you are probably thinking well I know I need cleaning supplies for the counters and such. That’s a given but I have been using the following product that works extremely well but isn’t bleach based.

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Now for cutting boards you all have them in your kitchen but trust me on this you will want to get more of them. They come in real handy. Now I recommend the Plastic NSF boards personally. You can get wood and such but that is a personal preference.

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Now a tip for you. Put a damp paper towel under the cutting board and it will help it to not slide around. You can also use shelf liners

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Last but not least on the need side is a good spatula. Now a good spatula is like buying a pair of shoes. You can get bigger or smaller. Some with fork like tips and a knife on the side. I prefer a simple sturdy one like this

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I know that took forever to get thru and it is only the “Need List” If your still reading then thank you.

Now for the want list. This will take must longer to get thru and I apologize for that but I want to be very clear with why these are on my list.

· Meat Flipper aka pigtail flipper

Pigtail flipper. Haven’t heard of these? Well let’s talk about them. For years all I used was tongs then one day a friend made me one of these flippers. I couldn’t believe how much I like it. I use it for almost everything now other than big stuff like pork butts. If you haven’t used one give them a look.

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In my opinion of the most valuable things you can Vacuum Sealer. Now there are many models ranging from under $100 to over $1000. It really depends on how much you will use it. If you’re serious about this then getting the more expensive chamber vac will be worth it as the bags are a lot cheaper and the machines can handle higher workloads. So for this reason ill list 3 suggestions.

First will be inexpensive.

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Second is what I have and have put a lot of bags thru it. I like the seal bar on it. It’s a good ¼” seal. And yes this is a huge jump in price but I have put thousands of bags thru this unit and it works awesome. It has seal kits available as they do wear out. The vacuum that this unit pulls is very impressive. Now there are several units that will work well that are cheaper than this one but this one also allows you to use 15” wide bags which is a big advantage for larger cuts of meats.

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Lastly is the top end chamber vacuum sealers. The one I am linking is on the lower side of the prices but will do you well.

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Of course you will need vacuum bags with all of these units. I would recommend checking out Lisa at https://vacuumsealersunlimited.com/. They have great products and customer support. You can also find vacuum sealers there too. They also carry both types of bags (textured for foodsaver kind of machines and smooth for chamber vacs)

Now let’s move on to gloves. I have both disposable and reusable gloves. I recommend for reusable a good set of welding gloves. I would also recommend spraying them with a sealant to help keep the grease off of them. I use there for moving racks only and not food handling.

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Now if you want reusable for food handling then I would go with something like the following. These have a cotton lined inside so it’s easier to get on and off. I have used some that didn’t have it and it was hard to get your hands out of them when you were done.

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For disposable with is the majority of what I use I go with a good thick nitrile glove. I choose nitrile so that I do not have to worry about the latex allergies. I usually get them at Costco but the ones they have there are great but they aren’t very thick. Gloveworks has some good ones that are thick. I like atleast a 4 mil. But they have an 8 mil that is awesome but more expensive. So for that I go with these first

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To go along with gloves a great big bottle of hand sanitizer is worth having around. Safety is #1 priority. If you're sick you can’t enjoy this great food you’re putting out.

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Next let’s talk spray bottles for spritzing. When I first started out I used the following.

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But over time I would lose pieces or they wouldn’t work anymore. I have invest a lot of $$ into these over the years until I finally got once that last and works good for doing bigger or smaller volumes. This is a pump one that you pressurize and push a button to mist. The metal nozzle is adjustable and cleans really nicely

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Lights. What more is there to say other than they brighten our lives up? Some of us have good patio lights some of us don’t. Well recently I found these guys and they work great for areas that aren’t as bright as you want. I also put some inside my cargo trailer. They run on AAA batteries so you can get a rechargeable set of those and be golden.

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Yes you can get some good LED Solar units that will get the job done. I just like these because they can move very easy and be used for a lot of things like under counter lighting or like I did I mounted one to the support post of our deck to get light to where the deck blocked.

Let’s talk thermometers. I know I know we talked about that or did we? Under the need section were basic style units. Now I want to talk about Meat thermometers with bells and whistles and instant read units. There is a lot of debate in this area as to what is the best. In the end the best thing for me may and probably will be different for you so I would recommend making a list of the things you want and need from a thermometer and go from there. This being said let’s talk instant read. There are several on the market starting at as low at $10 going all the way up to over $100. Most people think there can’t be a lot of difference in the 2 ends of these prices but there really is. So for this conversation I will link to 3 different ones.

First let’s start with the InkBird starting at $11.99. This unit isn’t bad. It’s been out for a little while now and has positive reviews.

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Second we will go the ThermoPro TP19. They market this stating it is competing with the higher end of the instant read group. You can read my review here https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/thermopro-tp19-review.290242/

Third and on the top of the list and what I default to for several reasons is the Thermoworks Thermapen MK4

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or the Classic version
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As for multiple probe meat thermometers there again are several with lots of great features ranging from $20 - $249. Yes that is a big swing in prices but on the top end you have a unit that monitors 6 channels. Is Wifi or Bluetooth. Can also control a fan for pit temp control. Where the bottom end can do 1 or 2 meats with no wifi or Bluetooth connections. Again we will list 3 options.

First let’s start with a unit that is Bluetooth and can monitor 4 channels at once. InkBird IBT-4xs. See my review of this unit here https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t. bluetooth-wireless-thermometer-review.281433/

Second I would say go with the ThermoWorks Smoke. This unit is built like a tank and works awesome. It doesn’t have Bluetooth or Wifi to the phone. It has a sending and receiving unit that work well.

http://www.thermoworks.com/Smoke?tw=GRILLING411

Third and last would be my go to of the Fireboard. This is the best unit I have used or tested hands down. Yes its pricey but with being able to do 6 channels from a pit fan controller, quality of the probes, and quality of the unit it’s hard to beat. The model we are linking too is the model that only comes with 2 probes. They have one where you can get 6 also. They also offer all different kinds of probes from the normal every day to threaded ones that can screw strait into the smoker.

https://www.fireboard.com/shop/fireboard-fbx11-thermometer/?fba_ref=12

While we are talking thermometers don’t forget a set of probe organizers. They are well worth having.

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Next let’s look at BBQ Grill Baskets. Lots of folks like these for veggies and seafood.

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Do you have too many pans and don’t want another pan or basket you can go with these Teflon non-stick mats that work great also.

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Now some people think of something else when you say grill mat. They think of the think that goes on the deck and your grill sits on. These are great to have as well. Look for something like these.

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A sauce pot and mop or fun to have as well. I like using them when doing a big cook where I have lots of meat to sauce or mop. I like a good cast iron pot and a mop with a cotton head

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Now let’s talk Skewers. You can get the inexpensive wood ones and they will work just fine. But I like to use the metal ones. But not the round ones as the food can spin. I like the flat ones and have found these.

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Now depending on your BBQ area this next one may not be needed. But if you don’t have shade a Popup canopy is very valuable and they aren’t horribly expensive. I am linking to a EZ UP unit because it is really well made. You can also get these cheaper at Harbor Freight and other big box stores.

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Next up Coolers. Don’t need to say a lot here but you will want to have a cooler on hand for bbq gatherings for cold beverages and also for resting meat into when you’re done. You can go from way cheap to way expensive. I have a few of these and they work great.

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2nd Fridge/Freezer. As you progress and do more and more this is a great thing to have in your garage. Check out craigslist or other sites like that for good deals on used units.

Next up the flaming to start your fuel. Yes we are talking torches or weed burners. For my big off set and when doing charcoal in my weber I like to use this

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Do you want to cold smoke things like cheese and bacon? Well then you need to have an A-Maze-N Smoker. Todd Johnson the inventor of this product has made a simple unit that works so well. I recommend the tube smoker but they have a tray as well if you feel that is better for your needs.

Disposable Catering trays are a must in my opinion. You can get these cheapest at your local Sams or Costco. I can get you a link on Amazon but it’s more expensive.

Next up a Folding/Prep Table to be used by your smoker. I use to do everything inside then move outside. It’s so much easier to setup the popup and put a table under it. Do the prep right next to the smoker and strait into it. Then you have the table for wrapping of ribs or whatever you need. Make sure when picking a table to get the widest legs you can for stability

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Lastly if you don’t like using all that foil when wrapping a lot of folks like Butcher Paper. It’s nice to use because when you don’t it can be used to start the next fire in your offset smoker.

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The list could go on and on. If there is anything that you feel I should add to this list let me know and we can get it on here.


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Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Affordable Kitchen Tools

Professional chefs get to work with some of the best equipment on the market — it is their job — but for the average home cook, shelling out hundreds of dollars for knives, pans and other cooking essentials just isn’t realistic. Thankfully, there are quality tools out there that get the job done without breaking the bank, and several of them are chef staples both at home and in restaurant kitchens.

We asked chefs across the country to share with us their favorite under-$50 kitchen tools. Here’s what they had to say.

Kitchen scissors

David Elkins, executive chef at Murray’s Cheese in New York , uses his fine dining experience to elevate the culinary programs of the cheese and specialty foods retailer. His favorite affordable kitchen tool, a good pair of kitchen scissors, is an essential for both professional and home cooks.

“I love this pair in particular because they are strong enough to cut through bones or shells when cleaning poultry, fish or shellfish, and small and sharp enough to be used in more delicate tasks like cutting herbs, parchment paper, cheese cloth or just about anything else,” Elkins told HuffPost.

Metal mixing bowls

John Lechleidner, chef de cuisine of WP24 by Wolfgang Puck at The Ritz-Carlton in downtown Los Angeles, has spent nearly 20 years refining his craft with the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. He told HuffPost that one of the best cooking implements you can have is a set of metal mixing bowls , as they are “probably the most used, abused, versatile and underrated tool in the kitchen.”

“You want [mixing bowls] that are wide and shallow, as they work better for whisking and folding, as well as using on double boilers to melt chocolate, make pastry creams, etc.,” Lechleidner said. “Stay away from the ones that have silicone bottoms, as they are usually too deep and flat on the bottom and you need to be cautious about putting [them] over heat.”

Mortar and pestle

James Syhabout, executive chef and owner of three Bay Area restaurants including the two-Michelin-starred Commis , also wrote a book that pays homage to his Isan Thai and Lao heritage. His budget-friendly kitchen tool of choice takes fresh herbs and spices to the next level.

“Aromatize your kitchen by pounding fresh herbs and toasted spices with this mortar and pestle , which is significantly superior to a coffee grinder or food processor,” Syhabout told HuffPost. “A humble kitchen tool, the mortar and pestle shouldn’t be underestimated. Unlike a blender, which merely chops, [a mortar and pestle] grinds, crushes, pulverizes, breaks down fibers [and] bruises to release and extract essential oils and juices. It is also a great workout for your arms to boot.”

Bench scraper

Erin Wade, chef and owner of Homeroom , a mac and cheese restaurant in Oakland, is also a cookbook author and founder of Not On The Menu , a sexual harassment prevention project. Her affordable kitchen staple helps keep food off the kitchen floor when cooking.

“I had used a bench scraper for many years for pastry, but a few years ago I started using it to move chopped items from one place to another,” Wade told HuffPost. “I know it sounds a little extreme, but this changed my life. Or at least, it changed the debris level on my kitchen floor. It has a wide metal face that collects food effortlessly, leaves the cutting board clean, and is not prone to spilling. Also, it costs like ten bucks. Basically, it’s the best.”

Chef’s knife

Gil Payumo is the co-founder and culinary director of Señor Sisig , a fleet of Filipino fusion food trucks in San Francisco that is adding a brick-and-mortar store to its lineup this fall. His affordable kitchen tool of choice proves you don’t need to pay a lot of money for a quality knife.

“ This [Kiwi] knife is what I’ve always had in the knife drawer in my kitchen growing up,” Payumo told HuffPost. “The blade is super sharp and can cut a fully ripe tomato better than any other knife in my bag. Before culinary school, I thought it was crazy [that] anyone would have to spend at least $100 to get a decent knife. Don’t get me wrong, I have a couple pricier knives in my knife bag right now, but I still have this knife ready for any challenge it has to endure. This is the tool I used almost 20 years ago when I started cooking, and it’s still going strong slicing and dicing the competition.”

Stainless steel tongs

Lachlan Sands, campus president at the Institute of Culinary Education in Los Angeles, has been in culinary education for nearly two decades. When it comes to affordable kitchen recommendations, Sands is all in on the 12-inch heavy-duty tongs by Edlund .

“These aren’t the flimsy, thin, flat-ended knock-offs you might be used to,” Sands told HuffPost. “They are a precision instrument capable of extreme delicacy and mass clutching. They grip, stir, scrape, flip, poke and place. Strong and durable, mine have lasted 20 years and counting. They are an indispensable extension to my hand while cooking.”

Silicone spatula

Henry Wesley is the executive chef of 8UP , a hip rooftop restaurant in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. His must-have kitchen tool is a high heat silicone spatula .

“It can be used for anything from flipping omelets to scraping cake batter bowls,” Wesley told HuffPost. “They are absolutely essential in the restaurant for saving money on food waste and essential at home as well. Plus, they won’t scratch up your pans like a metal instrument and you can put them in the dishwasher, unlike wooden spatulas.”

Mandoline

Susan Feniger, co-chef and owner of the Border Grill restaurants in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, is opening a new restaurant in Santa Monica called Socalo this fall with longtime business partner Mary Sue Milliken. Her most-loved kitchen tools when cooking at home are a vegetable peeler, ginger grater and mandoline.

“I love the mandoline because I’m so used to having grown up in a French kitchen and an inexpensive mandoline, like the Benriner, is perfect for shaving vegetables fresh out of my garden,” Feniger told HuffPost. “My favorite thing is to do a shaved vegetable quick pickle to serve alongside curry.”

Knife sharpening stone

Fortunato Nicotra, executive chef of Felidia (Lidia Bastianich’s enduring New York City eatery), considers a sharp knife to be one of the most important tools in the kitchen. “A sharp blade makes a big difference when you slice meat or fish,” Nicotra told HuffPost. “It makes cutting precise and doesn’t squeeze the juice out of whatever you’re slicing.”

To keep his knives sharp, he uses a DMT 6-inch diamond whetstone . “Diamond stones cut very fast the unique pattern in the surface traps the particles while I’m sharpening my knife, getting the shaved metal out of the way and speeding up the sharpening time.”

Cake tester

Nick Wong, a Momofuku Ssam Bar alum, moved to Houston to help open UB Preserv , where he now works as the chef de cuisine. And his favorite cheap kitchen tools — Ateco cake testers — can fill many needs beyond their original purposes.

“In our kitchen we use cake testers for testing doneness of foods without compromising the structural integrity of whatever we’re checking, from steak to potatoes,” Wong said. “We also use them to prick sausage casings when making sausages.”

Wong added that the number of times he’s had to repurchase these cake testers speaks to their usefulness in the kitchen. “The true test of an industry standard tool is how many times you’ve had to replace it,” he said. “When other cooks ‘accidentally’ take your cake tester or borrow one and forget to give it back, you don’t just go without. You buy some new ones or you get yours back from someone else. [But] if you’re in a real situation, a straightened paper clip also works in its place – or so I’ve heard.”

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Roast Boneless Leg of Lamb

Ingredients

  • 1 leg lamb boneless, about 4 to 5 lbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

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The Importance of Technology for Modern Business Survival

Beginning a new profession asks a great deal of hard work and plenty of patience. When you decide to go for a career in IT, then you know that you’re guided down a career path that will direct you to infinite chances. This is due to the significant role IT plays in business success.

What’s IT significant for today’s companies? From the fast-paced surroundings of industry operations now, technology manufacturing procedures faster, more powerful, and simpler to record for future inspection. Read below to find out why technology is vital for companies to not just survive but to flourish.

The Use of Technology in Business
In the previous two decades, technology has really significantly altered the way we interact, how we store, how we perform research, along with also how companies function. Nowadays, technology is essential to the achievement of most companies. From advertising to safety, many business operations begin in the electronic world.

Since the function of IT is indeed notable in companies of all sizes, coaching for a profession within the specialty implies training for a number of chances. These are only a few of the ways the technology sector has really changed the face of modern companies:

Communication

Technology simplifies communicating, whether you’re keeping connected with an older buddy or catching up on the information. For companies, it’s crucial for successful external and internal communications.

Internal communicating means communicating ran inside a company or unique pieces of a small organization enterprise. For IT professionals, this means keeping up with all the technologies utilized for internal, email newsletters, or even company-wide digital job platforms.

Topical communication comprises an organization’s communication with clients, prospective clients, investors, and the public. For IT professionals, this means keeping up with email, sociable networking, online newsletters, and other programs.

Marketing and Business Growth

In accord with the outside communication mentioned previously, a lot of an organization’s advertising is done digitally. Digital marketing necessitates technology support groups to use and troubleshoot various sorts of applications.

A competent IT staff is essential to the achievement of any electronic advertising and advertising and advertising program. Digital marketing theories like search engine optimization (search engine optimization), blogging, site development, and societal websites targeting all need specialists with the knowledge to supply consults if something goes awry.

Tracking opportunities and success can be simplified by utilizing applications designed to keep marketing metrics with time. This enables businesses to organize, adapt, and develop.

Conclusion Making

Technology streamlines the decision-making procedure in an enterprise. There are several approaches to keep an eye on financial assets, market circumstances, and client satisfaction. Having a great IT program, you can observe this information readily. This also makes it a lot simpler for businesses to learn what measures they ought to take to produce improvements and achieve targets.

Digital data collection eradicates a number of those fact-checking companies have to do in order to combat common human mistakes, again permitting decision-makers to act smoothly and quickly. As time passes, this can assist the company progress monumentally.


The 17 Best Vegetarian Cookbooks To Add To Your Collection

Veggie enthusiasts and staunch carnivores alike will love these.

Veggies get a bad rap&mdashand these veggie-lovers are out to change that. Every one of these cookbooks features inventive, plant-based recipes that'll make you rethink the way you eat.

If you think eating plant-based sounds less-than, think again. It's clear from this cover&mdashwhich features a beet juice-splattered apron and a meat cleaver&mdashthat the brothers who penned this cookbook are out to prove otherwise. They scored Woody Harrelson to introduce the book, which has veggie-forward twists on comfort food, like cauliflower ribs and mushroom steaks.

If you think vegans can't enjoy southern food like crispy fried "chicken," smoky gumbo, and spicy hush puppies, you're wrong! Author Jenné Claiborne took the meals of her childhood growing up in Atlanta and has given them a vegan twist in this cookbook.

Angela Liddon, the brains behind the Oh She Glows blog, came out with her first cookbook in 2014. Nearly five years later, it's still a major hit. The recipes are vegan, and many are allergy-friendly. You can also take the word of the more than 1,500 Amazon reviewers who've given the book five stars.

Mark Bittman&mdasha former NYT food columnist&mdashhas written six versions of his How To Cook Everything cookbook. They're all great, but this circa-2007 vegetarian one is crediting with making plant-based eating accessible to the masses. The updated 2017 version (seen here) has new charts, larger pictures, and a new section on smoothies.

You could eat every meal for days with the delicious recipes in this cookbook. The food takes its inspiration from the far of places like Barbados, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad, so you can find Caribbean sushi, cassava pancakes, cocktails, teas, and more. Barbadian chef Taymer Mason has outfitted this book with more than 200 recipes so you'll never have a boring meal again.

Every recipe the Minimalist Baker, aka Dana Shultz, makes must fit three requirements: It must require 10 ingredients or less, use just one bowl or pot, and take less than 30 minutes to prepare. What we're getting at is, this is a great, easy cookbook for newbie vegetarians.

The Nobu restaurant empire is famous for doling out creative, elegant, expertly-crafted dishes&mdashand that's exactly the sort of food you'll find in chef Nobu Matsuhisa's first vegetarian cookbook. You'll find vegetables (especially Japanese ones) prepared every which way&mdashpickled, steamed, roasted, boiled, fried. There are recipes for savory dishes, of course, but also for veggie desserts and cocktails.

After attending culinary school, Laura Wright worked in strictly vegan restaurants. In 2017, she finally dropped her first cookbook to the delight of her blog followers. The vegetarian recipes for every meal of the day take into consideration the different vegetables that come into season throughout the year.

These are the eggplants seen 'round the world. When chef Yotam Ottolenghi came out with Plenty in 2011, you couldn't escape the cover&mdashit was everywhere. And for good reason: Each of the 120-plus recipes is better than the next, and they're all organized by ingredient.


Watch the video: Chef Ed Cotton brings his fine cooking skills to The Dish (November 2021).