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Best Kitchen Equipment

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You’ve probably already figured out that I’m quite the researcher. And that doesn’t just go for cottage food laws… it goes for everything, including kitchen equipment. I spend hours reading reviews and comparing before buying anything (much to my wife’s dismay!).

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list: only items that really impress me are included here. Consider it a “best-of-the-best” list. I regularly use all of these in my own kitchen.

For instance, I really like our kitchen knives, but there are many great knife sets available, so those didn’t make the cut.

I am also not recommending the obvious. For example, our stand mixer is fantastic, but I assume you already either have one, or know you want one.

I hope you love these items as much as I do. Have fun cooking!  — David

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Baking Supplies

Silicone Spatula Set By DI ORO

Silicone Spatula Set By DI ORO

These spatulas are, quite simply, amazing.

Even if you already have too many spatulas, take a chance with these. We still have a few old spatulas in our drawer, but these are the ones I always grab.

We only got one initially, but I liked it so much that I ordered a full set later.

They strike the right balance between flexible and rigid. Being a single piece of silicone (with a steel-reinforced handle), they are easy to wash and have no crevices for food to hide.

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

Pyrex Smart Essentials 8-Piece Mixing Bowl Set

I have used so many different types of mixing bowls: plastic, metal, glass, etc. But these Pyrex bowls have a near-perfect design.

I especially like how they nest together: all of them can fit in the largest bowl for storage, including lids. The glass is thick and high-quality.

The wide-on-the-top, narrow-on-the-bottom design is also great, since they are very accessible for mixing, but still fit perfectly on a kitchen scale.

The lids also make storage easy. I will often use the bowls for mixing when cooking, and then store leftovers in them when dinner is over.

KitchenMade Stainless Steel Measuring Cups

KitchenMade Measuring Cups Stainless Steel 6 Piece Stackable Set

I have used all kinds of measuring cups: cheap plastic hand-me-downs and expensive All-Clad. There are so many choices, but ever since getting these, I am never going back to another sub-optimal set.

I love everything about these measuring cups, and I think they will last a lifetime. The stainless steel is sturdy and rust-free, they stack/nest perfectly together, and the side markings make partial measurements easy.

I thought I might not like the short handles, but I thought wrong. The design is more versatile for scooping in smaller containers, and it takes less space in the dishwasher. There is a large hole in the handle that fits over the tines in a dishwasher (something the All-Clad version is sorely lacking).

Overall, I fully recommend this measuring cup design. Please note that there are many companies that sell this design, and from what I can tell, they are all pretty much the same.

Electronics

Thermapen Mk4

Thermapen Mk4 by ThermoWorks

If you don’t have one of these, it should be at the top of your wish list. Yes it is very expensive, but it is the best. The accuracy and instant read times are impeccable.

You wouldn’t believe how many uses I’ve found for this device: cooking meat, making candy, warming baby food, or even just checking the air temperature.

My dad bought a Classic Thermapen over 15 years ago, and it’s still going strong. The Mk4 Thermapen is the upgraded model, with a few added features. My favorite one is the auto-on feature, where it will go to sleep when set on a counter, and then wake up again when picked up.

I’ve used both of them hundreds of times and highly recommend either one!

Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro Convection Toaster Oven

Breville BOV845BSS Smart Oven Pro 1800 W Convection Toaster Oven

This toaster is THE BEST. Since it can even fit a 9×13 baking dish, I hardly ever use our full oven these days.

The most important thing is the temperature accuracy and consistency. I have dealt with so many cheap toasters that have hot spots, but this mini oven yields consistent results every time.

Equally important is the durability. This is a newer model, but owners of the original report having theirs still working well after 15 years.

I especially love how fast this toaster is. It only takes 3 minutes to heat to 350 degrees, so I no longer have to start heating the oven before preparing a recipe.

This is the easiest toaster oven I have used, and it is extremely intuitive. It’s very easy to increase cooking time on the fly by turning the knob. Since it retains previous settings for each mode, I can always toast bagels on the same setting, no matter what else I use the toaster for.

It’s an expensive device, but it’s one of the most used devices in my kitchen!

Miscellaneous

Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander

Bellemain Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander

I don’t know why every colander isn’t designed like this. I have used so many colanders over the years, and all of them pale in comparison.

This colander is fantastic. It is stainless steel so it won’t rust, the holes are small like they should be, and it is shaped from one piece of metal, so food doesn’t get stuck in any crevices.

Colanders always seem to be very hard to clean, but this one cleans easily in the dishwasher. However, cleaning it by hand is fairly easy as well.

I also like that there is a very stable stand beneath the colander, which holds it above whatever surface it’s on (like a sink) so that it can properly drain.

Overall, I can’t really think of any downside to this colander!

Rösle Stainless Steel 9-inch Garlic Press

Rösle Stainless Steel 9-inch Garlic Press

This may be the most expensive garlic press around, but it’s extremely durable and a near-perfect design.

My dad bought this garlic press many years ago, and it has stood the test of time.

Uniquely, it leverages your hand pressure to make squeezing garlic significantly easier. It also has a part that flips out to make for very easy cleaning.

There are some other good garlic presses out there, but this the last garlic press you will ever need, and you will always enjoy using it!

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