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5 Kitchen Essentials We Can’t Live Without

5 Kitchen Essentials We Can’t Live Without

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5 Kitchen Essentials We Can’t Live Without

It’s true that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Here, you make Sunday morning breakfast with the family, connect with friends over a summer dinner party, maybe even attempt to join in on the celery juice craze (we’re going to stick with OJ, for now). Chef or delivery service-connoisseur, enjoying food has been our greatest form of connection for hundreds of years. If you’re looking to sharpen your cooking skills, here are five kitchen essentials we can’t live without. Happy cooking!

To avoid teary eyes when cutting onions, cut them under cold running water or briefly place them in the freezer before cutting.

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Chef’s Knife

No matter the size of your kitchen, invest in a good knife—it’s one of the most used utensils when cooking! If you have the space, look into a knife set, where you can have a variety of cuts (serrated, pared, etc.). Working in small quarters? Go for one chef’s knife, that’s multi-functional and sharp enough to do a majority of your chopping. This ain’t an online shopping task—go in and see which one feels best in your hand!

In 1810, a Frenchman called Nicholas Appert invented canned food.

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Le Creuset

Hello, birthday list! Le Creuset is a splurge, but one of the best purchases for your kitchen. The cast-iron cookware is known as a “French oven,” ideal for casserole or soup dishes, but can really be used for just about everything! Plus, they come in bright colors to bring a splash of life into your space.

Originally, the job of turning meat in front of the fire as it roasted was given to special, short-legged dogs called “turnspits” that were specifically bred to help with the cooking.

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Another French must-have, the Silpat is an expert-level non-stick baking mat that makes for easy cooking and even easier clean-up. Cookies, scones, pizza—whatever you’re baking up, it’ll reach that perfect balance of crispy, golden brown on the outside (and the bottom!), and chewy inside. Of course, if you’re working on a budget, go for generic brands, but the sentiment is the same: non-stick is a non-negotiable!

To deodorize a musty-smelling freezer, fill a clean sock with dry coffee grounds and place it inside.

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Wood Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are one of the most commonly used items in the kitchen, so look into purchasing a pair that will be long-lasting and durable. For that task, we reach for end grain cutting boards, which are made from hardwood (softwood breaks down after repeated impact from knife blades). Think walnut, hard maple, cherry or birch when shopping, and go for a couple different sizes depending upon your family’s needs.

Most people think the bathroom is the dirtiest place in the house, but the kitchen sink is even worse, with over 100,000 times more germs than a bathroom or toilet. Yuck!

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Kitchen Aid

The kitchen lifesaver of all kitchen lifesavers, Kitchen Aid mixers are a cook or baker’s best friend. If you’re baking bread, making sweet treats, or even mixing up a sauce, the Kitchen Aid mixer is a stress-free appliance that does all the heavy mixing for you. Most come with different paddle options to switch out depending on what you’re making!

Had a great night in with your gal pals, but didn’t finish all the wine? Pour any excess into an ice cube tray and freeze for use later in sauces and cooking.

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