THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS…….
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Kitchen shears are an absolute must in my kitchen. I use them for cutting meat primarily. But they are also great for cutting just about anything and everything! Tortillas for the kiddos is another popular use. I love this pair from J.A. Henckel. Did I mention you can take them apart for easy cleaning? And also for sharpening? These are my go-to pair because they are always ready to go and get the job done well.
Sometimes when you look at the aerosol oil spray cans, do you pause and wonder what exactly you are spraying onto your food? I found this Misto Oil Spritzer and never looked back. It’s really affordable, and you hand pump in to produce the spritzing pressure. They recommend to use olive oil and to only fill it about 1/3 of the way full to keep it working well and prevent gumming up the parts.
I love having a good small grater/zester for lemons, limes, hard cheeses, and other things of that sort. Microplane wins! Their graters and zesters are the sharpest around. And they last! I’ve had mine for probably over 10 years and it shows no signs of wear. And believe me, I use it on a daily basis! There are so many different sizes. I recommend the medium and small (I don’t actually have the long zesters as the others do the trick for me for just about everything). Oh, and I also have the nutmeg attachment, because seriously, who doesn’t love fresh ground nutmeg?!
This awesome tool doubles over as a scraper and a cutting tool. I love to use it for cutting pieces of dough when making rolls. It’s super handy for scraping up very delicate crusts after you roll them out. I also love to use it for cutting bar cookies. And it also makes a nice straight line.This one from OXO is solid, and for the work you’re doing, I wouldn’t recommend a flimsy one.
A pastry cutter is SO fabulous when you don’t want to get your hands dirty. I love using it for shortbread crusts, pie crusts, anything crusty! It’s great because not only do you keep your paws clean, but it does a great job at mixing without overworking the crust which is a must for a good delicate and flaky finish! I also recommend getting a solid cutter, because if not, the blades can bend if you are working with really cold butter. This one from Orblue is a good choice.