Whether mixing, shredding, chopping, pressing, searing or caffeinating, we’ve got you covered with our first installment of great kitchen gear recommendations. They’ve become staples in our kitchens, try them in yours.
J.A. Henckels Santoku Knife
The word Santoku has Japanese historical significance meaning ‘three virtues’, and a Santoku knife wears its name quite proudly with its marvelous chopping, dicing and mincing abilities. Santoku knives are best known for their sharp edges, either beveled or hollow ground, which enhances their cutting performance. Another feature is the ‘granton edge’ release pattern (scalloped) on the blades that not only adds style, but helps to release thin slices and sticky food after slicing. The Henckels Santoku knives come in both 5” to 7” blade lengths.
Microplane Zester Grater
Originally a woodworking tool, this best seller grates even the hardest Parmesan Reggiano as well as other hard cheeses into fine lacy wisps. The Microplane Zester Grater comes with a premium soft-touch handle and non-scratch end tabs, an ideal tool for topping your favourite pasta or a Caesar salad. It’s also wonderful for effortless citrus zesting to add natural flavours to a lemon crème brulee or a vinaigrette.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid’s Artisan Series Stand Mixer is a classic and incredibly versatile appliance. The stand mixer enables a hands free approach to food preparation allowing you to place your hands on other ingredients while the appliance is in operation. The standard attachments (pouring shield, dough hook, flat beater and wire whip) provide many different options – you can use the stand mixer to make homemade pasta, stuff fresh sausage, whip up ice cream and squeeze fruit.
It is the essence of form and function: beautiful with metallic chrome accents and incredibly sturdy – you just don’t want to lug it around too much. A perfect appliance to house in an AyA ‘lift up’ appliance garage!
Le Creuset Grill Pan
With Le Creuset grill pans you can cut the fat but retain the flavour. The deep ribs separate the fat from the food allowing for healthier cooking. The satin black enamel interior of Le Creuset grills are made to withstand the rigors of everyday use, require no seasoning and will not absorb odours or flavours. Each piece of Le Creuset cast iron cookware is handcast, polished, double enamel-coated and then fired, resulting in some of the finest quality cookware available.
Trudeau Garlic Press
The Trudeau garlic press is solidly constructed with a comfortable rubberized handle and chrome plated press and is dishwasher safe. Best of all it can easily handle two or more unpeeled cloves at a time in a one step operation where the garlic is completely extruded while skin & any residual fiber are left behind. A single backward flip cleans any left-over material thanks to a super handy small plastic plate which flips over so that its nubs fit perfectly through the extrusion holes to clean out the press.
Alessi 9090 Stovetop Espresso Maker
The 9090 was not only the first espresso coffee machine in Allesi’s illustrious history, but has been included in the permanent design collection at the MOMA in New York. It was Allesi’s first ‘amphibious object’, those that can be used in the kitchen but are attractive enough to be served at the table. It features a unique locking mechanism to attach the top to the bottom where other makers screw the parts together – this is a great feature when you have company and are making pot after pot. The base is wide and heavy which makes it suitable for use on gas stoves without fear of it falling through and the copper handle being a great conductor of heat reacts quickly to temperature changes so that it cools very quickly. A brilliant design by Sapper Richard.
These are just a few of the many staples in the wide selection of kitchen gear and gadgets. Have one that you love that didn’t make our list? Feel free to share with us what you cannot live without in the kitchen and why in our comments section below.