My kitchen essentials

In no particular order,

1.  The KitchenAid.  I got mine in December 2011, before that I used a hand mixer, what was I waiting for! Good to get a couple of extra bowls if you can.  Love the dough hook for pizza dough.

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2.  Microplanes, in all shapes and sizes. These were originally woodwork tools that have become kitchen staples

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3. Various sized ice cream scoops, but not often used for ice cream, rather for fritters, rissoles, cupcake batter, anything that needs consistent sizing and needs to be easy to dispense

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4. Pyrex – I think its practically indestructible – freeze it, boil it, bake it.

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5. Mini Whizz – I love this little thing.  You can tuck it in any corner.  Great for grinding or chopping small batches of nuts, making a quick pesto, or puree, when you don’t want to haul out the food processor.

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6.  Vanilla Extract and Vanila Bean paste – these are pantry staples for me. (Though I have since made my own extract using vodka and vanilla beans, no chemicals and smells devine)

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7. Stick blender, its seen me through 11 years so far

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8. Kitchen scale, has also lasted 11 years  (since died and bought a new one!)

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9. Utensils – can you ever have too many?

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10.  A nice long rolling pin

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11. Cooling racks

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12.  Zyliss mandolin for consistent slicing and to do julienn strips

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13.  Baking beans, though you can use rice

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14.  Baking pans, in all shapes and sizes (I have a lot more than the ones shown here!)

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