{Devil Gourmet FoodStyle Feature} Necessary Culinary Investments

Shopping for Father’s Day got me thinking- how do you know what really constitutes a worthwhile investment in your kitchen? Williams Sonoma can easily convince you that $47.00 kitchen tongs are instrumental and necessary to all your culinary endeavors, but what items and ingredients do you really need to shell out for? Below is my list for necessary culinary investments that will earn their keep in your kitchen and pay back their initial cost ten times over because of their usefulness and durability.

1. Le Creuset Cast Iron Cookware 

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

These pots last forever. I use my big red 9 quart signature round dutch oven for everything in the kitchen, from roasting chicken, to making risotto, soups, steaming dumplings, searing salmon, even baking massive chicken pot pies. It never lets you down and fills every culinary task with ease. It’s endlessly durable (I’ve dropped mine on the floor on several occasions), conducts heat evenly and holds temperature beautifully. Pick which size makes sense for you, but know that you’ll get more uses out of the bigger versions.

2. A Fantastic Chef’s Knife

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

Whatever cutting or chopping task you’re doing in the kitchen you’ll need a solid, super sharp knife to work with. Chef’s knives are the workhorse of your knife kit, and you should put most of your money here. The smaller and more specialized knives are useful, but if you want one fantastic knife, make it a chef’s knife. Quality really makes a difference here, and keeping your knife sharp is half the battle. Invest in the best chef’s knife you can afford (try Wusthof, Shun, or Kikuichi) and make sure to buy a sharpening stone too. You can get a good one for 50 or so dollars, and a few sharpening swipes every week will keep your investment in tip-top shape. A dull knife is actually the most dangerous knife, so keep yours nice and sharp, and it will last a really long time.

 

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

Photo by Williams Sonoma.

3. A Powerful Mixer

A really strong, powerful standing mixer will whip up masses of egg whites for meringue, make quick work of thick cake batter, knead your dough for pizza and bread, make hollandaise sauce in a flash, and turn heavy cream into whipped cream in minutes. Standing mixers allow you to walk away rather than standing tending to your batter while your arm gets tired. The KitchenAid standing mixer looks beautiful on your counter, and you’ll find yourself using it again and again. They’re an investment but they last forever (I got one for my 13th birthday and it still works like a dream). You can also leverage your KitchenAid mixer into countless other useful appliances with their wide collection of attachments. Their pasta attachment makes homemade linguine in minutes, and their juicer attachment makes freshly squeezed juice for cooking or cocktails seamlessly.

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