I’ve been a home cooking enthusiast for several years now, and I’ve accumulated quite a collection of tools of the trade in that time. And while I love my pie plates and cookie cutters, I find myself reaching far more often for the tools that make it a little easier for me to prepare healthy meals for hubby and me. Some are pricey and others are cheap, but they’ve all been invaluable to me.
Citrus Press. This is my favorite low-budget kitchen tool. I asked Santa for one a few Christmases ago and I’ve used it at least three times a week – and usually more – since I got it. I have this one from Williams-Sonoma, and it’s an amazing item. Great quality and incredibly well-made, it squeezes half a lemon, lime or orange with next to no effort on my part, is dishwasher safe, and looks as good as the day I unwrapped it. If you only buy one non-essential kitchen gadget, make it this one!
Microplane. I think this is the best zester on the market. I have a couple including this rasp, which I use for grating Parmesan and citrus, as well as a citrus-specific rasp. I don’t use it as much as the citrus press above, but I do my fair share of zesting and this baby has seen a lot of action.
Oil Mister. I got this from Santa too, and it’s wonderful for spraying just a fine mist of olive oil. I can sometimes have a heavy hand with oil, so this keeps me honest.
Vitamix. Okay, this isn’t exactly a budget item, but if you have been saving your pennies for a new blender, I can’t say enough good things about my Vitamix. Before I got it, I had a regular blender which worked okay, but the Vitamix makes all other blenders look like dinosaurs. It whips me up a smoothie in mere moments, and there are no chunks of ice to contend with. It also makes a perfectly velvety pureed soup. I can’t remember how I lived without my Vita.
Measuring Cups and Spoons. If you’re practicing portion control, then measuring cups and spoons are absolutely essential. Before I started measuring portions, I really had no idea what an appropriate serving size looked like. But a cup of pasta or a teaspoon of oil are no-brainers with the right measuring devices. I love these All-Clad cups and spoons, because they look like miniature pots. Heh, fun.
What cook’s tools do you use to support your healthy lifestyle?