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START SEASONING LIKE A PRO IN THE KITCHEN. HERE ARE A FEW ITEMS TO GET YOU STARTED.
There really is no substitute for freshly ground spices, that’s why every professional cook carries their own peppermill. My favorite is the Peugeot Pepper Mill 8.5 inch – Chocolate This isn’t a fancy gadget, just a no frills tool for good cooking. I’ve been using this same brand for twenty years in the professional kitchen and at home. Once you’ve got that peppermill you’ll have to fill it. Use whole black or white peppercorns.
Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, 3 lbs (Pack of 2) is a staple ingredient in some of the best kitchens in America. It’s a great all-purpose salt. The crystals dissolve well and it doesn’t have the harsh iodine flavor of many table salts. The larger crystals make it easier to judge seasoning by feeling the grains of salt pass through your fingers. It’s generally available at your local supermarket.
Maldon Salt Company, Sea Salt Flakes, 8.5 Ounce (240 gram box) has a unique crispy texture that makes it great for use as a finishing salt. Sprinkle it over fish, vegetables or even ice cream right before serving (think salted caramel ice cream with a few flakes of Maldon salt on top).
SOME BASIC TOOLS TO GET YOU COOKING
Everybody needs a peeler around. Try these peelers by Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler 3-Pack Red/Green/Yellow
Zester/Grater, The Microplane Premium Series Zester/Grater – Red is comfortable and colorful. It’s great for zesting citrus and grating whole spices or hard cheeses like Parmesan.
In my opinion, Japanese knives are the best knives in the world, and I’m a big fan of Western-Style Japanese knives. They are sharpened in a very specific way. Click on this video to see how it’s done. The Misono Molybdenum Gyutou 8.2 (21cm) – Right chef knife is a good all around knife for the home cook. It’s not super heavy duty so I probably wouldn’t spend seventy hours a week with it in a restaurant kitchen, but it’s a great knife for all-purpose cooking at home at a reasonable price. It comes super sharp and easy to sharpen again. THIS IS A RIGHT-HANDED KNIFE. Japanese knives are typically sharpened to accommodate either left or right-handed people. If you’re really into cooking knives then I would check out Korin. They have an amazing selection of kitchen knives, and sharpening stones. They also have links to Youtube videos on sharpening and caring for your knives. If you have a typical chef knife that needs sharpening then check out this video on how to put a razor sharp edge on your Western-style knife.
If you’re in the market for measuring cups or spoons then make sure to buy metal ones with the quantity etched into the metal. Plastic ones with the numbers painted on will wear off and leave you wondering about what your measurements are.
SOME GREAT BOOKS FOR THE KITCHEN
The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, 17th Edition (Better Homes and Gardens Cooking) is a longtime classic. I use it often, especially when I’m looking for some good breakfast recipes and ideas.
Culinary Artistry is one of the first books that really grabbed my attention as a young cook. It has some recipes but it’s not really a cookbook. There are unique sections that outline ideal food and seasoning combinations that really helped me out when my brain was stuck.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is a non-fiction book from author Michael Pollan. It was a really eye-opening read for me. It talks about the hows and whys of human eating and what makes up the system that produces our food today.
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread [A Baking Book] by Peter Reinhart is a serious baking book for people who want to bake amazing bread at home. It has a recipe for one of the best bagels I’ve ever tried.
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