Nelson {vurb} editor shares five essential kitchen tools

Looking for some tools to make cooking more fun? Nelson {vurb} editor Megan Cole has some suggestions.

Nelson {vurb} editor Megan Cole dubs spoons as an essential cooking tool.

I am not a chef. Nor am I a culinary art expect. What I am is a food lover and a passionate home cook. I spend a lot of time reading cookbooks, food blogs, talking to chefs and people who know more about food, cooking and baking.

I started cooking when I was a teenager because simply I love food and because I was curious. I started buying cookbooks and just cooking things I had no idea how to make. I made samosas, pad Thai (even though I’d never eaten it), I roasted a turkey at 16 and just kept learning as much as I could.

In my experience as a home cook, I’ve come a few tools that make cooking at home a lot easier, and they are tools that you often see in the kitchens of professionals. These are five tools that will make cooking at home easier and even more fun.

1. Parchment paper: I could probably write an entire love song about how much I love parchment paper and how it has made my life in the kitchen easier. Basically parchment paper will keep everything from sticking to baking sheets, cake pans, muffin tins, etc. It’s as easy as rolling off a piece big enough to fit whatever you are cooking and putting your pizza, chicken, bacon or whatever on top and then putting it in the oven. You can wrap it around fish or veggies to steam them or garlic to roast it. It makes clean up easier too because basically all you need to do is crumple up the paper and toss it in the garbage. Use parchment paper!

2. Spoons: If you open my cutlery drawer right now you will notice there are a lot more spoons than any other tool. Spoons are great for everything. I taste with them, I add sauces, spices and other bits them. I stir with them. I turn things in frying pans over with them. I make cookies with them. Spoons are the ultimate cooking tool.

3. Tongs: If you’ve watched the Food Network I’m sure you’ve noticed chefs using tongs. They are a great tool for tossing pasta or flipping meat. They are definitely an essential tool and are very affordable.

4. Spare coffee grinder or a mortar and pestle: That’s right, I have two coffee grinders: One for my Oso coffee and the other for spices. I grind black pepper in it, make spice rubs for steaks and other meats, and cinnamon sticks if I need cinnamon for crisps and pies. If you want to go a bit higher end and buy a special tool, consider a mortar and pestle. It’s great for grinding spices and even making authentic curry pastes.

5. Cast iron frying pan: I love my cast iron frying pan. It makes perfect pancakes, is great for pan roasting meats and you can even bake bread or roast a chicken in it. The key to a cast iron frying pan is to season it and be careful when washing it. You don’t want it to sit with water in it or it will rust.

What are your favourite kitchen tools? What can’t you live without? Email me at vurb@nelsonstar.com

 

Just Posted

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

Nelson to allow marijuana dispensaries to operate into new year

Medical cannabis dispensaries won’t be penalized for operating until their recreational applications are heard

Nelson Curling Club still suffering financially

The club posted a nearly $20,000 loss last year, announced at its AGM on Sunday

Over $25,000 raised for Columbia Basin literacy

Success for 2018 Books for Kids campaign

Nelson Leafs, regional district plan full-time hazardous waste recycling depot

City requires flood-mitigation plan before one-year trial can begin

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

#hotscoops #hotscoops #hotscoops

First Nation sues Alberta, says oilsands project threatens sacred site

Prosper Petroleum’s $440-million, 10,000-barrel-a-day plans have been vigorously opposed by Fort McKay

North Okanagan site of first RCMP naloxone test project

Free kits, training to be provided to high-risk individuals who spend time in cell blocks

1 arrested after bizarre incident at U.S.-B.C. border involving bags of meth, car crash

Man arrested after ruckus in Sumas and Abbotsford on Thursday night

More B.C. Indigenous students graduating high school: report

70% of Indigenous students graduated, compared to 86% across all B.C. students

2 facing animal cruelty charges after emaciated dog found in B.C.

Amy Hui-Yu Lin and Glenn Mislang have been charged with causing an animal to continue to be in distress

Out of the doghouse: B.C. city lifts ban on pup who barked too much at dog park

Cameron the Shetland sheepdog is allowed back into Uplands off-leash dog park under some conditions.

No flood of extremist returnees to Canada expected, federal report says

The report says some 190 people with connections to Canada are suspected of terrorist activity abroad

Canada-China relations turn icy over arrest of Chinese exec

The Huawei case has threatened to complicate U.S.-China efforts to resolve a bitter trade dispute.

Most Read