TOOLS YOU SHOULD HAVE
(BUT MIGHT NOT)
You certainly don’t need every gizmo and gadget to be a successful cook, but here are a few that really help.
35. Oven thermometer. “Just like people, every oven is different,” says Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of Grandbaby Cakes. “Some ovens heat up faster than others. Having a thermometer helps a ton with this. It can help you to adjust temperature and baking times if necessary.”
36. Kitchen scale. Use it to portion out meat for burgers, to make sure you put the same amount of batter in each muffin cup. This tool can make cooking more consistent, a key component to success.
37. Instant-read thermometer.
Take the guesswork out of cooking steaks, burgers, chicken and other proteins to the right temperature.
38. Fine-meshed sieve. This lowtech item can play many roles. Rinse rice or other grains in it, use it to strain sauces or custards or sift dry ingredients with it.
39. Fish spatula. This is longer than a regular spatula, thin, flexible and slotted, designed to slip under delicate fish fillets. But it works beautifully for anything that needs flipping, like burgers and fritters. You can even use it to remove delicate cookies off a baking sheet.