A recipe without its ingredients is like a chef without his utensils. With 15 + years of culinary experience, I am still constantly discovering the latest and greatest kitchen gadgets. With new ones coming out left and right, three remain that I cannot live without, and I know you will not be able to either. Let me introduce you to the Benriner Japanese Mandoline, Microplane Grater-Zester and the Cole & Mason Derwent Stainless Steel Adjustable Pepper Mill.
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1) BENRINER JAPANESE MANDOLINE
Have you ever seen food that is uniform in thickness? Well, a mandoline is the kitchen utensil behind this trick. Whether you are looking to thinly slice a potato to bake crispy potato chips or to thickly cut a potato to cook gourmet fries, the Benriner Japanese Mandoline is your go-to gadget.
- Why I Love It: The Benriner Japanese Mandoline is extraordinarily handy in the kitchen, especially for transforming raw vegetables into perfectly thin versions of themselves. I have used the same product for 15 years. Its razor sharp, durable blade and no-frills, simple design are ideal in making cutting in the kitchen a quick and easy task. Not only does the diagonal blade provide a smooth, seamless action but you can also add vertical blades to produce super fine shreds, thin juliennes or wider batons, depending on the type of dish you plan to cook. If you want to control the thickness of your cuts, simply adjust the device. In addition, the mandoline is light weight and includes a comfortable handle that provides control for the user, making it a super user-friendly kitchen utensil.
- Why You’ll Love It: Slices can quickly be made uniform in thickness with less skill than what is required when cutting with a knife. Here are some delicious must-try dishes that require this unique utensil: Lemon-Honey Tart with Salted Shortbread Crust, Mini Herbed Pommes Annas, and a Golden Beet and Jicama Salad with Crème Fraîche.
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2) MICROPLANE GRATER-ZESTER
If you are a fan of salads topped with freshly grated cheese or fruits zests, you will fall in love with my second must-have kitchen gadget. Whether you want to add fine lacy wisps of cheese or citrus zests to your dish, the Microplane Grater-Zester is the utensil for you.
- Why I Love It: This is a specialized kitchen gadget with multiple uses. It grates even the hardest Parmesan-Reggiano cheese into fine shreds and is an invaluable tool for chefs to quickly zest citrus fruits, apples, and onions, shaving five times the surface area compared to other products. Its razor sharp teeth allow grating in both directions. Not only can the Microplane be used to freshly grate large specialty salt chunks onto salads or entrees, but it can also produce decorative chocolate shavings for beverages or desserts.
- Why You’ll Love It: Ultimately, you will save time and energy transforming dishes from boring and bland to bursting with natural flavors. Here are some must-try recipes you can bring to life with this handy product: Orange Zest Donuts, Tomato Salad with Olives and Lemon Zest, Zesty Italian Dressing Mix, and Lemongrass-Lime Leaf Soda.
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3) COLE & MASON DERWENT STAINLESS STEEL ADJUSTABLE PEPPER MILL
It’s not a gourmet meal without the perfect peppercorn grinder, and the Cole & Mason Derwent Stainless Steel Adjustable Pepper Mill is the kitchen gadget for the job!
- Why I Love It: With so many recipe options, the Cole & Mason Dewert Stainless Steel Adjustable Pepper Mill is ideal for choosing your preferred grind, offering five settings from ultra-fine to coarse. This pepper mill is easily accessible for seasoning food while cooking as well as seasoning finished dishes. I have tried several traditional pepper mills over the years but was never satisfied with their results. I have found that the consistency of the pepper grind with this device is perfect for various applications. Not only is it extremely easy to open, refill and close without creating a mess, but its sleek stainless steel design and innovative construction does not leave fingerprints and requires little to no clean up even after many uses.
- Why You’ll Love It: Built for greater flavor and fewer turns, the adjustable pepper mill will save you time while allowing the true flavor of peppercorn to enhance your meal. Grab this much-needed gadget and try these delicious meals: Peppered Butter and Pear Toast, Salt-and-Pepper Steak , and Ginger and Pepper Truffles.