Utensils & Tools

I am a self-confessed gadget Queen, i.e. I love discovering a new tool that will make my life easier.  It’s very easy to get tempted into buying all the latest kitchen gadgets … ask me, I know!  Resist the temptation though, otherwise you might end up with a whole lot of white elephants in your kitchen!  My advice would be to rather choose items that has more than one use, so that you can cut down on clutter and save time when doing prep-work.

Below is my list of must-have kitchen utensils and tools. If you are not sure which brand to buy or if you are battling to find any of them, I can assist.  Just make contact!

  • cook’s knife – heavy, sturdy and sharp!

  • sharpening steel/knife sharpener – for sharpening knives!

  • large chopping board – the bigger the better!  I love a board that has a juice groove on the one side to catch e.g. meat juices

  • apron and oven mittens – to protect your clothes from spills and your hands from burns!  I introduced my own line of culinary clothing in 2017. It consists of aprons in a choice of three colours with matching oven mittens.  It is Proudly South African!  Get yours from my on-line shop!

 

  • Electronic kitchen scale – a must-have if you want to be 100% accurate when weighing ingredients. Whether you are weighing meat or butter! Just keep an extra set of battery at hand!

  • Electronic kitchen timer – getting into the habit of switching a timer on will, I promise, save you from any number of kitchen disasters.  I believe it needs to be portable so that you can carry it around in your apron pocket!

  • Measuring spoons & cups  jugs – It is the only way to go if you want 100% accuracy when measuring wet and dry ingredients!  I prefer stainless steel.

  • Measuring  jugs – for measuring wet ingredients. I prefer glass.

  • Silicone spatula – for blending the ingredients for a white sauce or to scrape clean mixing bowls.

  • Silicone pastry brush – for brushing oil on meat, butter on phyllo pastry, chocolate on re-usable baking sheets, etc.

  • absorbent kitchen paper – to wipe up small spills

  • bin with pedal – so that you don’t have to touch the lid of the bin while cooking

  • Wizbake re-usable non-stick baking sheets – not only does using these sheets increase the life of your roasting pans and baking trays, it makes it so much easier to clean them. I use mine for everything!  I love it so much that I just had to add it to my on-line shop!  Read more about it here.

  • Food nets – to cover food with while it is cooling down.

  • Handheld blender with chopper attachment – for chopping onions, nuts, etc. if time does not allow to do it by hand!

  • Magimix Food processor – great for making everything from home-made basil pesto, to cauliflower mash to soup!

  • Kenwood Stand Mixer – I use mine for kneading bread dough, whipping egg whites, and many other things!  I inherited mine from my grandmother, and it is still going strong!

  • Airtight containers – there are many brands to choose from these days, but I love the ones that are stackable. Both for when I use it in my pantry or my fridge.

  • zester – for removing the zest from citrus, e.g. oranges, lemons, limes, etc. I have a few, but my favourite is the one I bought at the E. Dehilerin shop in Paris, France.

  • Set of saucepans with lids in a variety of sizes.

  • Stainless steel steaming basket – for steaming vegetables, fish, pudding, etc.

  • Le Creuset non-stick Casserole With Lid – it has a handle on each side, which makes it great for carrying it anywhere!  

  • Non-stick frying pan – for frying anything from eggs to pork chops!

  • Cooking Utensils -everything from a pasta spoon to a lifter and soup ladle so that you don’t scratch your non-stick pans!

  • Disposable piping bags – can be used with or without a decorating tip. Can be used for everything from pastry cream, to buttercream icing, to chocolate mousse and even mashed potato!

  • Disposable gloves – to wear while doing food prep in case you have a cut anywhere on your hands

  • Dish washing gloves – to protect your hands from the smell of dish washing water!

  • Apple corer – to remove the core from apples or pears. It is also great for removing the seeds from a cucumber!

  • Cherry & Olive pitter – Yes, you can buy pitted olives, but they just don’t taste like the unpitted ones!  And it works just as well for cherries.

  • Cooling Rack – These are simple but so important in baking. Without a cooling rack, cakes and biscuits left to cool on a flat surface become soggy as steam gets trapped underneath. I think you’ll find it useful to have two.

  • Silicon bakeware & accessories – I love Silikomart’s moulds for sweet and savoury baking, moulded desserts, etc.  Beware of cheap imitations!