5 Kitchen Tools You Shouldn’t Live Without

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Maybe you were raised with parents who knew their way around the kitchen and had all the gadgets and gizmos to make cooking easier. Or maybe you grew up in a home where a home-cooked meal was rare. Either way, somehow we’ve all learned to survive in the kitchen.

 But why not thrive?

 Whether you’re a cooking expert or novice, here are 5 kitchen tools you shouldn’t live without. (Trust us – they will make your life easier!)

1.  Microplaner

Whether you want to grate cheese or collect lemon or lime zest for a recipe, a microplane zester/grater is the perfect way to do it. You’ll be impressed by how fine the pulp is – and how easy it can be to clean. No more chunks in your recipe from trying to use larger graters that aren’t up to the task.

 2.  Mortar & Pestle

 There is something about hand ground or chopped food that somehow tastes better. We don’t have know it works, but it does! Keep a mortar and pestle on hand for mashing herbs or making a tasty pesto. You won’t regret it!

3.  Chef’s Knife

A chef’s knife is a must in the kitchen, and it must be quality. Do not skimp on your knives, as you’ll regret it. Make sure they are sharp and can be sharpened for future ease of use and longevity for years to come.

4.  Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets have been used in home kitchens for centuries and it’s easy to see why! They are incredibly durable, very affordable, and can fry a mean chicken fried steak. Keep a few sizes on hand and use them for frying or searing for the best results.

5.  Kitchen Shears

If you’ve never kept kitchen shears on hand, it’s time to do yourself a favor and purchase some. Look for a pair that can come unhinged for the best cleaning. Kitchen shears are great for trimming meat, cutting herbs, or opening packages. 

What’s on your kitchen “must-have” list?