It's been said that simple pleasures are the best. Whether you're straining pasta, chopping red peppers, crushing garlic, swirling olive oil, or baking a gluten free pizza crust, it always helps to be using utensils and implements that look and act as good as your food tastes!
Maybe I just need to get out more, but I love using my strainer! And my cutting board! And my spatulas!
So what kinds of things does this humble gluten free cook use, and why? A quick list:
1. Stainless steel strainer. I spend more time reaching for my strainer than almost anything else in the kitchen, and I really need to invest in a few more. Go with the best! Stainless steel through and through just looks better than plastic. I like this one.
2. Cutting board. I've read that plastic cutting boards are more sanitary than wood or bamboo. Plus, plastic cutting boards can be tossed into the dishwasher! Still, I like wood or bamboo, even though they often have to be rubbed with oil so that they don't split or lose their luster. There's also another alternative by Epicurean: it's made of sustainably harvested wood and recycled materials -- and, significantly -- it's dishwasher safe!
3. Spatulas. Really small spatulas are super super utilitarian -- and cute! I love colored spatulas, like the one pictured below!
4. Kitchen towels. My favorite kitchen towels are still those in a pale sunflower yellow and white cross-hatch that I purchased years ago at Williams-Sonoma. Spend a few dollars more for towels you love that can be tossed in the wash in hot water, along with everything else! Some nifty ones pictured below.
5. Garlic crusher. A good garlic crusher can save you more time than its weight in gold (well, O.k., not its weight in gold; but, really, in this second millennium, isn't is amazing that garlic still has to be either crushed or chopped by hand? (One can buy a bottle of crushed garlic at Trader Joe's, but I like ensuring that my garlic is grown in the U.S. (much garlic is grown in China), and I often buy organic.)
The garlic crusher that I use was a gift; and the brand isn't indicated anywhere on it! However, thispress by Aoailion looks of similar quality to mine, is reasonably priced, and has three excellent customer reviews.
More later! What are your fave kitchen swag items? Let us know by leaving a comment, below (it's super easy, no registration, passwords, etc).