Eight Great Culinary Tools That You Will Find at a Restaurant Supplier

Food & Cooking Blog

If you want to expand your culinary horizons, you need the right tools. Visit a professional restaurant supply store to find items that may not be available in the kitchen section of your big-box chain store. Look for some of these high-grade tools for your own home!

Eight professional culinary tools that you will want in your kitchen are:

1. A rasp. A rasp is a fine-grater that works for things like spices (nutmeg or ginger) as well as for zesting citrus, such as lemon or lime. These have a very-fine texture that gently erodes the item that you rub against the metal surface, with a hand-held grip for easy maneuvering.

2. Steel-forged knives. Chefs love steel-forged knives due to their durability, longevity, and quality. You may find that buying a steel-forged chef's knife, you will never need to replace or buy another again.

3. Sharpening stones. If you are going to spring for high-quality knives, you need a decent sharpening stone to keep them sharp. Check out the selection of stones at a restaurant supply store to find the perfect size for your kitchen or knife-block, and to ensure your knives stay razor-sharp.

4. A wine-aerator. Wine needs a little oxygen, or aeration, to reach its pinnacle of flavor. A wine aerator ensures you reach that peak. These will oxygenate your bottle of wine while you worry about other things, like finding your favorite wine glasses.

5. A cherry pitter. Don't stain your hands pitting cherries for your favorite recipe; instead, invest in a stainless cherry pitter. These are easy to use, and they pit the cherries perfectly for you, leaving the rest of the fruit intact.

6. Cooking torch. A cooking blow torch is simply a more manageable, slightly smaller torch that is used in the kitchen. This tool if for far more than just crème Brulee. Try this to give steaks a caramelized finish or to quick-grill fresh veggies. Your restaurant supply store should also sell the small propane refills needed to give your torch its flame.

7. Cast-iron pans. Wondering if all the stories about cooking with cast-iron are true? You bet! A cast-iron pan gets much better heat-distribution during cooking, which equates to a better finished product at mealtime.

8. A ricer. A ricer is used to mash or rice potatoes for a palatable texture that won't turn gummy. These resemble a stainless-steel strainer, but you turn a small hand-crank to process the potatoes after they are cooked tender. These may also be used in making things like applesauce or even baby-food.

These eight items also make excellent guests for anyone that loves to get in the kitchen and show off their cooking skills. Check out a restaurant supply store or site to find these culinary tools that you will not want to be without.


12 April 2017

Delicious, Nutritious Berries

I absolutely adore sweet, tasty berries. I especially like strawberries and blueberries. Do you desperately desire to eat more fresh foods this spring and summer? Consider stocking up on colorful berries when you visit your local supermarket or farmer’s market. Berries are packed with health benefiting antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. In addition to eating them by the handful, you can incorporate them into many of your favorite snacks or entrees. For instance, top a cup of plain, Greek yogurt with berries. Put them in fruit, green, or chicken salads. Use berries to make smoothies. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you eat healthier during the warm weather months. Enjoy!