Cook's Illustrated Essential Kitchen Tools

Doug D.

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Cooking in cast iron is great, but there are so many things a kitchen needs besides cookware (and they're rarely made of cast iron). Here's a list of "essential kitchen tools" (and optional gadgets) from Cook's Illustrated magazine Jan-Feb 2016.


Bench Scraper: Dexter-Russell 6" Dough Cutter/Scraper - Sani-Safe Series

Can Opener: Fissler Magic Smooth-Edge Can Opener

Coarse Grater: Rosle Coarse Grater

Colander: RSVP International Endurance Precision Pierced 5 Qt Colander

Dry Measuring Cups: Amco Houseworks Professional Performance 4-Piece Measuring Cup Set

Garlic Press: Kuhn Rikon Stainless Steel Epicurean Garlic Press

Instant-Read Thermometer: ThermoWorks Thermapen

Kitchen Shears: Kershaw Taskmaster Shears

Ladle: Rosle Hook Ladle with Pouring Rim

Liquid Measuring Cup: Pyrex 2-Cup Measuring Cup

Mandoline/V-Slicer: Swissmar Borner Original V-Slicer Plus Mandoline

Measuring Spoons: Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set

Metal Spatula: Wusthof Gourmet Slotted Turner/Fish Spatula

Pepper Mill: Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill

Rasp Grater: Microplane Classic Zester Grater

Salad Spinner: OXO Good Grips Salad Spinner

Silicone Spatula: Rubbermaid Professional 13-1/2" High-Heat Scraper

Timer: American Innovative Chef's Quad Timer

Tongs: OXO Good Grips 12" Locking Tongs

Vegetable Peeler: Kuhn Rikon Original Swiss Peeler

Whisk: OXO Good Grips 11" Balloon Whisk


Adjustable Measuring Cup: KitchenArt Adjust-A-Cup Professional Series, 2-Cup

Boil-Over Prevention: Kuhn Rikon Spill Stopper

Bowl Anchor: Staybowlizer

Jar Opener: Amco Swing-A-Way Jar Opener

Wine Aerator: Nuance Wine Finer