Small But Very Useful Kitchen Utensils

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Working in a kitchen, whether a home or professionally, requires a good number of tools that need to be present and handy. Moving from soup to steak to a casserole and then a dessert can easily involve a dozen different tools. So a well-prepared kitchen is going to have a good stock of utensils ready to go for what a recipe demands.

The Standard Kitchen Spoon

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We’ve all seen and grown up with some version of the kitchen spoon. This is an oversized spoon instrument useful for working food and liquids in big pots. It’s an essential do-all tool in terms of scooping, moving, stirring, and holding food in place while working on it. The kitchen spoon has been around for centuries, and ancient cultures made them frequently from wood and sometimes from metal, such as copper. The Kitchen Spoon comes in two forms, solid and slotted. The slotted spoon gives a user the added advantage of draining liquid from underneath while controlling solid foods captured in the basin of the spoon. At a minimum, the tool is great for checking the status of food, avoiding burning one’s hands doing the same, and avoiding contamination.

The Soup Ladle

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This big spoon is curved or designed with a long stick handle and a very big, cup-like spoon basin at the end. The handles sometimes have a curve or hook on the end for hanging or for making sure the ladle doesn’t slip inside large pots while cooking or server. The Soup Ladle is ideal for removing soup and stews from larger pots to smaller ones or for serving individual bowls. Again, this instrument has been around for centuries, and some of the best versions to work with today are stainless steel.

The Pasta Ladle

This spoon looks very much like other soup spoons except for two big differences – an edge with teeth and a hole in the middle of the basin. The teeth allow you to grab pasta in hot water quickly and the hole allows the water to drain out. You end up with the pasta without the mess when pulling the food out of a hot boiling pot. It’s ideal for serving pasta from the main cooking container.

The Ice Cream Scooper

Have you ever tried to scoop ice cream out with a regular spoon? It’s not really ideal and you may end up bending the spoon. The Ice Cream Scooper gives you better leverage with a stronger handle and deep-curved spoon that allows the ice cream to curl up for that perfect dessert ball served in a bowl. The Scooper typically comes in two forms, static basic design and one with a separator function. The separator function makes it easy to remove the ice cream from the spoon once scooped with a thumb actuator that slices the ice cream from the spoon surface. Either works fine, but the separator version works faster when serving a lot of ice cream at once.

The Spatula

It’s not really a spoon, but the spatula is a close cousin. Flat in nature, this tool allows you to slide under food and pick it up to serve from a hot skillet or to flip to cook the other side. It also doubles as a quick blunt knife on food cooking as well as a stirrer, but it doesn’t work wonderfully well in these secondary roles. Spatulas typically come in large sizes and sometimes slotted, but cooks find having two versions, one large and one small work best in a busy kitchen. For smaller dishes and frying pans, the large spatula becomes overkill but the smaller size is ideal.

The Basic Kitchen Knife

Sizable and sharp, the Basic Kitchen Knife comes in either a half foot blade or larger. It’s ideal for cutting large and medium-sized food pieces that need to be diced, sliced or separated apart. This is a standard kitchen tool in any working kitchen, and many professional cooks have their own special blade to work with versus generic brands. It is the do-all cutter for any cook and a basic essential.

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