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July 3, 2014 7:11 AM Subscribe
We're closing on a house that has a very nice and spacious kitchen. What are we missing to make it Chris Kimball approved?
posted by playertobenamedlater to Home & Garden (28 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
My wife and I have become big fans of Chris Kimball and "America's Test Kitchen" and would like to setup and stock our new kitchen so we can really start experimenting with their many great recipes and tricks. We don't get the keys to our new home until the end of the month but we'd like to get a jump on getting everything ready for when we can move in. Our new house does have a decent 30" gas range that we will be upgrading to a 36" or 40" Thermador in a year or two.
Thanks to Costco, Marshalls, and HomeGoods we've managed to pick up quite a few great kitchen tools but we'd love to hear what you find are "must haves" for home cooks.
Below are our current tools:
- All-Clad 12" and 10" fry pans (with lids)
- (2) Tramontina 21" non-stick skillets
- Lodge cast iron skillet
- LeCreuset 2 1/4 Qt Saucier
- Vitamix 5200
- KitchenAid Pro 500 Mixer
- Weber One-Touch Grill
- Wusthof 8" Cooks and 3" Paring Knives (Classics)
- Bodum knife block
We've managed to find a good selection of All-Clad cooking tools (spatulas, spoons, whisks) to replace our old KitchenAids so on that front I think we're set. We're not huge fans of unitaskers but we have the usual kitchen suspects (lemon/lime press, apple corer) but are probably missing a few. In addition to the two Wusthofs we have a mix of low end knives that we want to replace with Wusthofs but aren't sure of the sizes we'd need. Right now we know that we're missing the following tools from our kitchen arsenal:
- Cutting boards/blocks (Boos Block)
- Knives (Wusthof Classics - 6" Cooks, 6" Utility)
- Dutch oven (LeCreuset)
- Large fry pans (All-Clad)
- Food processor
For those of you that do a lot of home cooking and experimenting - are there other tools that we're missing? For those of you that have LeCreuset - is their Dutch over worth the price? Any downside or issues with the Wusthof Classic line?