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Cook Like a Pro With the Best Kitchen Tools For an Aspiring Chef

With Top Chef back on TV, many Americans are back in the kitchen obsessing of broken sauces or trying to microwave demi-glaces back to life. The desire to create inspiring food is great. The ability to create inspiring food is, as it turns out, rare. But many of the problems – soggification of vegetables, burnification of chicken – don’t begin with human error. There’s a saying that only poor carpenters blame their tools, but superlative chefs have no compunction about vilifying dull knives. In the kitchen, tools are everything. Aspiring chefs need to be thoughtful about what they buy – otherwise it’s back to takeout.

The Timer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This Mushroom-Shaped Mechanical Kitchen Timer will ensure that those brownies do not burn this time around. The timer can be set for an hour, so even longer cooks can be accounted for.

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The Strainer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Instead of pouring the pasta into a colander in the sink, use this Stainless Steel Pot Strainer to keep the pasta in the pot. This makes it easier to keep on cooking in one pot.

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The Ceramic Grater

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This Advanced Ceramic Grater is great for mincing ginger, garlic, and onion to inject serious flavor into dishes. There’s no need to get fancier than this. This simple tool works well.

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The Pizza Cutter

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

No one can hate pizza for dinner. And every pizza needs a good Pizza Cutter that will slice through without wrecking any toppings. This is that cutter.

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The Supoon

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Especially in smaller kitchens, it’s essential to have tools that do more than one thing, like this Dreamfarm Supoon. It works like a spoon and spatula simultaneously for more cooking functionality.

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The Electric Kettle

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This easy-to-use Dezin Electric Kettle makes it possible to get hot water quicker than on the stove. It also has a keep warm function when the user doesn’t want boiling water.

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The Rice Cooker

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Cooking rice on the stove is not very easy. It should be, but somehow it always comes out gummy or undercooked. That’s why it’s 100% worth it to invest in an excellent rice cooker like this Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker.

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The Grater

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This amazing Parmigiano Smart Cheese Spoon Grater is the number one tool for pasta and salads that need this major injection of cheese to finish them off.

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The Masher

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Mashed Potatoes are pretty easy to cook, and they always wow. This simple Potato Masher ensures potatoes get nice and fluffy without pesky chunks.

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The Mandoline Slicer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Most home cooks do not have the knife skills of a professional chef, but that’s okay because there are so many great ways to cheat this, like a handy Mandoline Slicer. This is perfect for skinny onion slices and potato chips.

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The Can Opener

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

We all love a great tool that makes life so much easier. This Electric Can Opener opens cans with zero effort and in seconds. No more messing around with that annoying manual opener.

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The Pasta Cutter

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Homemade pasta may feel like a difficult kitchen task. And it’s not the easiest dinner to make, but it’s also not as complicated as it looks. And it’s made even more accessible with this Kitchen Aid Pasta Cutter Attachment.

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The Mortar and Pestle

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Using a great Mortar and Pestle is an easy way to feel fancy. It can be used for everything from grinding herbs to mashing up the best table-side guacamole.

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The Torch

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Expand the repertoire of tools in the kitchen with this Culinary Cooking Torch. This tool is often thought of for crème brûlée, but it can also be used to get a sear on meat and for other baking purposes.

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The Corer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

We love a good tool that makes a task as easy as possible. This Apple Corer is one of those items. This is great for prepping school lunches quickly in the morning.

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The Hand Blender

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Make the most of these last few winter days with the KitchenAid Two-Speed Hand Blender. It makes it easy to blend up soups quickly right in the pot. This is also great for making sauces, hummus, and other spreads.

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The Knife Sharpener

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This incredible OTOTO Blade Knife Sharpener is a handy tool with a fun and unique twist. The rhino-shaped item might even make sharpening knives an enjoyable experience.

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The Spatula and Scraper Spoon

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This Silicone Spatula and Scraper Spoon is a better version of that rubber spatula everyone uses with baking. The tool is also heat resistant, which makes it ideal for cooking eggs.

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The Spinner

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

The Salad Spinner is a humble item but a must-have. It ensures that the lettuce gets nice and dry after a thorough washing. And we all need to be washing our veggies.

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The Vacuum Sealing System

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This NutriChef Automatic Vacuum Air Sealing System is the ultimate way to save meat for longer. It helps to ensure it stays fresh in the freezer for longer. This is also a great way to inject flavor into meat and veggies more quickly.

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The Spiralizer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

This easy-to-use Vegetable Spiralizer makes cutting veggies in various ways possible. There’s a massive trend toward using vegetables as noodles; this tool makes them possible.

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The Rotary Cheese Grater

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

Grating cheese on a box cheese grater can take so long and requires serious grip strength. But this Rotary Cheese Grater makes grating large amounts of cheese quick and pain-free. And there’s no risk of cutting a finger.

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The Skewer

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

These Double Skewers are a simple and effective way to create big meat skewers on the BBQ. This is a must-have item with spring and summer on the horizon.

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The High-End Blender

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

The Vitamix 7500 Blender is one of those items that is pretty pricey but worth the price! It is essential for making those super thick delicious smoothie bowls.

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The Knife

cook like a pro with the best kitchen tools for an aspiring chef

The first step when getting very serious about cooking is getting a good set of knives. This Yoshihiro Hammered Damascus Gyuto Japanese Chefs Knife is a pricey option, but the quality is worth it. Remember, it’s always safer to cut with a sharp knife.

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