Aluminum is the best for all-around
use. It is the most popular, lightweight,
attractive and less expensive.
Stainless Steel is the most
popular material used for
tools and equipment, but it is
Glass is good for baking but not practical
for top or surface cooking. Great care is
needed to ensure for long shelf life.
Cast Iron is sturdy but must be
kept oiled to avoid rusting.
Ceramic and heat-proof glass are
used especially for baking dishes,
casseroles, and measuring cups.
Teflon is a special coating
applied inside of aluminum
or steel pots and pans.
A baster is handy for returning some
of the meat or poultry juices from
the pan, back to the food.
Cans, bottles, cartoons opener use
to open a food tin, preferably with a
smooth operation, and comfortable
gripand turning knob.
Colanders also called a vegetable strainer are
essential for various tasks from cleaning
vegetables to straining pasta or tin contents.
Dredgers – are used to shake flour, salt, and
pepper on meat, poultry, and fish.
Emery boards/sharpening steel – is
used to sharpen long knives.
Garlic Press is a kitchen tool which
is specifically designed for the
purpose of pulping garlic.
Graters are used to grate, shred,
slice and separate foods such as
carrots, cabbage and cheese.
Handy Poultry and roasting tools
make it easier to lift a hot roasted
turkey from the roaster to the serving
platter, without it falling apart.
Kitchen shears they are practical for
opening food packages, cutting tape or
string or simply to remove labels or tags
Pasta spoon or server is used to
transfer a little or a lot of pasta to
a waiting plate, without mess.
Potato masher is used for mashing
cooked potatoes, turnips, carrots or
other soft cooked vegetables.
Rotary egg beater – used for
beating small amount of eggs or
batter. The beaters should be
made of stainless steel.
Scraper- a rubber or silicone tool to blend or
scrape the food from the bowl, metal,
silicone or plastic egg turners or flippers
Serving spoons- utensils consisting of a
small, shallow bowl on a handle used in
preparing, serving, or eating food.
Serving tongs enable you to more easily
grab and transfer larger food items, poultry
or meat portions to a serving platter, to a
hot skillet or deep fryer, or to a plate.
Soup ladle is used for serving soup or
stews, but can also be used for gravy,
dessert sauces or other foods.
Spatula – is used to level off ingredients
when measuring, and to spread
frostings and sandwich fillings.
Spoons – solid, slotted, or perforated. Made
of stainless steel or plastic, the solid ones
are used to spoon liquids over foods and to
lift foods, including the liquid out of the pot.
Two-tine fork – used to hold meats while
slicing, and to turn solid pieces of meat
while browning or cooking Made of stainless
steel and with heat-proof handle.
Wooden spoons are used
for creaming, stirring, and
mixing. They should be
made of hard wood.
Scoops or dippers – are used to
measure serving of soft foods, such as
fillings, icecream, and mashed potato.
Kitchen knives often referred to as
cook's or chef's tools, knives are a
must for all types of kitchen tasks,
from peeling an onion and slicing
carrots, to carving a roast or
Vegetable peeler is used to scrape
vegetables, such as carrots and
potatoes, and to peel fruits.
are necessary in
infections from foods.
Oven- a chamber or compartment
used for cooking, baking, heating, or
Blenders are used to chop, blend,
mix, whip, puree, grate, and liquify
all kinds of food. A blender is a
very useful appliance.
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