Sporks and spurtles, chinoises and canelles are among a variety of interesting items you will find in a well-stocked kitchenware store. I've yet to meet a chef, food writer or home cook who doesn't enjoy browsing endlessly in what can often seem like an Aladdin's Cave of tools for cooks.
Once upon a lifetime ago, I was fortunate enough to be the co-owner of such an establishment. The leading cookware specialty store in my home town, no less. The shelves of which were literally packed to the rafters with good things galore, and there was a cooking school attached! As such, I feel equipped to explain, in depth to those wishing to learn, the difference between a mezzaluna and a microplane, or a tortilla and a turnover. ヅ
Moving on from small business ownership, my curiosity for cookware and love of a bargain led me to discover that great gadgets can also be found by scouring op shops and thrift stores. Frankly, other than cooking and photography, it's one of my favourite pastimes. And I've landed a number of really good finds, including a large Pillivuyt soufflé dish in perfect condition for a mere dollar (AUD).
But let's now delve deep into the wide utility drawers in this cook's kitchen and unearth a few of the quirky and clever culinary tools and gadgets collected over the decades. Some are old-school, but innovative and useful nonetheless. A few are new to the cookware scene. Others are simply colourful additions to the culinary hub.
So, dear readers and fellow cooks. Tell me about your favourite tools for cooks. Which one is the favourite among the ones you have collected, and why is it so good?
If you'd like to know more about any of these gadgets, just please ask. ヅ
Hello. I'm Liz, a writer, cook and traveller based in Canberra, Australia.
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NB: I use Australian standard measuring cups and spoons in my recipes.