This is a pretty simple and straightforward entry. But here are my picks for tools that any cook should own and that which will make all your meals easier and better prepared. I’d consider them the first step to leveling up your cooking beyond boxed meals.
A probe thermometer.
This you can use to precisely manage temperatures of things in the oven. When cooking a steak in the oven you can make sure it comes out exactly when it’s ready.
A digital scale
Digital/Analog. Whatever. Just having a scale allows you to more precisely manage your ingredients and your food. The minimal amount of math required to manage flavor is made easier with the metric system.
An immersion blender
Finally. You can whip together the ideal scrambled eggs. That homemade dressing will never stop being a colloid.
An infrared thermometer
There’s nothing more annoying than putting an egg in a pan and realizing the pan isn’t hot enough. Now you have to wait and your perfect yolk is not to be. This stops that. This allows you to take easy spot temperatures. This doubles as a toy for the cat.
I haven’t purchased a loaf of bread in years and I have been making my own with a sourdough starter that I decided to create and maintain. Overall it’s criminally easy and the products that you can make from a sourdough starter are infinitely better in taste and health.
“…mix a small amount of flour and water in a bowl, a little more flour than water, and stir until smooth. Add a little more water or flour as necessary to obtain a batter that is liquid and pourable, yet thick enough to cling to the spoon.”
This one is very simple. Perfect for a chicken salad with some chow mein noodles or a stir fry.
Alternately you can use it as the dressing for an asian-style coleslaw (see also: coming soon)
What you’ll need:
1/4 C. Rice or white wine Vinegar
1/3 C. Vegetable Oil
2 t. Soy Sauce
1 t. Garlic (minced)
1 t. Ginger (grated)
A whisk or stick blender
Add the ingredients together and blend until the mixture has emulsified.
A stick blender (or immersion blender) makes this immensely easier. But if all you have is a whisk I would suggest rolling it between your two palms as if you were making snakes out of clay to get the most whisk for your energy.