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Ten essential kitchen tools

Gordon M. Wagner
The list author says: "Having the right tools will make time spent in the kitchen more productive."
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Cook's Knife
"A decent knife is something you cannot do without. Don't cheat yourself by using some cruddy supermarket stamped-blade knife. Drop a hundred bucks and get a real knife, and get a decent 3.5" paring knife while you're at it."
Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3
Norpro Cut-N-Slice Flexible Cutting Boards, Set of 3
"You need a cutting board, something you can wash -- here's a set so that cross-contamination won't be an issue."
KitchenAid KSM150PSWH 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield - White
KitchenAid KSM150PSWH 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield - White
"Expensive, yes, but so worth it. This is one appliance you will use constantly and which is worth every penny. Buy a KitchenAid mixer before you even think of a food processor."
Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set
Cuisinart 77-10 Chef's Classic Stainless 10-Piece Cookware Set
"Wow! What a deal!!! Having a decent set of pots and pans will make a huge difference. These are far from top-end chef's type of pots and pans. You can afford this and it's worth it."
ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen (Red) Professional Thermocouple Cooking Thermometer
ThermoWorks Super-Fast Thermapen (Red) Professional Thermocouple Cooking Thermometer
"An instant-read probe thermometer is essential! Never again will you have to guess if something is done."
Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black
Ozeri Pro Digital Kitchen Food Scale, 1g to 12 lbs Capacity, in Stylish Black
"An accurate scale will make the difference like you wouldn't believe, especially if you're baking any kind of bread. And you ought to be. And pizza!"
Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch
Lodge LPGI3 Cast-Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle, 20-inch x 10.44-inch
"Don't go "ugh". (I heard you). A cast iron griddle from Lodge is a fantastic tool and arguably the heart of the kitchen. Pancakes, burritos, eggs... it soaks up heat and then distributes it like no other material. Make sure you buy LODGE and no other brand."
Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Special-Value 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Roasting Rack
Calphalon LRS1805P Contemporary Stainless Special-Value 16-Inch Roaster with Nonstick Roasting Rack
"A fantastic value, this roasting pan will produce chickens/turkeys/roasts better than any other vessel. Can be used over two burners to make gravy. Very useful. This is not a frivolous item."
Old Stone Oven 4467 14-Inch by 16-Inch Baking Stone
Old Stone Oven 4467 14-Inch by 16-Inch Baking Stone
"I didn't find the kind of baking stone I like best here, this is it: http://www.bakingstone.com/ -- It's called a "Fibrament" baking stone. Wrap it in a double-layer of aluminum foil and leave it on the bottom shelf of your oven. This acts like a thermal capacitor, as Alton Brown once pointed out. Excellent quality. Worth the money."
Swing-A-Way 757BK Wing Corkscrew, Black
Swing-A-Way 757BK Wing Corkscrew, Black
"Cooking goes a lot better with wine. The saying goes "I like to cook with wine -- sometimes I even put it in the food". A pleasantly lit cook is a happy cook. Dip into  your savings and buy a decent corkscrew, it's worth it!"