Do you own a three or five piece set of cooking utensils and you’re wondering what each item is used for? Perhaps you’ve only used one utensil for a long time and it’s this one favorite large, solid spoon that does all the cooking work – mixing, frying, sautéing, stirring or turning. If that large spoon could talk, it would have complained of “job overwork.” No wonder you sometimes find it difficult to do simple cooking tasks like turning food while pan frying or getting food particles out of hot oil. It’s because you aren’t using the right essential kitchen tools for the job.
There are reasons why some cooking utensils are formed in a certain way. Ever wonder why some large spoons has holes in it or why it’s flat or cup-shaped? Why it needs to have a long handle?
Each cooking utensil included in a set has its own function and we should be aware of how and when they are to be used. Let’s take a look at the basic cooking spoons and other utensils you have hanging idly in the kitchen cabinet. Let’s find out what the special functions of these essential kitchen tools are. Here are the list of essential kitchen tools and their uses so you can maximize your time and have more ease when using it in meal preparations.
Large Solid Spoon
You can use this utensil for mixing and stirring any food, sauces, soup or any liquid while cooking. The best ones to buy are materials that originate from wood or stainless steel. Wood and stainless material are non-reactive. They won’t change the chemical structure of the food.
You may use this spoon if you need to separate the solid foods from the liquid when serving the meal. You can also use this to stir liquids when cooking.
This large spoon has a cup-shaped bowl which you can use in serving soup, stew and sauces. The long handle and deep bowl makes it easy to scoop liquid from pots to other vessels.
You may use this flat strainer spoon to remove solid food ingredients, fat, excess fluid or other particles on the surface of any food being prepared. Helps to remove food debris from oil, used to remove donuts from the hot oil and removing vegetables from boiling water. The long handle keeps you at a safe distance from steam and hot oil.
You may use this flat shaped utensil for turning food while frying to cook the other side. You may also use it for removing food from the cooking pan. This is very convenient when preparing pancakes, hamburgers, potatoes, fried eggs, bacon and removing cookies from the baking pan.
Other Essential Kitchen Tools & Utensils
Some cooking utensil sets include ice cream scoop, potato masher, can opener, balloon whisk, spatula, meat tenderizer, pizza wheel, tongs and spaghetti spoon.
Ice Cream Scoop
You may use this utensil is used to scoop ice cream to form a rounded ball shape as it’s taken from the container. Then, you either place it in a cone, a bowl or as toppings for a dessert. Some types have lever on the handle to easily extract the ice cream from the metal scoop.
You may use this to crush not only potatoes, but any soft cooked foods which require smooth textured ingredients in your meal preparation. You may also use this for making baby food.
Device used to open the top part of any canned food. You may either manually or automatically operate this device which quickly removes the top quickly.
This is made of wires formed into a balloon-like shape used for whipping light food ingredients. This design is used to increase air as you whisk any liquid ingredient which makes it lighter in texture.
A flat, thin utensil used for spreading, mixing, folding and lifting soft ingredients. You may also use it to scrape food from the sides of pots.
This is used for pounding meat to make it thinner and soften the tough cuts of meat.
This is used to cut the crusts easily by gliding the wheel blade through the pizza. You may also use it to cut dough and noodles.
A utensil with handles for gripping, lifting, rotating and adjusting food while pan is frying or grilling food. You may use smaller tongs in serving or handling ingredients during food preparation.
You may use this serving utensil to hold spaghetti noodles. This makes it easier to remove from the boiling water. The hole on the spoon is there to drain the water as you lift up the spaghetti.