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How to Buy Kitchen Utensils

Buying cooking utensils for your kitchen can be a lot trouble but at the same time a really fun and educating experience. There are a few ways to begin collecting the equipment, utensils and appliances you need. One is to look through a full size list, check off what you need, and then go on a shopping for it.

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Another is a trial and error method. As you begin cooking, you'll quickly realize what utensils your kitchen is missing. When you want to make a pie crust and realize you have no rolling pin, it can put you off pie crusts forever. If you really want to save money, take some time to cruise the street bazaar. You can find excellent cooking equipment, utensils, and even appliances for pennies if you are a savvy shopper.

Some basic cooking utensils like chopping board, knives, wok, pan, spatula, colander, steamer, grater etc are a must for most of the kitchens. Choose a 9- or 10-inch skillet or sauté pan, a 4- or 5-quart pot and a baking or roasting pan to start. You can cook most food with these three items. Add to your basic set with an extra sauté pan, a 1- or 2-quart saucepan and a larger 8- or 10-quart stockpot. Avoid plastic handles if possible - some brands are made to withstand lower oven temperatures, but many others can't be put in the oven. Choose cookware with riveted or welded handles. You don't want a handle coming off in your hands as you attempt to remove a pot from the stove. Choose stainless steel or thick aluminum cookware if possible. Heavier pans conduct heat more evenly. Start out with a spatula, tongs, a vegetable peeler and a few wooden spoons as your basic cooking utensils. Be sure to get at least one good, sharp knife. There may be other items you want to add and you will want to shop for quality over quantity, especially when you are starting to buy.

Buying Tips: Take a moment and think about your cooking style. Some tools will be used in any kitchen anyway: spatulas, good knives, sturdy pots and pans, and heavy kitchen towels. On the other hand, if you do enjoy do a lot of food experiment in the kitchen, a set of fancy tools may become unmistakable. When your favorite kitchen tools wear out, it's natural to buy the same brand. Sometimes that's a good idea, if the utensils lasted a long time and worked well. But check around a bit first. Some manufacturers make different qualities of the same tool, so you may be able to 'trade up' a bit. Or you could try another brand altogether, and fall in love all over again. Some brands will always justify your trust in them. You may have your own favorites, so trust your taste and instinct. Think about the utensils you buy, how often you cook the foods they are made for, and if this is an impulse purchase.

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