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following list is one I have thought long and hard about since opening The Pan
Tree. There are many blogs and articles with similar lists, all with very
important tools essential for the kitchen. As individuals, we all have varying
degrees of skill in the kitchen; therefore the ones recommended are “basic”
essential tools for occasional and seasoned cooks. From here you can add to
your collection based on what you love to prepare! All are products tested,
tried and recommended by staff at The Pan Tree.
1. An Excellent Chef’s Knife- Nothing was more apparent to me as the importance of a great
knife especially after I finally used one! We had been using mediocre knives in
our home kitchen for too long and when I finally brought a new high quality
knife home, I could not believe I lived without one for so long. I would
recommend a chef’s knife to start as it is the most versatile. The size will
depend on what feels more comfortable for you. My partner prefers an 8” as it
fits better in his hand, but I like a 6” for my smaller grip. My personal favorite
is Wusthof’s Classic Ikon cooks knife.
2. Honing Steel-
Once you have a really great knife you will want to care for and maintain it
properly with a honing steel. Use your steel after each use to bring back the
edge on your knives and prolong performance.
3. Cutting Boards-
Continuing with the cutting theme, a good cutting board is also important to
prolong the life of your knives. Although easy to clean, glass cutting surfaces
are hard on your sharp knives. Instead, opt for a thick natural wood or
composite wood board. Epicurean offers bonus non-slip grips on their boards. Plastic
is also a good option and you can rotate several cutting boards in the kitchen changing
them according to the type of food you will be chopping. I like to have one
each specifically for veggies, raw meat, and cooked food to prevent cross
4. Stainless Steel Cookware- Buy the best you can afford. You will likely use this
cookware nearly every day and good quality will last nearly a lifetime. You may
decide to buy an entire set or individual pieces depending on your needs but, a
couple sizes of saucepots and frying pans and a stock pot are essential. Look
for multi layered cookware with either an aluminum or copper core for the best
5. Cast Iron Skillet- You may not use it every day but, you will definitely find it useful
for certain applications. Nothing beats a steak seared in a cast iron pan and
finished off in the oven or BBQ. Cast iron retains heat longer, is ideal for
sealing in juices and becomes seasoned with time lending to great non-stick
properties. Try Le Creuset’s enameled skillets.
6. Non-stick Fry Pan- This may seem a bit of overkill having so many frying pans in the
kitchen and granted, having just one will get you by but, nothing cooks eggs
better than a ceramic coated frying pan. Most of our staff would agree as we
all own one!
7. Gadgets- It’s
really difficult to pick just one or two kitchen gadgets for the kitchen so I will
list the top three that I think are the most essential to every day cooking.
there are many kinds but, your best bet would be a silicone and a metal offset
spatula, both ideal for cooking and baking. Cuisipro makes several quality
press- if you love garlic, a press is a must. Mince, crush or slice your garlic
in seconds! Choose dishwasher safe models for easy cleaning
tongs- great for easily handling meat and vegetables. Look for silicone ends
with teeth for gripping.
If you are a seasoned chef you may not have the need for a thermometer because
you know when your food is perfectly cooked just by touching it! For everyone
else this is a must have.
9. Good Oven Mitts-
Burns are preventable especially if you have oven mitts in the kitchen. We like
Kitchen Grips neoprene mitts for the heat resistance and easy care. Silicone is
another good option.
10. Immersion Blender- This handy electric appliance makes cream based soups and whipping
cream a breeze. Kitchen Aid and Krups models come with lots of handy extra attachments
like whips and choppers.
I'd love to hear your recommendations for "must have" kitchen tools. Post your suggestions below.
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Well, it has been 4 weeks since we opened our doors and what a great month it has been!
On September 29 we celebrated our Grand Opening. Mayor Osinchuk and Members of Council were on hand to help with the ribbon cutting ceremony. Professional Home Economist Deborah Anzinger wowed the crowd with delicious recipes. Many of you went away with a signed copy of her cookbook Cook. Thank you to all that attended our Grand Opening. We look forward to serving the community of Sherwood Park for years to come.
In October we hosted our very first cooking class with Chef Richard Toll, where he created five delicious plates for the Fall Tapas class. Registrants left the evening inspired and with full bellies! November's upcoming classes include Cooking with Chocolate and Learn About Spices with Chef Andrew Parker. Ashley Cattell from Philosophy Nutrition is offering some healthy choices -- Easy Breakfasts and Fall Inspired Vegetarian. You may register for cooking classes in-store or online at www.thepantree.ca. We are always open to your suggestions for cooking classes. Just E-mail us or talk to one of our staff with any ideas you have.
Cathy has been cooking up some inspiration in our demo kitchen on Saturdays. This week she sampled some delicious creamy risotto, perfect comfort food for the cold days ahead. To find out about upcoming demos join us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Christmas is only 60 days away and The Pan Tree may have the perfect gift for the foodie on your list. Henckels is offering some spectacular promotions on Henckel Twin and Miyabi knives. Also on special are Henckels TruClad and Sol cookware and Staub cast iron. Check your mailbox soon for the fall flyer or ask in-store for details.
Watch for our next blog where we will feature staff picks, our favorite tools for the kitchen!
Our wonderful team at Grand Opening (from left to right) Cathy, Timothy, Joan, LeAnn, Ingrid, Jerrica, Shelene, Kim, Charlotte, Natalie
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