What are the essential tools every cook needs in the kitchen? Last week we shared our guide to essential prep tools and utensils. So you're prepped: now what? Our new guide to the most important cooking tools takes you to the next step.
It was a year ago when I first learned of Béa Johnson and her zero-waste lifestyle. Sunset featured her in the most inspiring article that immediately caught my attention, and I've been hooked ever since. It's been a year of paring back and living with less, and that includes our life in the kitchen. Here's a more detailed look at Béa's kitchen endeavors. I hope you enjoy and find her story just as inspiring!
The enemies of olive oil are air and sunlight which cause oxidation and loss of flavor. There are many ways to protect your olive oil, but the most popular is to store your oil in a tinted bottle with a spout.
I also like using an old enamel coffee pot, a trick I learned from Sam Clark, chef and owner of the Moro restaurant in London.
The new year is a chance to make a fresh start in the kitchen. It's a good time to stand back and look at your space — is there a little project you've been meaning to take care of? Maybe you want to hang a pot rack? Rearrange your pots and pans so they are more organized? Hang a picture over the sink? This is the perfect kind of New Year's resolution — nothing that requires ongoing commitment. Just one small, well-selected improvement of your kitchen space.
This kitchen doesn't look like much - and I'm embarrassed by my love for dyed eucalyptus at the time - but it was my first kitchen of my very own. We're looking back on our first apartments over at Apartment Therapy, and while looking back through old photos of mine, I came across this one of the kitchen:
Q: I have a quandary to crowdsource to your smart readers. I am moving halfway across the country from home and Hubs for a year for work (I'll come back a few weekends a month). I have to be pretty picky about what's worth lugging out there. I don't bake much, but I love to cook and eat just about any kind of cuisine. I'm pumped to be moving to the West Coast, Land of Magical Wintertime Farmer's Markets, so I want to be able to cook for myself and the occasional visitor or two.
So--from dishes and utensils to gadgets--what do you think are the absolute essentials?
We've talked in the past about a few ingredient staples that help us get dinner on the table faster. Here are a few more great pantry staples (no fridge, no freezer stuff here) that will help you throw meals together at a moment's notice.
Do you have a new cook or someone just setting up their kitchen on your holiday gift list? Perhaps a seasoned cook whose kitchen arsenal could use an update? Check out these 10 budget-friendly kitchen basics. No gadgets here! Just tried and true essentials.