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Stocking the Kitchen with Useful Gadgets for Healthy Cooking

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Stocking the Kitchen with Useful Gadgets for Healthy Cooking

Have you been through Williams-Sonoma, Target, Macy’s, or Sur La Table to see their featured kitchen gadgets? If you are a zealous cook, and have a love for being in the kitchen to cook for others or just to relieve stress, then you can’t help but search out and admire the latest tools of the trade, in this case the most necessary kitchen gadgets.

After you have eyed all of those gadgets, you ask which ones do I really need? Here is a look at four of the most useful kitchen aids that we think will help make your cooking and baking time in the kitchen more of a breeze.

Microplane Grater

The Right Kitchen Gadgets for Healthy Cooking -microplane and box grader

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Microplane graters are very useful for grating a verity of foods , like nutmeg, cheese, and zest from citrus fruit. The microplane is etched instead of stamped, like the box grater is.

The microplanes etched edges are razor sharp, grating the food items even finer, then the the smaller stamped grater side of the box grater.

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Citrus zest is a healthy way to add seasoned flavor to your favorite recipes. The microplane can easily zest any citrus rind without piercing the pith.

Try a side of steamed or roasted rainbow carrots, sliced and mixed with ginger syrup and the zest of an orange.

A microplane will also grate the perfect chocolate shavings for a cake, or some hard Asiago cheese to grate over your favorite pasta or even a pizza.


Immersion Blender

Immersion Blender

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The immersion blender allows you to puree nutritious soups and dips without straining your wrist.

Some of the hand held blenders have multi-speeds making it easier to work on thick or denser concoctions, taking only 90 seconds to puree thick soups like split pea and ham , or chunky spaghetti sauce into a pureed spaghetti  sauce.

A handheld immersion blender saves you time, as you don’t have to get your blender out to puree the soup or other food items, and less clean-up.

Angled Measuring Cup

angled measuring cup by OXO

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An angled measuring cup by OXO makes measuring foods that are easy to underestimate when cooking or baking, such as flour, cooking oils, pasta, cereal, and nuts.

The angled measuring cup has measurement markings visible from above, making it easier to add accurate amounts of ingredients to your cooking or baking and eliminating the need to examine amounts at eye level.




Colored Flexible Cutting Boards

Sanitation is important when using cutting boards. Bacteria can reside in grooves produced by cutting, or in liquids left on the board, either it be a wooden or plastic cutting board.

Colored Flexible Cutting Boards

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Bacteria or allergens can easily be transmitted from one part of the kitchen to another or from one food to another by way of cutting knives, hands, or surfaces such as chopping boards.

To reduce the chance of cross contamination, why not use flexible cutting boards, which are of different colors for use with different types of food such as raw meat, cooked meat, dairy and vegetables.

Many professional kitchens follow this standard color-coding system.

Blue cutting boards: raw fish

Red cutting boards: raw meat

Green cutting boards: vegetable, salad and fruit

Yellow cutting boards: raw poultry

Brown cutting boards: cooked meat

White cutting boards: dairy (also for universal if no other board is available)

Remember that stocking your kitchen with the appropriate tools of the trade doesn’t have to be expensive. Shop around and investigate and read up on product reviews, such as those done by Good House Keeping , Eating Well, Consumer Search , with the reviews posted on their websites.

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11 thoughts

  • March 4, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Good ideas as long as the space doesn’t become too cluttered. Than I gat confused! 🙂

    • March 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

      Hey Rodger, most of the new modern kitchen gadgets are able to be put away and out of site. So no real clutter. But let Aaron know about this post as he likes to cook, and can appreciate the smaller kitchen gadgets that can help save time and less mess and clean up. 😃

  • March 4, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Great article. Time to get that long-overdue micro-planer!

  • March 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    I just convinced my old fashioned husband to use the immersion blender I bought a month ago. 🙂

    • March 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      My wife is the same. I buy all of the gadgets, but I am the only one to use them.

      What does he think about the Immersion now that he had used it? 😃

  • March 9, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Thanks! I see a few things that I can maybe get hubby for the kitchen. We do have that measuring cup already. I love it!

    • March 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Yes a man needs those tools of the trade to keep him interested in the kitchen and not find it boring 😃

      I like your new Avatar RoSy! 😃

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  • January 10, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    I love your advice to have multiple cutting boards for different foods to avoid cross-contamination. My mom has a lot of old cutting boards that look a little worse for wear and she wants to get a few new ones that look a bit nicer so she can use them to plate food as well. We’ll have to look into finding a place that sells some nontraditional cutting boards to help her look at her options.

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