Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the tools I use in my cooking. What’s an olive oil mister? How can I cut potato slices thin for chips? Since I’m a little bit of a kitchen tool nerd, I thought I’d share some of the tools I use most often for my recipes on Oh My Veggies and why I love them. (And full disclosure, some of these are affiliate links.)
Why I Love It: If you don’t have a corn zipper, you are missing out. Knives leave so much of the kernel on the cob. The corn zipper gets the whole thing off.
Used In: Fresh Corn, Poblano and Cheddar Pizza
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Corn Zipper, $11.99 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: I’m sure you’ve noticed that many of my recipes call for cooking spray or oil from a mister. I love my mister! We used to go through so many cans of cooking spray before I bought it. Seriously, every kitchen needs an oil mister.
Used In: Easy Roasted Broccoli
Buy It: Misto Olive Oil Sprayer, $9.98 from Amazon.com
Safety Can Opener
Why I Love It: This can opener is the best thing ever. No, it’s not a fancy electric one, but it takes the lid of the can clean off the top. No sharp edges! No gross lids falling into the can! Best invention ever.
Used In: Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Slim Safety Lid Lifter, $13.99 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: A good microplane zester should be a staple in every kitchen. Before I got this, I was using a box grater–this is far, far superior.
Used In: Strawberry Mimosa Cupcakes
Buy It: Microplane Rasp Grater/Zester, $13.36 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: This is a little bit pricey, but if you use tofu a lot, it’s worth it. No more going through half a roll of paper towels to press your tofu–this little gadget will get the liquid out without all that hassle. You can also use it to squeeze the liquid from spinach!
Used In: Thai Red Curry with Asparagus and Tofu
Buy It: Tofu Xpress, $39.95 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: People ask me about the jars I use all the time. They’re adorable, right? They’re Weck Canning Jars and I buy them at Crate & Barrel. I love them for storing simple syrups, caramelized onions, and for preparing my overnight oatmeal.
Used In: Coconut Mango Overnight Oatmeal
Why I Love It: Baby skillet! Not only is it adorable, but it’s perfect for toasting small amount of nuts or seeds and frying sage leaves.
Used In: Sweet Potato Stacks with Crispy Sage Leaves
Buy It: Lodge Mini Skillet, $9.65 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: If you’re making cookies, galettes, or other baked goods, you can use a Silpat instead of greasing your baking sheet or lining it with parchment paper. Nothing sticks to it and clean up is oh-so-easy.
Used In: Honey & Nectarine Galette
Buy It: Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, $19.83 from Amazon.com
Why I Love It: I honestly think I use my garlic press almost everyday. I went through many, many cheap ones before I spent the money on a more expensive one. It was worth every penny, believe me!
Used In: Mediterranean-Style Rotini with Toasted Garlic Panko
Buy It: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press, $38.99 from Amazon.com
Now you know some of my favorite kitchen tools–I’d love to know what tools you use most in your cooking!