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!