There are always kitchen gadgets and gizmos that I think would be SO cool to have, but at the moment, there are a couple of basics that I am interested in adding to my kitchen tool arsenal. I have no idea where to start as far as brands, features, etc. So, any help that you all can offer would be truly, truly appreciated.
- I would really like to have a good digital kitchen scale for baking. There are some recipes where measuring by weight is so much more accurate than volume. Don’t believe me? Measure one cup of flour, then have your neighbor measure one cup of flour. Now, weigh each cup on a kitchen scale. The fluctuation can be profound! It’s because some people are “scoop” measurers (which packs the flour into your cup) and others are “sprinkle and level” measurers (the cooking school “correct” method, by the way, for accuracy in most recipes). The variance in these methods can be critical in some recipes, especially if you don’t know the kind of measurer the author was. Weighing out flour in grams, insures you get the same amount every time and the same result from your favorite recipes. It would have to be large capacity and have a good tare function and consistent accuracy. Yup, I really do need a good kitchen scale.
- I’ve been a hold out on buying a food processor for years, and until recently, didn’t feel the need for one. I have an amazing blender attachment for my Bosch that I have used with good success. 750 watts of raw power has been more than adequate for anything I’ve done, to date. However, I am finding that some of the recipes I have tried lately, just don’t work as well in the quantities I want to make and that the shape of the blender pitcher is not as handy or efficient as the bowl of a food processor would be. Two things a food processor would have to have are: 1) a large capacity and 2) power. I need plenty of space for larger recipes and I don’t want to worry about burning up the motor if I’m working on a stiffer product.
So, which brands do you use? Do you love it? Hate it? What would you recommend? I really need your input on this one. Maybe I’ll find some to review. Thanks so much for all your help! You guys are awesome!!