What You Need in a Gourmet Kitchen
The best way to choose what you need in your kitchen is to first decide what it is you will be cooking in there. The best suggestion I ever heard on this matter is to find five dishes you really love. The dishes you like to find on menus at restaurants. The next thing you need to do is learn to prepare those dishes to your standards. This will take some time, and some study, but I guarantee you it's well worth the effort.
They state that professional cooks do not like to talk about the way that they prepare a disc or recipe, and I find this to be a fallacy the majority of the time. People generally love to talk about what they do, and revel in appreciation for their hard work. So don't be afraid to ask, politely, a chef he makes a specific dish or what's in the recipe. Keep the question overall, and you could be amazed about the hints you can grab from a very simple question. If she does not want to share her knowledge, thank her and be on your way. Its not like you can not find out from several other sources what's in a particular dish and how to prepare it. No harm no foul. The majority of the time I get great results by paying attention to the chef if only taking a glance in his knives and baskets.
Every one of our five dishes will have a few nuances concerning the items required in their own creation. But there are some principles we need in our kitchen regardless of what we will put on our house menu.
The first item on the list is a set of great cooking knives. You can not do much without cutting and chopping. A set of knives is always worth the cost. Generally they last forever. When ever I get offered something like a"life time warranty" I constantly wonder"my life?" However, in the case of a nice pair of cutlery we do not need to worry about things like this. At the higher echelons of cooking, a chef's set of knives is part of the job interview procedure.
When you look at chef knives, you'll see they generally have a huge triangular blade which tapers into a"centre tip", meaning both the back of the knife and the blade are detachable to meet in a point at the tip.
This blade shape is ideal for allowing the blade to rock back and forth on the tip (using it as a fulcrum) when you're chopping. It's a great all-around, all-purpose knife for most of your kitchen. They are inclined to be a little hefty, 6 to 10 inches long with the hottest being 8 inches. When you've not purchased or managed on on a regular bases, begin with an 8 inch chef's knife and get used to how it feels before moving on to something larger.
Another choice you'll need to decide on is if you need a German or French style chef's knife. The French version has a thinner and longer blade which is better for slicing while the German design is wider and shorter and better for chopping. To help you make this choice, check your list of five dishes and determine what you're going to do the most of. Make sure that the knife has a secure grip and a great feel in your hand, you're searching for balance. The grip should be riveted to the blade. Those would be actual rivets, not the painted on kind.
The upcoming items we're likely to need are a fantastic set of pots and pans. Which pots and pans could most likely be determined by our list of five meals we made before. However, the pans should be of superior quality. We don't need a bad'non-stick' application flaking off and destroying our dinner. There are loads of things we can do to destroy our own dinners, we do not wish to be required to be worried about our Cookware.
You need pots and pans made from stainless steel or heavy-gauge aluminum with non-oxidizing surfaces. The bottom of the pan should be flat and thick on both the inside and outside for improved heat efficiency. You also need handles that are riveted to the pan not welded and surely no plastic grips. The lids should fit snuggly. The most important aspect however is the way they feel in your hands. Pick them up and manage them. Just because some resilient gourmet stated they were the best does not mean you're going to love using them.
You probably need a fantastic spice grinder. You may already have an electric grinder to your coffee beans and these are excellent, but do not use the exact same one for your own spices. Mornings have enough openings.
As soon as you've got these fundamentals, start going through your recipes and keep in mind the methods you need to use to get them ready. The rest of your kitchen will fill out from there.