Do you appreciate having good tools? With the biggest shopping day fast approaching, you may be anticipating taking advantage of some great deals out there. If you live in my hometown, a favorite local culinary shop The Kitchen Engine is opening extra early (7 am) for Black Friday with some great door buster deals. Not only will you get low prices on selected items but they are offering an additional 15% store wide. Click here for the full scoop. Take note that they have an amazing price on a Shun knife. Talk about having good tools, a good knife is a must. If you are in the market for a new knife, either for yourself or as a gift, this is a killer (no pun intended) deal.
I compiled a list of great tools any cook would love judging from what I see people who have been in my classes are interested in. These tools range in price from under $4.00 to $450.00. They have one thing in common. They make fresh food preparation easier and who can argue with that?
Here we go:
1. Silicone Garlic Peeler; here’s a useful tool for under $5.00! If your favorite cook uses fresh garlic, this does the job of peeling the garlic quickly. A great stocking stuffer.
2. The Apple Master; any recipe requiring peeling and coring apples, this is the tool to use. Every fall we put 10 apple pies in the freezer complete with crust and this tool makes the entire production (yes, it’s a production) much easier. Also great for applesauce and apple butter. Look for Norpro or White Mountain brands. Under $30.00.
3. A small salad spinner – I use it for cleaning fresh herbs that are often too fragile to handle. Once cleaned and dried, they stay fresh, in the spinner and stored in the fridge. It’s very handy. I use it for cleaning parsley, cilantro, basil, thyme, and smaller bunches of greens like watercress. A must for the herb gardener. Under $23.00
4. A large salad spinner; fresh greens are a staple in our home and I use this regularly for not only cleaning lettuce, but other large leafed greens like chard, spinach, kale and collards. It makes the process of prepping greens for smoothies, salads or a side, much more efficient. Love it. Couldn’t live without it! Perfect for the gardener and those who eat a lot of green leafy vegetables. I’ve been through a few different brands and OXO large salad spinner outlasts them all. Under $30.00
5. A jelly roll pan; not necessarily for baking cakes, but for roasting veggies. I actually bought mine years ago for this Chocolate Peppermint Roll, but I use it at least 3x a week in the fall and winter for roasting vegetables like in this Brussels sprouts recipe here or this cumin roasted sweet potato recipe here. The Kitchen Engine has one on special this Black Friday for $9.99. Such a deal!
6. Pie baking splatter guard; only $6.99 plus 15% off if you shop this Black Friday 7 am – 4 pm, this is the pan that helps keep your oven clean while baking a fruit pie. I have 2 that are often in use when I whip out one of our homemade frozen pies. Take note all you cooking friends from my Holiday Pies Class. This one’s for you 🙂
7. Immersion Blender-I use this tool for making salad dressings in a mason jar, puree-ing soups, and making sauces. It saves on dirty dishes because you can puree in the container your cooking in. It’s handy, easy to use and easy to clean. Cuisinart under $40.00.
8. A good vegetable cutting knife; before 911, I would take my favorite knife with me when travelling. They become your best friend; dependable, comfortable and you get to know each other real well. They make vegetable prepping more enjoyable because they do their job so well. This is the time to take advantage of The Kitchen Engines great sale, whether your buying it as a gift or for yourself.
9. Vita-Mix- I can’t say enough about this amazing blender! It gets a daily workout making green smoothies that every one of all ages loves! It’s obviously great for other things too, but the Vita-Mix makes green smoothies better than any other blender on the market. Spend the money and get one. You won’t regret it. From $450.00.
10. Bread making machine; good quality bread has gotten so expensive but when baking your own, you can bake whole grain bread for under $1.00 loaf! The Kitchen Engine is offering their Bosch machine for $299.99, that’s $100.00 off the normal price. We’ve had our Bosch for 35 years, and while raising our big family, I was using it on an average of 2x a week for bread and cookies. Definitely worth the investment if your family goes through a lot of bread.
If you are looking for a bread machine with a gluten-free setting, you can find one of those also.
And there you have it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,