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BASIC ASPIRING CHEF TOOLS & USES

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To be a chef, there are some basic and important tools that are very essential. These tools helps in making cooking or baking easy and time consuming. Below are tools which practically, every chef and aspiring chefs must need;

 

Wooden Spoon

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Wooden spoons are used for mixing. It is also used when cooking and stirring hot food.

 

SLOTTED SPOON

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Slotted spoon is used to stir foods that are in liquids. Also to separate the solid foods from the liquids when serving.

 

Wire Wisk

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It is used to whip eggs or cream. Also to add air to a batter. Note that it is not used with thick mixtures.

 

Rubber Scraper

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Rubber Scraper is used for mixing, folding soft ingredients. Also to remove ingredients from a bowl or plate.

 

Spatula

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Spatula are normally used by chefs to flip flapjacks or burgers. Also to serve bars and cake.

 

Peeler

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Peeler is used to remove the outer layer of fruits and vegetables.

 

Chef’s Knife

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It is an all purpose large knife, which is used to slice, mince, chop, cube and dice.

 

Paring Knife

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An all purpose small knife, used as an extension of the hand for small cuts, garnishes, paring or coring.

 

Butcher’s Knife

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It is a knife specifically used when cutting meats because of it’s thicker broad blade.

 

Serrated Knife

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It’s a knife that has a carved or hollowed out blade edge for use in cutting foods that are firm on the outside yet soft inside

 

Pastry Blender

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A Hand held utensil used to “cut” firm shortening or butter into small pieces while mixing with flour mixtures which is the first step in making most pastry

 

Rotary Beater

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It is a tool used to speedily mix or whip ingredients. … the fore-runner of the electric mixer

 

Rolling Pin

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A tool used to flatten dough for rolls, pizza, cookies or crusts.

 

Pizza Cutter

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cutting tool useful for cutting noodles, doughs, cooked pizza, etc

 

2 or 3 Tined Fork or Barbeque Fork

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It’s a Large fork with a heavy handle used for skewering meats or large pieces of food while they are hot.

 

Metal Spatula

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A small utensil like a knife but used often to spread frosting, level dry ingredients when measuring or slice butter.

 

Can Opener

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This is a device used to cut open metal cans using 2 blades and a rotating handle device.

 

Strainer

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Wire mesh container that is used to strain liquids away from solid ingredients or to separate and aerate dry ingredients like flour and powdered sugar.

 

Colander

 

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A bowl with holes to allow liquids to pass through. It is used to separate solid materials from liquids and washing vegetables and fruits.

 

Cookie Scoop

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This is a size of scoop used for making drop cookies, mini muffins or cupcakes.

 

Pastry Brush

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A tool used for basting baked goods with melted butter or brushing on glazes.

 

Measuring Spoons

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These are utensils for measuring small amounts of both dry and liquid ingredients accurately.

 

Dry Measuring Cups

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These are utensils for measuring various amounts of dry or sticky ingredients accurately. They must be filled to the top and leveled off.

 

Kitchen Shears

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A tool that is used to cut foods and materials used in the kitchen.

 

Liquid or Glass Measuring Cup

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This utensil is used to accurately measure liquid volume of ingredients. Often in both metric and American units.

 

Custard Cup

 

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It’s a small handy glass bowl that is used in the kitchen for breaking eggs, holding small amounts of ingredients or for small mixing jobs.

 

Sifter

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Sifter is a small device that is used to move dry ingredients across a screen area to remove any lumps and mix and aerate them.

 

Grater

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This is a cutting tool that is used to shred or grate foods like potatoes, cabbage, cheese or if the surface is fine, to zest lemons or ginger.

 

Blender

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Blender is an electric piece of cooking equipment that is used for fine chopping, grinding and liquefying ingredients.

 

Potato Masher

 

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This is a manual tool used to smash cooked fruits or vegetables into a puree, as for mashed potatoes, pumpkin, apples, etc.

 

Tongs

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It is a cooking utensil that is used to lift and hold foods while they are being cooked or served.

 

Meat Tenderizer

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It is a Hammer-like device that is used to pound thick portions of meat till they are thinner and more tender.

 

Pastry Wheel

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This utensil is used to both cut and or seal edges of pastry foods.

 

Cheese Slicer

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It is a simple device that is used to create evenly sliced pieces

 

Melon Baller

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This is a spoon-like utensil to make circular shapes from melons of all kinds as well as scooping and forming balls of various foods.

 

Egg Slicer

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It is a handy slicing device for hard cooked eggs, mushrooms, strawberries, etc, Which ensures even slicing.

 

Cookie Cutter

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This is a metal or plastic tool created to cut all sorts of shapes of doughs for interesting presentations.

 

Mixer

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This is an electric device that can vary the speed at which ingredients are mixed. Some models have specialized attachments for other tasks such as making pasta, grinding meat and freezing ice creams.

 

Mixing Bowls

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They vary in sizes and can be in metal, plastic or glass/ceramic

 

Cookie Sheet

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It’s a Thin, flat metal pan with no or only shallow sides used to bake a variety of foods.

 

Cake Pan

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This is a pan with taller sides which can be round, square, rectangular or have special shapes primarily used for preparing cakes and other desserts.

 

Pie Plate

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This can be a metal or glass or ceramic pan shaped, slightly larger at the top than the bottom for easier removal of a fruit filled pastry.

 

Spring-Form Pan

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It is a two-piece round baking pan, that is useful for cheese cakes and thick cakes because the bottom and sides separate from one another.

 

Wok

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This is a traditional oriental cooking pot with sloping sides and wide top for easy stirring while frying, steaming etc. It can be electric or stove-top models.

 

Double Boiler

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This is a pan that is used to gently cook foods in an upper pan while it sits above another pan of hot to boiling water.

 

Electric Skillet

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It is a useful appliance when space is not available for a stove top, or to give another cooking area in a kitchen. It can come with non-stick coating inside for easy clean up. Use for frying, steaming, warming and baking.

 

Saute Pan

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This is a smaller skillet used for cooking onions, garlic, peppers, mushrooms, etc in butter or oil. Also for making omlets.

 

Loaf Pan

 

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It is a baking pan that is traditionally used for bread-baking. Also, it can be useful for meatloaf, loaf cakes and banana bread. However, baking pan can be metal, glass or ceramic.

 

Sauce Pan

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This is a basic cooking pan with one handle. However, it comes in many sizes and materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, cast iron, glass and glass ceramic.

 

Pot

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It is a cooking container usually used on stove tops and ovens. It usually has two smaller handles and a heavy lid. Great for “pot roast”.

 

Tea Kettle

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This is a device that is used to hold hot water for making and pouring tea. It can be of metals, ceramic or glass.

 

Muffin Pan

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The pan is divided into many smaller sized compartments. However, it is used to hold foods so that they bake evenly and quickly; Often lined with paper liners.

 

Jelly Roll Pan

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This is larger, flat baking pan with shallow sides. It is used to make sheet cakes, bars and jelly roll cakes

 

Cooking Thermometer

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It is an essential device that is used to determine cooking done-ness, especially in meats. However, it can be metal inserted and read while cooking or an instant-read type. Also the types include Candy, Meat, Oven and refrigerator for food storage.

 

Knife Sharpener

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This device ensures that all blades are sharp for easy cutting and avoids few accidents due to dull knives.

 

Cutting Board

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Cutting Board is a protective tool that is used for cutting. This way counter tops are not marred. However, it can be sanitized and stored in a dry place.

 

Pot Holder

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This Keeps the chef’s hand safe from hot pots and pans.

 

Casserole Dish

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This is a Glass or ceramic baking container, often with a matching lid.

 

Cooling Rack

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It is a metal or wood device that is used to raise hot foods from the counter top so that they will cool or dry more quickly due to the air circulation

 

Pizza Pan

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It is a pan that is used specifically for baking larger round dough creations.

 

Skewer

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These are long cooking rods, that are used for impaling meats, vegetables and fruits

 

Funnel

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This ia a device that is used for pouring liquid into a narrow opening etc.

 

Garlic Press

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It is a tool that is used for crushing garlic cloves quickly and easily.

 

Juicer

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This is a device that is used for easy extraction of juice from citrus.

 

Ladle

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Ladie is a large deep spoon  that is used to serve soups, stews, punch and sauces.

 

Pastry Cloth

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It is a Cotton woven cloth used when rolling out pastry. Used under the dough and rubbed with flour to prevent sticking. It can also be used to help move or roll dough.

 

Piping Bag

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It is a Cloth or plastic container for whipped cream, meringue, frosting or other soft ingredients. It enables the cook to gently squeeze the ingredients through a tip. However, it also controls the rate of flow and position of the food when garnishing, decorating cakes and pastries and filling containers.

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