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Kitchen Tool Talk: Three (More) of My Favorite Things, Spicy Edition

Gentle Readers, as you know, The Practical Cook enjoys making Indian food, and other dishes with some kick. One of the key elements is measuring out the ingredients and having them ready to toss into the recipe at a moment’s notice (read, mise en place). But how to accomplish this without growing extra arms?

Kitchen Tool Talk: Spicy Edition

Spice Jars, Pinch Bowls, Metal Spoons

Spice Jars, Pinch Bowls, Metal Spoons

1. Metal Measuring Spoons. Accept no imitations. If you use turmeric, ever, you’ll understand why I specify. I love that my measuring spoons are still attached by the ring they came on. Easy to find, like my own set of culinary Allen wrenches.

2. Glass Spice Jars with Labels. Years ago, I bought spices in the grocery store, like everyone else. I never used that much cayenne (well, I do now), and it would fade into nothingness. Now, I save the jars of yesteryear, and fill them with the far cheaper and fresher bulk spices from Whole Foods or the local Indian store. Commit to replacing your worthless spices with half as much fresh stuff. You’ll be shocked at the difference.

3. Metal Pinch Bowls. Though in a proper Indian kitchen one would have a multi-welled tray designed for holding various spices, I use this set of 6 small metal bowls I picked up at Macy’s years and years ago (thanks NYC) for well, almost everything. They wash, they’re easy to use, and they are perfect to line up next to the stove to grab and season in the approved order.

It’s not just Indian food that makes this items favorites, this picture is from yesterday’s Veggie Chili. If you season your food ever, the above tips can make your life simpler, and spicier. What’s not to love?

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Kitchen Tool Talk: Three (More) of My Favorite Things (Washing Edition)

This hot weather hasn’t slowed down the incoming veggies and fruits one bit. The Practical Cook is still waging a good fight with her overstuffed fridge, and there are some indispensable weapons in this war. So bring on the kitchen tool talk.

Three More of My Favorite Things

Colander, Salad Spinner, Metal Bowl

Colander, Salad Spinner, Metal Bowl

1. Colanders of All Sizes. Shown here is my small colander, the smallest in my trinity. Perfect for a quick wash of fruits and veggies, and shown here soaking broccoli. I use this colander every day, many times a day.

2. Salad Spinner. I love my OXO Salad Spinner. It’s reliable, large capacity, and easy enough for the Practical Cooks Junior to use, which they have been doing since age 2. Build enough time in to let your greens or lettuces soak in cold for a bit. It always makes cleanup faster. Spin your veggies dry, and store them in there in the fridge for quick use.

3. Medium Metal Bowl. Shown here as an impromptu basin for the colander, this is also my go-to for mixing burgers, salmon patties, etc. Toss it in the dishwasher, clean again. Simple, inexpensive, perfect.

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