More Essential Kitchen Equipment

Published July 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.

We rounded up equipment review winners and made a list of kitchen tools that every well-stocked kitchen should have.

Overview:

12-Inch Slicing Knife

Ensures supremely thin, even slices of roast beef, turkey, and smoked salmon. Our winner has a tapered, razor-sharp blade that is long and wide enough to draw through a large roast in one stroke.

Salad Spinner

We prefer the one-handed pump action of the OXO spinner to models with cords or levers.

Microplane Rasp Grater

Useful for foods with round or irregular shapes, which don’t grate as easily on a box grater—think Parmesan cheese, citrus, chocolate, and ginger. Our favorite is exceptionally sharp for quick, ultra-fine grating.

Wooden Spoon

We want our wooden spoons to be lightweight yet durable, with a comfortable handle, a broad bowl, and thin edges to stir and scrape effectively.

Slotted Spoon

Indispensable for scooping food out of pots of boiling water. Choose one with a deep bowl, plenty of holes, and a lightweight design.

Ladle

Look for stainless steel (plastic stains and can melt on the stovetop) and make sure the handle is long enough to reach deep into pots—at least 9 inches. Our top choice has a… read more

12-Inch Slicing Knife

Ensures supremely thin, even slices of roast beef, turkey, and smoked salmon. Our winner has a tapered, razor-sharp blade that is long and wide enough to draw through a large roast in one stroke.

Salad Spinner

We prefer the one-handed pump action of the OXO spinner to models with cords or levers.

Microplane Rasp Grater

Useful for foods with round or irregular shapes, which don’t grate as easily on a box grater—think Parmesan cheese, citrus, chocolate, and ginger. Our favorite is exceptionally sharp for quick, ultra-fine grating.

Wooden Spoon

We want our wooden spoons to be lightweight yet durable, with a comfortable handle, a broad bowl, and thin edges to stir and scrape effectively.

Slotted Spoon

Indispensable for scooping food out of pots of boiling water. Choose one with a deep bowl, plenty of holes, and a lightweight design.

Ladle

Look for stainless steel (plastic stains and can melt on the stovetop) and make sure the handle is long enough to reach deep into pots—at least 9 inches. Our top choice has a drip-preventing pouring rim.

Fine-Mesh Strainer

Comes in handy for dusting a tart with powdered sugar or turning cooked raspberries into a seedless sauce. Also makes an excellent stand-in for a sifter. We prefer an ergonomic handle and deep bowl.

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