Today we’re checking in with Ashley Rodriguez, who writes one of our very favorite food blogs, Not Without Salt. We asked for a peek inside her kitchen to see how she works and to find out what tools she can’t cook without.
That is my kitchen in all its tiny townhouse glory. I didn’t even clean it up for you because I thought you should experience it the way it looks 99.9% of the time. I don’t even clean it up before guests come over because I want them to feel better about themselves. Nice of me, right?
I show you this picture because it will help you understand why I am going to only talk about a few kitchen items because the truth is I operate from a very sparse kitchen. No one-use items for me. Well, okay, we do have one of those apple slicer thingys but that is purely my husband’s doing.
First of all knives. Sharp knives. I recently had my knives sharpened and it is amazing how much of a difference it makes. Before that it had been an embarrassingly long time.
I like a great serrated bread knife, a chef’s knife and a paring knife or small chef’s knife. I’m not a fan of big knife sets because there are many knives that never get used. Again, limited space makes it easy to keep things real simple.
Let’s just stop right here for a moment so I can highly encourage you to add a cast iron skillet to your collection if you don’t have one. I fry in it, cook eggs in, sear meat in it then put it directly into the oven. It’s safer than a nonstick and yet, with a bit of care it releases food just as easily. I added one to my collection about 4 years ago and there has probably not been a day since when we haven’t used it.
Wooden spoons. They are practical, beautiful, fun to collect and what I used when I would cook with my mom. I have many wooden spoons.
Finally, stainless steel bowls. They are lightweight and come in many different sizes. They are what we used in commercial kitchens and what I still love to use at home. They take up very little space because they stack up so nicely and are much more durable than glass bowls.
So that’s basically it. Well, okay, there’s a bit more in my kitchen but those are the items that get used the most and the most important in my kitchen. These are the things that if I have them I feel as if I can cook anything.
Thanks, Ashley! Now what about you? What are the tools you need to feel like you can cook anything? Let us know in the comments!