If you’re a beginner cook, these are the 12 tools you need to get started. Or if you’ve been cooking a long time, you may want to simplify and pare down to these basics.
Keep kitchen shears handy to mince small amounts of herbs, chop canned tomatoes, trim fat from meat, trim skin from poultry, and make slits in bread dough.
Watch our how-to video on using kitchen shears.
Use a peeler to remove the skin from both vegetables and fruits. Select one with a comfortable grip and an eyer to removed potato eyes and other blemishes on vegetables and fruits. It’s also handy for making Parmesan cheese shavings and chocolate curls.
See our how-to video on shaving chocolate.