Sam of Becks and Posh is hosting the online event called Utensibility. By Friday, July 1st, we are to post about our favorite kitchen utensils, the items I just couldn't live with out. Two cost categories should be chosen. One which she describes as 'money no object' splurge kitchen gadget and, the second a smaller, cheaper item. In her announcement she suggested that we “wax lyrical” about the items chosen.
I have many kitchen gadgets as I am obsessed by all types of kitchen gear. The choice was very hard. At first I thought I’d write about my Wolf Range. I love it dearly, use it daily and feel like it is part of me. I then came down to earth and just thought about the basics. For this event I selected my Global Knives as a reasonable high dollar purchase. Yes, most foodies already have a set of very good knives and what kitchen could do without them. Anyway, I first decided to purchase these knives after reading Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain. He describes them as a “very good Japanese product that have--- in addition to their many fine qualities (lightweight, easy to sharpen and relatively inexpensive vanadium steel) —the added attraction of looking really cool.” Now he probably got some financial incentive for those fine words but regardless, I love the knives. Cost for an 8 inch chefs knife is about $86, a 5 inch utility knife is about $54 and a 4 inch paring knife will set you back $48.
My inexpensive everyday gadget is my professional corkscrew (also known as rabbit ears) for opening wine bottles. At $12.97 at Costco, what a bargain. The highlight of this gadget is that it makes removing the cork a simple and easy task.