Outfitting Your Kitchen Part One : Sharp Stuff and Machines

Hey buddies! 

Outfitting your kitchen?  Look no further!  Below is a list of essentials that I use and reference in my recipes.  These are my tried and true recommendations for you to use in your kitchen.  I grew up watching “Good Eats” and firmly adhere to the “no uni-taskers” rule.  No strawberry slicers, or breakfast sandwich makers here!  Yes, that is a thing and my significant other uses it every day at his office and it weighs on our relationship.  However, we all know rules have exceptions, so don’t blow up if one makes this list. If you do choose to purchase something, be sure to click the link associated (helps us keep the lights on!).  Happy cooking!

Sharp Stuff:

Suisin Inox Western-Style Gyutou 8.2" (21cm) - Right

This is my everyday knife. It has a good length, is fairly light, and the steel is stain resistant.

Togiharu Inox Steel Paring Knife

My everyday pairing knife. This knife has a 70/30 bevel blade so I let a professional sharpen it.

Wusthof Gourmet 7-Inch Fish Fillet Knife with Leather Sheath

For fishes. Nice flex, and you can do a good amount of work before it needs a sharpening. Oh yeah, you have to constantly sharpen your knives. Always, and forever. They're knives. And for god sakes use a stone, those pull through "diamond EZ SHARP" things make my skin crawl. Stop mutilating your steel!

UltraSource 449100 ErgoGrip Curved Boning Knife, 5" Flex Blade

Ever deboned anything? That shit is slippery. I like the grip on this and its easy to sharpen.

Mercer Culinary Millennia 14-Inch Granton-Edge Slicer Knife

Honestly this is what they gave us in culinary school and it works fine for slicing. I use it on occasion, and am happy that it's there.

Mercer Culinary Millennia 12-Inch Wavy Edge Slicer Knife

Ditto. Culinary school, used primarily for my weekly baguette. No judgements.

King Two Sided Sharpening Stone with Base - 1000 & #6000

Here's a helpful pdf from Korin on sharpening knives.

Knife Sharpening PDF
Wusthof 12-Inch Sharpening Steel

Sharpening is misleading. This is a honing steel. Honing realigns, and straightens the blade versus sharpening which shaves steel to give you a new edge.

Old Version Green Mandolin

I hate that this says "old version". Have they really improved on the design of the mandolin? But seriously, I use this thing almost everyday. This is what you'll find actual cooks in actual restaurants using. It's a work horse, and you'll have uniformity and balance in your kitchen. Amen.

Machines:

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black

Worth it. Sure, it's an investment, but you'll never buy another blender. Unless you own a restaurant, people abuse these, but for the home, you'll be fine.

Cuisinart FP-8SV Elemental 8-Cup Food Processor, Silver

Boy these sure do come with a lot of bells and whistles now a days. I like this one, I don't need 10 nesting bowls, I just use the one. But what if I'm making a small amount of pesto? Do it by hand, use a machine when you're working in bulk. Stop being a baby.

Gourmia GSV130 Digital Sous Vide Pod Immersion Circulator Precision Cooker - Includes Digital Timer - 1200 Watts - White - Includes Recipe Book

Join the future grandma! JK! This tech has been around for a while now but is finally being produced for the home scale. This is an inexpensive circulator, and it works just as great as any other 300 dollar model. It maintains temperature within one degree.

Nesco VS-02 Food Vacuum Sealer, Black/Silver

A modest option, just be careful with liquids.

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)

For big batches of hot soup, jam etc. Also helpful for hollandaises etc.