Top Five Kitchen Tools

photo credit/Alfonso Pierantonio

photo credit/Alfonso Pierantonio

I am a college student. As I do not eat top ramen for every meal (as far as I can tell, the college-student-who-lives-on-top-ramen is a myth, but that’s a conversation for another day), it is necessary for me to have some basic kitchen implements. These are the ones that I use the most.

5. A Cheese Grater

Not only can this guy be used to grate cheese (a worthy endeavor on its own), it can grate just about everything else too: vegetables, ginger, nutmeg, orange and lemon rind, garlic, your finger. I would not recommend that last one though.

4. Silicon Spatula

Use it for sautéing, use it for scraping. It’s multi-purpose, easy to clean, and won’t melt or flake all over like the plastic ones.

3. A KitchenAid

I feel like this one is cheating a bit because your average college student isn’t going to have a KitchenAid. I acquired this one last year and I will never be able to live without it again. I make a lot of bread and probably too many ‘Suddenly, I Need Cookies’ Cookies (that’s when you realize you need cookies right now so you throw some together with whatever happens to be in your cupboard) so between me and my housemates, the KitchenAid is used almost daily.

2. An Air Popcorn Popper

See: your average college student is more likely to live off of popcorn than ramen. It’s faster and it’s easier to eat.

For the most part, I detest one-use gadgets that take up space on my counter and in my drawers (I’m looking at you, weird rolling garlic thing) but a popcorn maker is the exception. Need a snack? Don’t have time to make dinner? Have popcorn. It’s fast, it’s easy, it’s more or less not bad for you!

1. A Silpat

A silicon mat that hangs out in your cookie sheet and eliminates the need to slather oil all over anything you bake? Sign me up! I got one of these for Christmas and use it even more than the KitchenAid. It can be used to bake my other favorite snack, potato wedges with hot sauce, or for rising bread, making cookies, whatever. It’ll take just about anything I throw at it (sometimes literally, in the case of making pita bread) and so far it works as well as the day I got it.

Bianca is an almost-graduate of George Fox University. She is an amateur mycologist, fermento and pepperhead, and she could really go for a cup of coffee right about now.

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