4 Kitchen Tools Worth Their Cost... and Why
With all the gadgets and kitchen tools available, affording them all and the ability to store them is unlikely. There are so many price points available for kitchen tools, from the dollar store to the highest end, uniquely designed gadget; it can be hard to decide how much to spend. When higher cost means durability, safety, and years or decades of use, these five items are well worth the price. Of course, you'll need to consider how often you use them as part of the decision-making process.
A good quality chef's knife is a must-have and worth every penny. Being one of the essential tools in the kitchen, a good quality knife will last decades if taken care of properly. The higher the cost, the better quality of steel for a blade that stays sharper longer. It's also easier to sharpen than the inexpensive options. Additional tip: take your time finding one that fits your hand naturally so you can cut, slice, and dice with ease.
Peugeot Pepper Grinder
Toss out the pre-ground pepper shaker and splurge on a Peugeot pepper grinder. Not only will your meals taste better, but you'll also have a grinder to last your lifetime. Peugeot is known for their high-quality parts and materials which provide a consistently-ground pepper. The mechanism itself is two parts, where the peppercorn is cracked, then ground. Most other grinders try to do both in one step, resulting in weirdly ground pepper.
Stainless Steel Cookware
Higher quality, well-made stainless steel may cost more, but it will last you a lifetime. The difference here from copper-bottom pots or inexpensive versions can be experienced in your meals. If you missed the caution on these lesser versions, most warn that cooking on high heat is a no-no. Partly, because it warps the pot, and partially because it can soften the metal. The higher quality pot, it will heat up more evenly without those concerns. If splurging for a set is out of the question, start with a 3-quart pot and 9-inch pan.
Nonstick Pans & Baking Sheets
Keep your sanity and stop replacing inexpensive nonstick products with the same thing. Higher quality nonstick options today will last for years, won't warp every time you use them (or virtually ever), are rust-resistant, won't lose their nonstick-ness (even in the dishwasher), and are cost-effective when compared to replacing items endlessly.
What tools do you prefer to spend your hard-earned cash on? Do you have a favorite cost-effective tool you've used for years? We'd love to hear from you, send us a line!