The beauty about Chef’s Plate is that anyone, with any level of culinary expertise, can put together a restaurant-worthy meal in minutes. The pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipe come right to your door, leaving you to simply prep, cook, garnish and enjoy.
That said, there are many ways—or should we say tools—to enhance your experience in the kitchen. We turned to some of Ottawa’s local kitchen supply stores to get the inside scoop on what products are fun, efficient and easy to use.
J. D Adam recommends …
Chef’n Switchit Spoon/Spatula ($11.95)
This silicone, heat-resistant utensil can act as either a spoon, or a spatula and comes in funky colours that will act as an eye-catching complement to your kitchen decor. Whether you’re making next week’s Mapo Tofu or stirring the Pink Peppercorn sauce, this is a must-have for chef’s of any skill level.
OXO Swivel Peeler ($9.95)
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to peel a vegetable with a dull, useless blade. The OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler has a sharp, stainless steel blade that promises to glide through even the most stubborn fruit and vegetable skins. The comfortable handle is also non-slip—lifesaving when your hands are wet and judging from the amount of vegetables that need peeling, this tool is a real life saver!
Ma Cuisine recommends …
Microplane Premium Classic Zester/Grater ($24.95)
Ma Cuisine insists this is one product that they always keep well stocked. This tool can grate or zest everything from hard cheeses, to garlic and fruit. It’s one of those kitchen gadgets you’ll find yourself constantly reaching for, no matter what is on the menu.
Kitchenalia recommends …
Chef’n Kale, Chard, Collard Greens and Herb Stripper ($11.99)
Love our kale recipes? This tool will save you a ton of time! New to Kitchenalia’s inventory, this tool will help you to strip kale, collards, chard and herb leaves from stems in seconds. The smaller rungs work with even woody herbs like fresh oregano, rosemary, thyme and tarragon. The hand-held design is easy to use, and will shave (pun intended!) minutes off your prep-work time in one simple step.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet 10.25 in ($41.99)
Kitchenalia insists that a Lodge skillet is not a cooking tool; it is an heirloom. This multi-purpose product can be used in and on the oven, on a barbeque, or over a fire. They will last decades and are the perfect vehicle to cook a wide variety of dishes – like next week’s Bavarian Steak!
C.A Paradis recommends …
De Buyer Mineral Country Pan 24 cm ($69.95)
Made in France, this line of pans is naturally non-stick and guaranteed to come without any coating. The organic, raw steel used in its construction is durable and will ensure high temperatures for browning and grilling – perfect for our seared peaches in next week’s recipes!
… for cooks that mean business. C.A Paradis was insistent that this is THE must-have kitchen tool for all chefs and one of their best sellers. Pulse, blend and purée to your heart’s content with the holy grail of food processors.
Knifewear recommends …
… Well, their knives. Nestled in the heart of the Glebe, Knifewear is part culinary supply store, part funky hard rock haven. Their knives are handmade, precision instruments and are considered “the luxury vehicle” of the kitchen-world. Made of much harder steel than traditional knives, these Japanese knives are sharper and stay sharper for longer. Varying in price, the Ottawa location offered three favourite suggestions (good, better, best) out of their expansive collection.
The Maskage Yuki ($179) is made of white, carbon steel, clad with stainless steel. The Masashi ($265) is made with an even harder SLD steel, for a step up. And finally, the Fugiwara Denka ($723) is Knifewear’s favourite knife and promises to strengthen your relationship with cooking and eating.
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