For those who know me, it’s no secret that I LOVE to cook for my family and friends, and spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Over the years, I’ve built up a decent kitchen arsenal of tools, and I’m happy to share them with you.
Handling Hot Food
When handling hot food, whether it’s to wrap your smoked brisket or pork butt to make it through the stall, or you’re pulling those drumsticks off a hot grill, I use two sets of gloves to protect my hands. The first is a white cotton glove that provides some insulation from the heat. Next, I cover it with black nitrile food-safe gloves. These are 5.5 mils thick, so in addition to protecting your reusable cotton gloves from the meat’s juices, they also provide just a bit more protection from the heat.
More things to protect my hands
I try to not buy multiple products that do the same thing, but in the case of thermal gloves, I like and use two different styles. One style is a more traditional oven mitt, made from silicone. The other has individual fingers, so you can more easily grab items. I also have a par of cut-resistant gloves. I love to use these when working with a cheese grater, and they’re great for knife-work as well.
When I buy a lot of food on sale, or cook a large piece of meat such as a brisket, pork butt, etc, I want to preserve the leftovers for as long as possible. This is where a vacuum sealing comes in. You can store your food longer in the fridge, or even up to 6-12 months in the freezer. These rolls bags last me maybe a year, and that’s with heavy use. As of this writing, both the vacuum sealer and bags are cheaper than I paid for them.
I love these OXO Good Grips measuring spoons and measuring cups. They’re magnetic, so storage is easy. The Pyrex glass measuring cups are an industry standard for liquids.
These non-stick pans are the workhorse of my stovetop. This All-Clad saucepan is a recent addition.