European Kitchen Essentials
Europe is home to some of the greatest recipes and tastiest foods in the world. The Italian pasta, French soufflés, and Spanish Sangria, all sound the menu items of a scrumptious meal prepared by expert diligence and the right tools in the kitchen. Here is a reference guide to know the European Kitchen Essentials for a newbie in the cooking arena.
The essential European kitchen tools are listed as below:
Pots and Pans
You surely cannot think of Italian food sans pasta. So to cook the pasta right, a lot of water is also required. This will require a pot that is quite big. Say if you plan to cook a pound of noodles, a 5 gallon container would suffice the need. Some cooks prefer containers that are even bigger in size i.e. up to 8 gallons. Anti-adhesive pots and pans or the ones made or iron or copper always grace the countertops in a French kitchen. Some common pots and pans are the Asparagus steamer, a chestnut roaster, a couscoussier that is a traditional Moroccan pot used to steam couscous in it, a crepe pan, a Dutch oven that is quite common in an American kitchen too, and a roasting pan as well.
To drain pasta and vegetables, Colander is used. It is important to use the colander of the right size to rinse the amount of food you want. It comes in different types of materials ranging from copper, aluminum and plastic but what really matters is the size of the equipment.
Make sure that you use ladles that have sufficient capacity to be used for sauces and soups. Also, since a lot of dishes amongst European cuisine require them, make sure that you have a lot of ladles stacked in your kitchen. You could prefer to use ladles with flat, diamond shaped bottoms for better pouring or its stainless steel or melamine types.
A large chef’s knife and a Paring knife the most important utensils in a European kitchen. You could purchase a serrated bread knife or sharpening steel too. Just make sure that you purchase high quality cutlery like the Japanese cutlery is well known for its precision and durability, because every European cook is highly cautious about these two factors. For ease of work, many other knives and choppers can be included in the knife set. These are the Berceau commonly known as the mezzaluna, Cheese knife, Chestnut knife, French fry cutter, Mandolin, Meat cleaver, Oyster knife and the poultry scissors.
These are clay baking dishes which have the capability to retain heat for a long time and hence are used for slow cooking. These come in various sizes. Individual ramekins can hold personal size flan servings which is Spanish custard.
Sangria is a Spanish beverage and the special pitchers used to hold it are called Sangria pitchers.
It is a type of a basket that is used to provide structure to sourdough breads during proofing. The bread is removed from these baskets before baking. Traditionally made of wicker, these baskets are available nowadays as made up of silicone or plastic. Also, couches’ or proofing cloth can be used to proof dough on or underneath. These are usually made of linen and other coarse material to aid the proofing process since the dough does not stick to it.
A cheese grater is an essential preparation tool in an European kitchen. You could prefer to use the traditional four-sided tower shaped grater or go for a flat, handheld type. To prevent any accidents like avoiding cuts on fingers, one could use the rotary version of the grater instead of the handheld tool.