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Here are some additional tips since I last wrote about Kitchen Essentials:

for prior blog see:

- Blender - I think I have finally found a blender I like. I just recently purchased the Kitchen Aid blender that I found at Costco ($60) and it is so much quieter than the other ones I have had. I have not made chutney in it or ground dhal - which will be the real test. But, this certainly beats the Cuisinart that I had before.

- Pressure Cooker - My old pressure cookers (one from my mom that is probably 20 years old and another one from India) were put to rest. Both of them were aluminum and I have since been told that cooking in aluminium is not good. I guess the reaction of the metal and foods are not good for the body. I can't remember the specific scientific details so if anyone has them please feel free to comment. I also was told that many of the aluminum pressure cookers from India are made with lead - which obviously is not a good thing! So stainless steel is the way to go. I just bought a Fagor and so far it works wonderfully!

That's it for now. More later as I discover more essential gadgets.

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Ganesh.Dutta's picture
smiling blog...........
shantihhh's picture
Most important in your kitchen are great knives, quality knives that hold an edge!
joanne.cain's picture
I agree.. the most important kitchen tool you need is a SHARP KNIFE! I love, love, love Ken Onion Shun Knives. They're Japanese and they hold their edge. You don't have to sharpen them in the first year you have them.. and I use my regularly and they can still cut paper. They're pretty pricey but if you're going to spend money on anything, a sharp, quality knife is worth it!! Don't go all gimeky on me and buy a garlic press or brown sugar clay block saver.. geez.:) -Jojo
shantihhh's picture
I so agree invest in quality knives like Global and even Kyocera which I also love. Why do you think chefs even carry their own knives everywhere they go? Most important kitchen tool there is a realllly good knife that feels good and is well balanced. I have top end Henkles, Global and Kyocera knives. The importance of hand fit and excelent blade is of the utmost importance. Remember you get what you pay for!
joanne.cain's picture
Globals are nice. I use my 10in Chef's knife at school everyday... -Jojo
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