I titled this post 10 Kitchen Gadgets Every Kitchen Needs for a good reason; these gadgets are really things EVERY kitchen should have. So if you’re someone who loves the latest high tech gadgets, I apologize. They’ll be discussed in another post.
The ideal refrigerator temperature is 35°F (1.6°C). You’re not hugging the danger zone like you would be at 40°F (4.4°C), and you’re distancing yourself sufficiently from 32°F (0°C) that you don’t freeze half the stuff in your refrigerator. That said, the temperature within your fridge can vary rather significantly with normal usage.
Normally a domestic freezer is best set to −18 °C (0 °F) or colder, as that’s what the expiration dates for many food items are based on. It’s also a requirement for freezers in restaurants, supermarkets & other places that sell food (at least here in Europe) to maintain a temperature of at most -18 °C.
A general purpose domestic fridge should be at around 1-4 °C (so, just above the freezing point, and below 5 °C). Normally it’s not possible to set a fridge to 0 °C (at least not over here), but sometimes the temperature sensor doesn’t work as intended, especially if there is a freezer compartment that is heavily frosted.
Unless you have a brand new or regularly calibrated oven, chances are your oven’s temperature is not accurate. You may set it to 400 degrees, and it may tell you it’s at 400 degrees, but your oven is more often than not giving you false information. It might be off by just a little — mayby 10 degrees — but some are off by as much as 100 degrees.
While this might not seem like a big deal — you can just adjust the cooking time — you’ll be amazed at how much better your dishes taste when cooked at the right temperature. And when it comes to baking, accuracy is everything. Having an oven that’s off can destroy your baked goods, and baking is challenging enough as it is, so there’s no need to add another hurdle to the mix.
You can easily remedy this problem with an oven thermometer. Thermometers range from basic, inexpensive dials to more hi-tech digital probes. They’ll provide you with a much more accurate reading of what’s going on in your oven (and may make you a better cook). Check out a range of thermometers below.
Dry Measuring Cups:
In the not too recent past, home cooks often didn’t measure ingredients accurately. However, cooking is a science and accurate measurements do matter. There are two different types of measuring cups: one for dry ingredients and another for liquid ingredients. For the home cook, in most situations, using a dry measuring cup for liquids or a liquid measuring cup for dry ingredients, isn’t going to make a significant difference in the outcome, but it is best to use the appropriate type of measuring cup. for optimal results.
Liquid Measuring Cups:
A good vegetable peeler is an absolute must. You may think that you can just use a pairing knife, but the problem with that is that with a pairing knife there’s more waste, the project will take longer and you’re more likely to cut yourself. I’ve tried a lot of different vegetable peelers; some are good, some are okay, some are junk, but I only found one that I would classify as great and that is the Rösle 12735 Crosswise Swivel Peeler. The first time I used this peeler, I literally said “wow.” I was peeling carrots for chicken soup and I must have peeled four extra carrots because I was so amazed with how well it works. Not only does this peeler work well, but it feels good in your hand and it’s solidly made of stainless steel.