There’s nothing more frustrating than not having the right tools to do a job.
- Pots – I like having both a medium and large sized pot (one for general use and another to make stock, stews, chilli, soups, etc.)
- Pans – if you have the money, spring for a cast-iron, if not at least a good quality stainless steel and a non-stick.
- Chef’s knife – really, you need something sharp
- Paring knife – for pealing
- Oven mitts
- Wooden spoons
- Slotted spoon
- Vegetable peeler
- Can opener
- Oil bottles – nothing more annoying than pouring too much oil and having to dump out oil – get yourself a bottle with a spout
- Salt cup – I prefer to have my salt in a little cup that has a lid, rather than using a shaker – which tends to build moisture if you’re shaking over a steaming pan or pot; also gives you greater control on quantity.
- Pepper grinder – everyone needs fresh ground pepper
- Zester/Grater – for lime/lemon zest and grating cheese
- Whisk – to impress your date with meringue or some baked goods
- Metal bowls – I use these general purpose bowls for everything from marinating meats to mixing salads
- Decanter – aerate your good wines at least 3 hours before serving
- Coffee grinder – not only to grind your fresh coffee beans, but also to grind up pesto sauces or curry mixes
- Air-tight containers – I use these vacuum-seal containers to store various spices and coffee beans
Some ideas on where to shop for cookware in Vancouver:
- Dunleavy Food Equipment – This warehouse on 7th and Manitoba is catered to those in the food business, but it’s open to the public and you can save yourself a few dollars by purchasing at wholesale prices.
- Ming Wo – I’ve picked up some good deals on contemporary square bowls that have always received great compliments.
- The Gourmet Warehouse – Hastings – good selection of stuff
- Home Sense – good deals on named-brand stuff