Chef Sandra’s Recommended Kitchen Essentials
Make Short Work in the Kitchen for More Time at the Table
All of the Kitchen Essentials listed below are products that Chef Sandra owns, uses, and recommends.
Having a well-equipped kitchen means making short work of time in the kitchen for the best part – tasty food and conversation around the table.
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Greener Chef Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board.
Bamboo! Pandas love it, so it’s gotta be awesome!
Global Chef’s Knife. Beautiful and handles as beautifully as it looks. The blade is made of Chromium, Molybdenum, and Vanadium. It’s ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell 56-58 degrees which holds the razor-sharp edge longer than any other steel.
Mercer Culinary Millennia Chef’s Knife, 8 Inch, Blue. A great starter knife that’s incredibly sharp AND inexpensive.
The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100
Blue Zones Kitchen Cookbook. This book features Chef Sandra’s recipe for Falafel Patties on Page 81!
Acacia Concave Cutting Board. Love, love, love! The best cutting board invention ever! With a slight indentation in the middle, this cutting board forever banishes the problem of juices running off your cutting board.
Lodge Cast Iron Round Griddle. For this I tossed my toaster (one less thing to clutter my counter with!). I toast bread, fry bacon, and anything else that can benefit from a flat surface.
AmazonBasics Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Bench Scraper. Such an invaluable aid… it chops! it scoops! it scrapes!
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned and Ready for Stove Top or Oven Use, 10.25″, Black
Utopia Kitchen 12 Inch Honing Steel Knife Sharpening Steel. Keeps your baby sharp as you go.
This Microplane Zester is a kitchen must have. Toss out whatever brand you’ve owned before. The Microplane brand is the bomb.
The Flavor Bible
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs. Mmm, tasty!
Food Grade Mineral Oil
Mineral Oil (8 oz.) by Pure Organic Ingredients. Gotta keep that wonderful board from drying out and splitting. Love your wood!
Edlund’s heavy-duty locking tongs. Perfect for picking up, flipping, grabbing everything in the kitchen except other people.
Don’t let the name mislead you. With just a bit of a give and it’s curled end, this spatula will become your go to for anything that needs a bit of finesse, like lifting a potato latke, turning a pancake, and yes, even a delicate piece of fish.
There’s no need to haul out the food processor to grate cheese. This heavy-duty grater has gone the distance in my kitchen. Bonus: It comes with a container that attaches to the bottom of the grater where all your grated goodies fall right into.
Don’t let the name fool ‘ya. This is the brand I use in my kitchen and it juices limes and lemons too.
Love, love, love these bags for keeping fresh produce fresh. Never store your produce in those plastic bags you get at the store again. Your beautiful produce will last much longer in these mesh bags because they can breathe. They clean up like a charm in the washing machine. Use them over and over.
This is my favorite paella pan! It’s the perfect size for feeding 4-6 people. It easily washes up with just hot water and can serve double duty in the kitchen whenever you need an extra cast iron around to saute or pan fry.