But just this past weekend, I found myself with 18 pounds of brisket, 22 pounds of ribs, and 20 pounds of pork shoulder, all of which required a rub before an all-nighter of barbecueing before the Fourth of July. That's an awful lot of grinding, and for times like those, it calls for breaking out the big guns: an electric spice grinder. For all intents and purposes, a spice grinder and a coffee grinder are essentially the same rebranded product, so we won't distinguish between them in our comparisons.
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A good wok is one of the most versatile pans in the kitchen. Beyond being the best choice for a stir fry, it's also the ideal vessel for deep-frying, steaming, and indoor smoking. But as with most things, not all woks are created equal. They come in a dizzying array of sizes, shapes, metals, and handle arrangements. Fortunately for all of us, the best woks also happen to be on the inexpensive end of the scale. Here are some things to consider when you buy one.
This week we start dipping into the realm of countertop appliances, and as far as usefulness goes, the food processor elbows for the top slot right along side the stand mixer. The thing about food processors is, they ain't cheap. What could be worse than shelling out three figures for an appliance that either doesn't do its job, or is so cumbersome to use that it ends up as just another place to practice your dusting?
Here are the last five items you need to round out your hand tool collection. If you've read through the first and second guides and have got all the items on the list, you've officially got a well-stocked kitchen. That's assuming you've got pots, pans, tools, and all those other fun things we'll be covering in the future.
In the second installment of our guide to essential kitchen hand tools, we cover a few more of the basics.
Every cook has to start somewhere, and the cheapest place to start is with your small tools. These are the hand tools that should be constantly by the side of your stove top, ready to stir, whisk, flip, or pick up any food item at moment's notice. As the list is long, we're dividing it into three parts. These first 7 are the most essential.