TOOLS FOR THE CHEF IN YOU



STATE OF THE KITCHEN 2017

GET PAST THE HYPE
The newer pots and pans today are both different in design, production process and materials. It's not as simple as your mothers Farberware.  Farberware is still OK and has a lot more competition, but it’s not the same company, not the same product as in yesteryear.  

I have somewhere buried in my collection two of my mothers Farberware, like a  3 qt and a 5 qt., easily from the early 50’s.  They look like new.  Six decades of service.  If you buy good, you have to buy less.  Not the case today where a high percentage of profit goes to a celebrity cook or endorser or commercials rather than quality.


BUT WAIT - TV OFFERS and HOME SHOPPING
TV is the lamp that attracts the moths.  Its simple,  the expression not sold in stores indicates if you held it in your hand as you saw what a cheap piece of junk it was, you would probably pass and there is another side to that.  And when they gave you two for one, the value of what you just committed to decreased by 50%.   There is no garbage on this website.  The free garlic chopper you get with the TV offer has been around in various incantations for forty years on the TV and the cost net from China is about a $1.50 regardless of color.

The other part of the scam is the “Not available in stores” because there is none of the product in the United States. The clue, “ Unless you live in a cave” is the three to four weeks delivery.  Without inventory, and un-tariffed direct sale to China keeps cost down because of no warehousing and personnel costs.  And direct from China to your door means when the last one goes out so does the lifetime warranty.

This site is just about the things you wanted to know about the tools of the trade and what works and what doesn’t.  Cooking is divided into three categories of equipment called the three "C"s.  They are Cutting, Cookware and Contraptions.  It's as simple as that.  You cut, you cook, you decorate and serve.  

And I try to discover the best around and the gear you don’t want to buy. And surprise, they will fool you, as a name marketed years ago as a leader in quality culinary supplies is the junk bond, penny-stock dealer of today.


CELEBRITY COOK SYNDROME
And like everything else the cooking phenomena has been eclipsed by the Celebrity Cook syndrome, AKA "The Endorser".  If they can stuff it in a bag and put his or her name on it and it sells, they have been successful.  Just like Congress on a smaller scale.  Thats another thing I write about. 

The pseudo culinary arts tool aficionado, or for those on earth who like every gadget made and requires quite an assortment of kitchen tools and products finds when he gets into a good kitchen the skills are what make simple good cooking.   A good chef rarely brings more than his knives to the kitchen.  It’s his skills and knowledge of what he is working with, the results needed and good people to work with.

Tools, they are designed to hack, chop, blend, emulsify, whip, congeal, slice, dice, and destroy in some cases, good produce and meat.  In the following pages I will attempt hopefully with some sense of humor, and some Neosporin First Aid Creme and Band-Aids lend what directions to follow.  Pay careful attention to the growing list of the products which don't work and are garbage.


WHERE TO SHOP

I usually do not endorse businesses unless I specifically deal with them on an ongoing basis, these I do endorse and I receive nothing for my efforts from any of them and would not accept anything.  You can’t buy honesty, it’s never been canned.
Metro Kitchen, and Cutlery & More on line are used by many Chefs for their kitchen needs on line. Mercer Culinary has some of the best quality accessory items some of which you might didn’t know exist all in one catalog on line in PDF. Amazing tools you never even thought of...

There are others and most are good.  For the local home aficionado chef consumer the better lines are carried by Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Sur Le Table and these places are both in or near malls and on on-line establishments.   
Good stuff, high quality does cost more but I am using some 60 year old tools and pans my grandmother used.

Williams Sonoma is a high end store and you can get some great bargains through them if you are patient and know what to look for both in their store where you can see it and hold it and on line when they run a sale.  But the brand is the critical point and there are many,  but for the better Wusthof, and Shun. Nice selection , all lines.

Commercially, if we do a fund raising event or charitable show we sometimes bring the volunteer helpers tools, as gifts for their efforts and support.    GFS and Tramontina, (Costco from Brazil, not the Sam’s China knockoff) has some good pricing on knives for the restaurant trade, so does GFS.   All  mentioned are in reasonable price ranges.  

I do have  few exotics like a Kramer  ( eat your heart out) but they are strictly for my enjoyment.  That 100 dollar blade becomes 300 dollars when the handle is made of a rare bony nail from a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a tooth from the Mega Shark.

For the decorative table, Crate and Barrel also runs promos and I don’t think there is a finer collection of kitchen utensils and napkins, dishes, settings anywhere for the complete culinary experience and presentation.   They also have 20% coupons on the web or by mail.   Bed, Bath, and Beyond also has a nice selection of table toppers and kitchen accessories, especially OXO and they too have 20% coupons for one item.

More coming…I just have to find them…most of the big box chain stores are still selling offshore Chinese made with big Chef names and low end steel in the knives and pots.


       
           

                 

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