There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.
Today: It's time to tackle what kitchen tools you need in your arsenal.
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A mortar and pestle makes a great pesto, and we know it's possible to whip cream with a fork, but sometimes we're looking for a less intensive table-top workout. With multiple helpful prep gadgets at our disposal, why not use them to our advantage? A food processor is quite useful, and we couldn't live without our favorite knives, but we also don't want to overcrowd our kitchens -- which tools should we give priority to?
A mandolin might not be necessary, ChefJune uses her food processors for all slicing tasks.
If you do pick up a mandoline -- for perfectly thin slices fennel and zucchini like Asherl -- according to aargersi, it doesn't need to be an expensive model, just be careful and wear protective gloves.
Multiple members of the community recommend having dedicated spice grinders. Electric coffee grinders work well too, just be sure to clean it regularly.