My friends and family know me as a frugal cook. I can take a pound of ground beef and stretch it in many different ways. I tend to only buy groceries that are on sale or unless it is really needed. The same goes for my kitchen tools. I tend to buy things at thrift or discount stores. Most of the time, the items you can get at a discount store will work just for fine for a few years. A lot of the time I even use items that are not for the task but they will work perfectly. Like using a cleaned tuna can with both ends removed to make an egg ring.
There are, however, some things that even a frugal cook just needs to splurge on and buy new. The following are five things that are worth the extra money.
1. Pampered Chef Medium Scoop– This tool comes in handy in so many ways. My favorite is to make uniform cookies. One scoop equals one cookie. Perfect. It can also be used to make meatballs, scoop sorbet, and any other number of ways. You can find cheaper versions of this but they will not be as heavy duty as this one.
2. Quality Mixing Bowls– Mixing bowls are used for almost everything in my kitchen. I even use them as serving dishes sometimes. Since they are used so often, a higher quality is important. Metal is my preference but you can also get them in ceramic or glass. Steer clear of plastic. Plastic will stain and will not hold up for very long.
3. Metal Measuring Cups/Spoons– Now these ones you can possibly get at a discount store. You will want to look for ones that have the size etched into the handle. You also want ones that the handle is a little below the cup so that you can get an accurate measurement with things like flour. You do not have to go high end here but you do want quality.
4. KitchenAid Stand Mixer– No kitchen is completely without a KitchenAid stand mixer. You can get much cheaper stand mixer but they will not be anywhere near as good. KitchenAid is tough and has a great lifetime warranty. You can buy many different attachments for your mixer from a meat grinder to an ice cream maker. You can make almost anything with this mixer.
5. Pampered Chef Rubber Scrapers– I don’t think a day goes by that I don’t use my scrapers to scrap a bowl, mix cookies, or get the last of a sauce out of a jar. Having used both cheaper and more expensive versions, I have to say that it is worth the extra money. The Pampered Chef ones do not seem to stain as easily as the cheaper ones. They also seem to hold up better to abuse.
Pampered Chef Scoop: http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=238&catId=122&parentCatId=122&outletSubCat=&viewAllOutlet=
KitchenAid Classic Mixer: http://www.kitchenaid.com/flash.cmd?/#/product/K45SSWH/
Pampered Chef Scraper: http://www.pamperedchef.com/ordering/prod_details.tpc?prodId=192&catId=123&parentCatId=123&outletSubCat=&viewAllOutlet=