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lsugrad35
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Christmas wishlist



Hey guys. I'm new here and fairly new to cooking (I use a lot of your tips). I'm making my Christmas wishlist and wanting to incorporate some cooking items. I figured it would be interesting to see if anyone is getting anything cool for Christmas this year. Pots, paddles, new gadgets? Thanks for all of the info on this board






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BlackenedOut
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This is what you really need.

A large, solid wooden cutting board. If you cant imagine a Thanksgiving turkey fitting on it comfortably, it is too small.

A very good chef's knife. You dont need a set. 8-10 inches will do (thats what she said). Pay once, cry once. I like my MAC Professional series knife. A paring knife is a good idea as well. And a serrated knife is a bonus for tomatoes, bread, etc... A sharpening stick would be a good idea as well.

You need a good set of quality pans. I'd get one 10 inch or less, non-stick pan for eggs. And use it only for eggs. I'd get one large saute pan. I'd get one cast iron pan and a dutch oven (Le Creuset is my brand of choice for Dutch, Lodge for Cast iron). You need a sauce pan with lid (about 2 quarts), a roasting pan, and a pasta/stock pot. Your best bet is to go to a restaurant supply store to buy all of the above.

That is literally all you need. If you can cook well with those tools, you can cook. Everything else is just a sub for those tool. Not that you shouldn't get them, but learn first than take shortcuts.

ETA: After that, I like an immersion blender, Kitchen Aid Mixer, food processor, and ice cream machine.




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lsugrad35
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Thanks BlackenedOut. Thats great info. I actually got 2 cast iron pots last year. Unfortunately, I have not seasoned them yet. I hear you have to sand them down first and I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing the whole process. But thats another topic I'm trying to refine my skills a bit as I get ready for LSU baseball tailgating. I really appreciate the information.





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BlackenedOut
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You probably dont need to sand down. Are they lodge pans? If so, already seasoned. If not, coat them with vegetable oil and park in a 350 degree oven for a few hours. That'll get you there.





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alajones
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I never sanded mine down. I just oiled the crap out of it and put it in the oven at 450 for a few hours.

Anyway, that's a pretty solid list for pots and pans and such. You also could always use digital thermometers, grill tongs, grill hooks, spice blends, etc.

I also always recommend a 12" electric skillet to all single folks. It is an absloute must for one serving meals with small kitchens.






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Fratastic423
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A large, solid wooden cutting board. If you cant imagine a Thanksgiving turkey fitting on it comfortably, it is too small.


This. We got a Boos cutting board, and for a while it sat off to the side and we never used it. Recently i put it on our main counter and it stays there. Use it every day.






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Pork Que
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coat them with vegetable oil


I prefer to use shortening. Veg oil tends to leave a tacky surface....at least in my experience.






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GynoSandberg
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Check out Greg Arceneaux in Covington for a very nicely made cutting board





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Degas
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Wireless digital thermometer

Once you get one, and I love this unit, you'll wonder what took you so long in the first place. Imagine a roast or bird telling you when it's done, rather than relying on weight and time. This particular unit also monitors the pit temp (or oven) as well.






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bdevill
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A Hand Immersion Blender is a good tool for making smoothies, soups, and getting beans to the desired creaminess. I use mine just about every day.

Also, a good food processer for chopping/cutting massive amounts of onions, bellpeppers, garlic and celery and emulsifying sauces or liquids.

A large, good quality non-stick pan is good to use for omelets, bacon, chicken and veggies.. and things that tend to stick. A non-stick pan usually doesn't come with a lid, so use that big wooden cutting board as a makeshift lid when you need to.. It works.



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Rohan2Reed
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Why in the world would you pay $50 for that? I got one at home depot for 10 bucks that works perfectly.





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Degas
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Not sure which unit you picked up, but this particular remote receives a signal up to 300 ft, and the probes are good up to 700 degrees. Besides my 12" cast iron, dollar for dollar it's probably the best money I've spent.





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Crock Pot



Grill Griddle for Veggies



Cuisinart Food Processor









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trillhog
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this is key



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Degas
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Or you can simply place the asparagus across the grate.





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lsugrad35
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Got the crockpot last year. I make some killer chili in that thing. I can't wait until it gets a little colder so I can make more.





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TinyTigerPaws
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I've struck out with my crock pot. Used it three times and was unimpressed each time. The flavor profiles are just not there and everything comes out tasting flat.

Degas, thanks for the thermometer link, I've been wanting/needing one! Will it do stove top as well? I'm always afraid of undercooking chicken to the point that I overcook the hell out of it.






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lsugrad35
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quote:

I'm always afraid of undercooking chicken to the point that I overcook the hell out of it.


I see you cook like me. I've got the same problem.






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They are pricey, but worth it. I highly suggest you try to get a Le Creuset Dutch oven!







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