I am always wanting to add more clutter to my cupboards. I love perusing the cooking aisles, stores, and websites looking for kitchen tools I don’t have but might need. Do I need most of them? No. But I love looking. I love thinking about what I might be able to do with the different pots, pans, knives, utensils, spices, oils, and any other type of gear that might make me better in the kitchen.
I try not to spend money when I don’t need to, but at Christmas and my birthday I usually ask for gift cards to either stores I often shop at or websites. I then will do some research for what my needs are and what are the best tools to help me cook the dishes I am focusing on at the time.
This past Christmas was no different and I decided to splurge on a new cutting board and knife. The cutting board is a middle of the road Boos board that I really like. Sure I would have loved to have bought their biggest and best, but I also have a small kitchen that I needed to make sure the cutting board would fit in. I also wanted to make sure it would fit my cutting style. It’s the perfect size for what I need and what I use it for. It’s my meat cutting board so it will easily handle a full size turkey but doesn’t take up too much space in the cupboard. I only had to get rid of my old plastic boards in order to make it fit.
For the knife I decided to splurge a bit on a nice chef’s knife. I didn’t want to go crazy and spend hundreds of dollars, but I wanted something that will last and stay sharp longer. After trying out a few at one of the local kitchen stores I chose a 10 inch chef’s knife by Robert Welch. It felt perfectly balanced in my hand and every time I use it I still am happy I have it.
These items are just a couple of things I’ve purchased since the holidays for my kitchen but are probably the most prominent things that I’ve gotten. I often am looking for more things to cut so I can use the knife more and will go out of my way to find recipes that require more vegetables and meat that need cut and trimmed in order to do so. I enjoy getting new toys for my kitchen, but I enjoy using them more.