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My Pastry Kitchen Essentials

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Overall shot of equipmentEvery pastry kitchen, be it professional or personal has their own pastry kitchen essentials. These are mine which I used at the bakery and in my personal kitchen.  Long ago when we remodeled the kitchen at our house I put all the gadgets I had accumulated in a box.  Six months later I used exactly one thing out of that box. I never again bought anything that I didn’t know I would use on a regular basis.

Cookie Scoops/Dishers/ScoopsCookie scoops, dishersIin the profession these pastry kitchen essentials are referred to as dishers or scoops because we use them for a lot more than cookies, i.e. meatballs, mashed potatoes, anywhere you want to make sure all the sizes are the same. They are used for portion control. Some are all stainless steel – some have plastic colored handles.  Vollrath makes these in both all stainless as well as colored plastic handles.

I prefer the all stainless steel dishers as the plastic handles can more easily be broken. The size number is on the tool – somewhere. You just have to find it as there isn’t a uniform place for it, unfortunately. Continue reading

Food Equipment Storage using Vertical Space

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Kitchen shotI tried to think of a really sexy title but what can you say about food equipment and  a bunch of pots and pans, knives and miscellaneous cooking items?  Because I am in the kitchen constantly cooking for pleasure and business, I designed my kitchen about 40 years ago to make it as easy as possible to use.

When we remodeled our small kitchen, I wanted an island which gave me a lot of prep room, but it had the effect of making the kitchen smaller.  I wanted to keep my work areas as of free of clutter as possible.  That goes for under and over the counter storage as well as drawers.  When we were ready to remodel, we gutted the kitchen and everything went.  All of my small utensils were put in a box and stored in the basement.  I also had a box that held questionable utensils.  These were items that seemed like a good idea when I bought them, but didn’t seem to get much use.   I decided if I didn’t use any any of these  for six months, they would go out.  I kept one.  The others I gave away to Goodwill.  Hopefully, someone enjoyed them.

I don’t think anyone ever has enough storage for food equipment.  I certainly don’t.  To help solve the problem I looked at any vertical flat area we had and basically used kitchen gear in various forms as decorative pieces.  I covered walls with pegboard, hung racks and my husband designed a knife rack to keep my knives out of a drawer and accessible.  The outcome was a kitchen where I never have to take more than three or four steps to get anything I want to use.  Small definitely has its advantages. Continue reading