In a world filled with banana slicers and electric spaghetti-twirling forks, we find solace in the words of one of our favorite chefs, Hugh Acheson: “You should be able to cook something good with just a fork and a cast-iron skillet.”
It’s true that Southern cooks are discerning when it comes to kitchen gadgets. We are not dazzled by your quesadilla-maker. We know an iced tea maker is about as useful as a trapdoor on a fishing boat.
Here are the five tools beyond the trusty cast-iron skillet worthy of space in your kitchen.
After you own a Microplane, you wonder how you ever got along without one. It’s essential for adding lemon zest to your chess pie.
We consider this to be one of Europe’s best ideas, up there with French Impressionism and the printing press. This Y-shaped vegetable peeler makes quick work of prepping salads and veggie plates.
From Key lime pies to authentic San Antonio margaritas, the South runs on citrus juice. With this handheld upgrade on the reamer, you won’t bat an eye when the recipe calls for ¼ cup of fresh-squeezed lime juice.
Stainless steel spider strainer
If you fancy yourself the master of all things deep-fried, this should be your scepter. Bonus: It also works great as a large slotted spoon when poaching or blanching.
Norpro Corn Creamer
Velvety creamed corn simply can’t be replicated with a knife. Thankfully, Norpro keeps this Southern tradition alive with its old-school wood and stainless steel creamers. Click here for a recipe for classic Creamed Corn.
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