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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 7/25/2017

If you walk down the kitchen aisle of any department store you'll see dozens of kitchen tools--some you've maybe never even heard of. As long as people keep buying gimmicky kitchen tools and utensils, companies will keep making them. The temptation might be there, when walking through Target, to buy that chicken-shaped egg yolk separator, but do you really need it? In this article, we'll cover the essential list of kitchen utensils. Once your drawer has these items, you won't need anything else. You'll free up space in your kitchen and avoid money-wasting gimmicks that often don't even work, allowing you to buy better versions of the tools that really count. Note: We won't be talking about the basic silverware and dishes (forks, spoons, plates, cups, etc.) since we can assume you already have those.

  1. The chef's knife. A chef's knife is arguably the most important item in any kitchen. A good chef's knife is made from steel, has balanced weight, and is comfortable to hold. Be sure to keep it sharp and there's nothing you can't cut with it.
  2. Two spatulas. One metal for flipping items on your baking sheets and meat on the grill, one plastic for your frying pans. Thin, heat-resistant, and durable are what you're looking for here.
  3. Three spoons. One wooden (for stirring), one plastic with holes and one plastic without holes.
  4. A strainer. You don't need four sizes of strainer; one big one will do. Be sure to pick one with handles, sturdy handles, for draining big pots of pasta.
  5. Shears. Whether it's for de-stringing a Thanksgiving turkey or opening up a bag of frozen peas, they'll save you a headache trying to use a knife.
  6. Serrated bread knife. Unless you like to ruin a fresh loaf of bread by crushing it while cutting it, you'll need a serrated edge.
  7. Measuring cups and spoons. Clean your measuring spoons by hand so they don't get tossed around in your dishwasher and melted.
  8. Can opener. Skip the huge electric can openers and buy a good handheld one that will last years.
  9. Cutting board. A quality large wooden cutting board will make your life a lot easier, and it won't dull your blades.
  10. Peeler. Y-shaped peelers are much easier to use than their knife-shaped counterparts.
  11. Mixing bowl. You could benefit from multiple mixing bowls if you do a lot of baking, but oftentimes you only need one large bowl for most recipes and can use your smaller soup bowls for other ingredients.

Avoiding the gimmicks

It seems like every day there's a new infomercial for a lemon juice squeezer or a banana slicer. You'll notice that they tend to follow certain trends and offer the same promises. Here are the ones to avoid:
  • Fruit and vegetable slicers. If you have a knife, there's no need for tools that claim to slice certain types of vegetables better than others.
  • Single-use tools. Shears designed just for cutting and serving pizza? Yes, they exist. Avoid items that will just take up space in your cabinets and opt for those that serve multiple purposes.
  • Things you've never heard of. If it's an object that you've never seen or heard of before, odds are you don't need it in your kitchen cabinets. The most time-tested tools are all it takes to make great meals in your kitchen.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate, Inc on 4/11/2017

Kitchen cabinets are the centerpiece of your kitchen. Granite islands and counter tops generally don't get as much attention as kitchen cabinets. It's a reason why many would be home owners decide to upgrade or replace the cabinets as soon as they move into a new house.

Key kitchen cabinet elements

The wrong kitchen cabinets can make your entire house look old, outdated. Choose the wrong kitchen cabinets and you won't have enough storage space. When choosing the right kitchen cabinets, focus on color, texture, style and shape.

Colors to choose from include white, brown, black, tan and red. You can also paint kitchen cabinets green, blue or any other color. The key is to choose a color that goes well with your kitchen table and chairs.

The types of kitchen cabinets that you can install are nearly as diverse as are the colors that cabinets come in. Base cabinets are installed about one foot above your kitchen floor. These cabinets are generally big enough to store large pots,pans and skillets inside. Before you go with these kitchen cabinets, consider how comfortable you and your family members will be bending down to retrieve and return dishware.

Wall cabinets are elevated and run along the top portion of your wall. About two feet of space is generally left free above wall cabinets. A good way to get plenty of storage space is to install both base and wall cabinets in your kitchen.

You don't need a pantry to put in pantry style kitchen cabinets. You may need another source of storage space, as pantry kitchen cabinets are typically smaller that other cabinet types. Whichever cabinet type you choose, make sure that you install enough pull out drawers. This will give you space to store silverware,large cooking utensils like a spatula and a large mixing spoon.

Kitchen cabinet accessories

Handles on double door kitchen cabinets are located at the top inner edge. Styles that handles are available in range from straight, round and curved. Silver, wood and gold colored are standard colors that kitchen cabinet handles are manufactured in. You could select handles based solely on price or you could opt for style and choose chic handles.

Regarding style, sliding cabinet doors is another option that's open to you. A downside to sliding cabinet doors is that they can get stuck. On the other hand, you won't have to concern yourself with replacing door handles that come loose and get lost.

Before you consider your cabinet choices finished, check out kitchen cabinet accessories.Included among the accessories are overhead lights, ventilation fans, open door shelving, end panels and toe kicks. If you're handy when it comes to construction, you may be able to save by installing unassembled cabinets.

As with other house features and amenities, go with your gut when choosing kitchen cabinets. Your first glance at kitchen cabinets takes in each of the key elements. Also, consider how well the cabinets blend with kitchen counter tops,the island, flooring and your kitchen furniture.




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