Simply Inspired Kitchen – Essential Kitchen Utensils

It’s been a while since I posted, and this time it is for a very happy reason- we are moving to Lakewood, New Jersey in a few short weeks! Our family has lived in Boro Park (a neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY) for almost 9 years, and now it is time for a change. DH and I want our children to grow up in the same type of environment (the suburbs) as we did. I’m busy packing, deciding what I can pack now (winter clothes, Passover dishes) and deciding what I need to pack at the last minute.


I consider myself very blessed, especially in the kitchen department. I have a great deal of equipment, and it is a challenge to decide what to pack now and what needs to be packed closer to our moving date. When I really thought about it, I realize that I have certain kitchen utensils I use on a daily basis. So, want to see what I cannot pack til the night before I move? Let’s take a closer look.

1) Custom reclaimed wood cutting  (Prices vary)



This is my favorite cutting board – Chef Felisha Wild of Our Daily Salt made this board especially for me. It is larger and thicker than an average cutting board. The best part? It’s made from 100% reclaimed wood. I use one side for carving and butchering meat, the other (slightly longer) side I use for prep work.

2) Le Creuset French Press in Marseilles ($65)

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I do my best cooking in the early morning. Early mornings require coffee, and I make my half-decaf coffee in my French press. I dump in some coarse ground coffee (right now I am loving the Espresso Roast from Starbucks) fill with hot water, and in a few minutes I have delicious coffee!

3) Wusthof Classic 8″ Cooks Knife and 8″ Carving (Prices vary per authorized merchant)


I’ve been using Wusthof knives since I was in cooking school. Each blade is fashioned from one blank of high carbon, stain-free steel, and has a full tang that is triple-riveted. The part I like best – the full bolster and finger guard. These are some serious knives! Since I have small children, I keep my knives well out of reach in my Bodum Universal Knife Block (about $40) The inside is filled with little tiny plastic sticks that allow me to slide my knives straight in and not worry about them touching or the tips bending.

4) Berard Wooden (Prices vary)


I love these wooden spoons – each spoon is crafted from a single piece of olive wood. They are extremely smooth and easy to hold. The pointed spoon is great for mixing or scraping fond (the browned, yummy bits left over after searing or roasting) off the bottom of a pan. The larger ones also double as serving spoons.

5) Joseph Joseph Scoop Plus (Large) – (starting at $8)


This silicone scoop/colander is so easy to use – no more getting my glasses foggy while I strain pasta or vegetables! My favorite use is for baby red potatoes – I love that it doesn’t tear at the skins.

6) Bodum Bistro Spatulas and Tovolo Tip-Top Tongs– and  (Prices vary)


All my spatulas, slotted spoons, fish turners, and slotted pasta servers are from the Bodum Bistro line. They are a super-strong plastic or stainless steel with silicone body. Each utensil is finished with a bumpy silicone grip that makes it easy to handle even when wet. They also clean very easily, and don’t absorb food odors or stains.  All of my ladles and tongs are from Tovolo – I really like the stainless steel and silicone utensils they offer. Extremely sturdy, can take a beating, and very easy to clean.

I love these products so much, I decided that one lucky person will get a chance to have one of my Essential Kitchen Utensils! (Value not exceeding $75) Enter to win via the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to win today! Giveaway ends 8/10/15.
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