You can find Part One here.
Onto the next eight items! Items I own are bolded, and you can see that I own exactly one item on this part of the list. I must cook on stones over an open fire or this is more of a foodie wish list than a set of essentials. What do you think?
9) Flexible knife block. This is a neat idea: a knife “box” filled with slender rods rather than fixed cut positions in a block. As the article suggests, it’s good for mix-and-match knife collections, which certainly describes mine. But I have a wooden knife block that works for me.
10) Ceramic chef’s knife. This one actually frightens me. Years ago, Matt was given a ceramic knife as a gift, and while washing it, he dropped it and chipped it badly. Matt is way less klutzy than I am, so I can only imagine what sort of bodily damage I would do to myself with a ceramic knife. I’ll pass on this one.
11) High-powered blender. Think Vitamix here. While I know there are people out there who would rescue their Vitamix if the house was on fire, I just don’t need a high-powered blender. My mother gave me her blender, and I still love and use it frequently. It was a wedding present, and it’s been going strong for 42 years. Isn’t that awesome?
I think the Vitamix is great for people who make their own nut butters and flours and for people like my brother who make shakes daily using a pound of frozen fruit. Maybe some day I’ll buy one too, but right now it never even crosses my mind as something I want.
12) Food processor. YES! I use my food processor frequently, for sauces, pie dough, and cookie dough truffles.
13) Electric grinder. This one’s for spices. I have the old-school tools for grinding spices: mortar and pestle. I can definitely see the utility of having an electric spice grinder, though. This one might go on my wish list…
14) Immersion blender. Meh. I can certainly understand the appeal of an immersion blender, but I’m beginning to think I’m a bit averse to more stuff in my kitchen. Since I already have a traditional, upright blender, I’ve never really felt drawn to buy a second blender.
15) Zester/grater—more specifically, a Microplane. Oh, I really want one of these. This one is definitely going on my wish list for Christmas. To make matters even more dire, the “fine grate” side of my box grater doesn’t even work any more, so I’ve started “grating” my citrus zest with a knife. It’s tedious work, but sometimes I find it weirdly pleasurable in that meticulous kind of way.
16) Mini colander. Sure, I own a mini colander. It’s called my hands. Actually, I can totally see the utility of this one and daydream of visiting Target’s kitchen section to pick out a new colander or two.