8 Essential Kitchen Tools For the Italian Chef
Every regional cuisine has their favorite tools for the kitchen. The French have their cast-iron pots and the Spanish have their paella pans. And Italian food preperation requires its own set of special tools. Here is our list of 8 essential tools for the Italian chef.
#1. Cheese Knife
The “coltello a goccia” is essential to every Italian kitchen. This almond shaped knife is specifically designed to carve wheels of Parmesan but can be used to carve any of the delicious cheeses that come out of Italy.
You cannot cook pasta without a proper colander, or “scolapasta” as Italians call it. Just remember to save a little pasta water to prevent it from sticking together.
#3. Gnocchi Roller
Gnocchi must have ridges to capture the sauces and pestos they are mixed with. And with a gentle roll, this tool (the “rigagnocchi”) does the trick.
#4. Pasta Machine
If you are looking to step up your Italian cooking game by making fresh pasta, owning a “macchina per tirare la sfoglia” is a must. From tagliatelle to fettuccine, the pasta machine is an essential tool for creating your own pasta.
#5. Cheese Grater
Most Italian households probably have multiple versions of cheese graters, or “grattugia” as they are called in Italian. The one pictured above is a basic model, perfect for grating parmesan that dusts pasta like snowflakes.
#6. Ravioli Cutter
What will you fill your ravioli with? Meat, cheese, mushrooms? Either way the ravioli cutter, or “stampi per ravioli,” makes the job easier.
#7. Mortar and Pestle
For the authentic, Italian pesto you are going to need a mortar and pestle (“mortaio e pestello”). We know it is hard work, grinding up all the ingredients. But in the end the fresh basil, garlic, pecorino cheese, pine nuts and olive oil all come together beautifully if you have the patience of grinding these by hand.
#8. Canning Jars
Lastly, we have canning jars for capturing the flavors of each season’s fresh produce in the form of sauces, pestos and other vegetables.
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