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Here are five items that have made life just that little bit easier in our kitchen…

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We found this stainless steel fat separator at Chefs’ Warehouse recently, and it works brilliantly.  After roasting a cut of meat, we pour the pan juices into the jug and allow them to settle.  The stock will sink and the fat will float, allowing the former to be poured off through the small hole at the bottom.  Best of all, it’s stainless steel, which means it can go straight into the dishwasher…

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Another Chefs’ Warehouse find is this coarse sieve, which has made sifting clumpy ingredients such as almond meal and icing sugar a breeze.  For some reason, most sieves these days are superfine, which makes sifting a laborious and often avoided process.  My cakes and frostings are far less lumpy these days…

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This little plate whisk was a gift from a friend – it’s perfect for whisking eggs in a flat dish for French toast, or stirring a small container of sourdough starter…

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I resisted buying these for ages – after all, who wants to pay money for a cake tester when a toothpick will do?  But in the end, driven by guilt over the number of wooden skewers that would invariably go to waste whenever a cake was baked, I spent the $3 to buy these, and have used them ever since.  They actually work much better than a wooden skewer, as they don’t splinter or leave large holes in the cake…

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And finally, I know I’ve waxed lyrical about these on numerous occasions before, but my welding gloves are in use almost daily as oven gloves. They really are the best thing – the length provides cover to my wrists and forearms, and they’re perfect for pulling hot pans or loaves of bread out of the oven.

The gloves afford a good grip (as opposed to silicone mitts) and they’re pretty cheap to buy at most hardware stores. They’re not waterproof and they do get hot with extended use, but they once saved me from burning down the kitchen, so I’m a complete convert. Here are my previous posts on them:

I’ve never tried to clean them, but my friend Anna in Paris used hers to manhandle a roast turkey, and then popped them into the washing machine.  She insists they were completely fine…

I bought several pairs in a bright orange colour and sewed bespoke (in this case, homemade) hanging loops onto them…

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Have any little kitchen things made a difference to your cooking?

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