Beyond the usual pots, pans, and kitchen gadgets, here are some items I use to make the task easier. These are only suggested.
Assorted sizes of non-metal bowls
Assorted size whisks
Conical shaped strainer called a “China cap” Perfect for straining unwanted solids from pureed soups.
Chinois: This is an even finer mesh conical strainer for even finer straining
Dough rising buckets, with lids, food safe: 12-quart is perfect for bread making. They come in various sizes. Larger 9-gallon ones are perfect for brining suckling pigs or the Thanksgiving turkey.
Hand held mesh strainer, various sizes
5 to 7-quart standing mixer
Instant read thermometer
Standard measuring cups and spoons
miniature muffin tin
Mortar and Pestle: Growing up, I watched as my father used a mortar and pestle to grind and blend spices and aromatics into heady concoctions. I learned by watching. There is something to be said for the essence of spices and herbs releasing into an aromatic paste. Obviously, times have changed but I still prefer to use my mortar and pestle, and quite often. My first one, a wedding gift from my father, was made of wood. Today, I have a collection of them made up of his and my wooden ones, and an array of ceramic, stone and iron ones. However, if you don’t have one, use your food processor to pulsate the paste. The result will be close but in my opinion, food processors cut the spices and herbs where grinding and pounding with the mortar and pestle fully releases their character.
Small plastic, glass or ceramic cups or other for prepping
9-inch spring form pan
9-inch tart pan with removable bottom
2.5″ tartlet tins
Wooden oven peel (shovel)
Wooden cutting board, extra large for baking
Italian pasta rolling machine: for rolling pastry dough.
Stick or Immersion Blender (Varinha Magica): Indispensable is the word to describe this tool. It makes the job of pureeing a soup so easy. You can also use a food mill or blender but you would need to transfer ingredients to them. With the stick blender, it can be done right in the pot.
24″ x 1″ diameter wooden dowel