An Italian kitchen is a special place. It’s filled with aromas of delicious Italian food cooking on the stovetop or in the oven, along with colorful ingredients, like green basil and red tomatoes.
However, no Italian kitchen is complete without the essential Italian cooking tools listed below. If you want to turn your kitchen into a place where authentic Italian food is made, consider getting these kitchen tools for yourself.
1. Wooden Spoons
Ah, the wooden spoon. No Italian kitchen is complete without a few of these in all shapes and sizes, with and without holes. Wooden spoons are perfect for stirring pasta sauce, cakes mixes, and pastry cream. The ones with holes are essential when making dishes such as risotto because the holes allow for the rice to freely flow through the spoon.
2. Rolling Pin
Whether you plan to make your own pasta, pizza crust, or cookies, a rolling pin is an essential Italian kitchen tool. There are two styles of pins – rods and rollers. The latter is a thick cylinder with small handles while the former is thinner with tapered batons.
3. Pasta Machine
Looking to become an overnight Italian chef? Then you’ll need to learn how to make your own pasta. It’s easy when you have a pasta machine. With a pasta machine, you can make any kind of pasta, such as linguine, Fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna noodles, and more. You set the desired thickness or thinness of the pasta you want to make and simply crank the dough out through the rollers. Most pasta machines also include accessories that allow you to make nearly any kind of pasta shape you want.
Also called a strainer, a colander is one of the most important tools for an Italian kitchen. You need to drain your cooked pasta right away so choose a colander that allows for a fast and effective drainage option that also doesn’t allow any food to escape. Since the sink is typically the most dirty place in the kitchen, make sure the sink is completely clean before draining the pasta and avoid having the colander tip over with food spilling out into the sink. Yuck!
5. Wine Opener
An Italian meal must have wine to go with it. Red or white, depending on what dish you’re serving. For this reason, it’s important to have at least one wine bottle opener in your Italian kitchen, though having more is better in case you misplace one.