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As a world master chef, you would think that Chef Meg's kitchen would be full of fancy tools. Nope. She prefers to keep it as streamlined as possible. She shares her 6 favorites with SparkRecipes.com.



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  • I love the idea of using the cheesecloth to soak up excess fat! Never thought of washing cheesecloth either. Smart! - 4/18/14

  • love everybody's tips - I'll go shopping! I have a mini food processor - Hamilton Beach- that works great for small amounts, easy cleanup. I like the bread crumb tip Jachson had. I also blush to admit I love my green non stick frying pan. Will try the juicing tip! And the salt. - 3/18/14

  • Except for the cheese cloth, I use most of these. I don't have a coffee grinder. Guess I better go get one. :-)

    Good tips. - 2/8/14

  • For those of you looking for cheesecloth, check the craft section of stores. For some reason, I find it there more often. - 1/29/14

  • Salt tip reminded me of my waitressing days. Throw salt and a couple ice cubes in a coffee pot and swirl around to easily remove stains. I always loved doing that, it's like magic! - 1/10/14

  • Great ideas to simplify the kitchen! I do love my garlic press and use much more garlic because I have it. - 11/16/13

  • Good video--like others, I found the salt cleaner for the coffee grinder interesting--but I also like the idea of using a cheese cloth for bay leaves, etc. in dishes. - 10/30/13

  • on the coffee grinder i use a half inch paint brush new one to dust out grinder after ea use, so my fingers dont come in contact with blades - 10/10/13

  • Great video - 9/18/13

  • Great tips ... Thank you! - 9/17/13

  • great tips, love the rolling pin to flaten chicken - 9/11/13

  • I use uncooked rice to clean my grinder the way Meg uses salt. Gets it super clean! - 7/19/13

  • I use my grinder for various things but now will use it more with your salt cleaning tip, much faster that way. Thanks - 6/19/13

  • You peel a watermelon with a peeler??? How long does that take??
    And why are you peeling?? Most of fiber and micronutrients are in the peel of apples, potatoes, carrots, cucumber. The only time you should peel is with citrus or other thick bitter peels. - 6/17/13

  • Nice tips, thanks for sharing. - 6/8/13

  • My current favorite gadget is a small food processor which I use for lots of recipes. I can grate cheese, carrots, cabbage etc. and the bowl part can make flour from oats, mix my healthy pancakes, or mix my salad dressings.
    It is small enough to leave out. I actually got the idea from this websit - 6/8/13

  • Great ideas/tips! - 5/24/13

  • Chef Meg - Your BEST VIDEO yet! I love these helpful tips for those of us trying to be productive in the kitchen but not knowing how. More of these types of clips, please! :) - 5/18/13

  • Love the idea of using salt to clean my grinder! - 5/17/13

  • I use my silicone brush to season everything. It works really will for just about any liquid. Then I just pop it in the dish washer. - 4/22/13

  • I can tell my husband to stop buying junks...I wish I can resale my stuffs, too many of them. - 4/20/13

  • I love kitchen tools and I have way too many for my tiny kitchen! - 4/14/13

  • Great suggestions; thank you! Silicon spatula is also a must for me. We have a small kitchen, so no room for a big food processor. I found a little hand crank one that makes salsa-making and cauliflower ricing a breeze. - 4/14/13

  • A good knife is probably the most important tool. My favorite tool is a small colander that's the perfect size to drain & rinse a can of black beans, wash off fruit etc.
    - 4/14/13

  • Never been able to get all the juice from a lemon, lime, or orange...will try the fork! I love my wooden spoons!! Favorite gadget was my Ultimate chopper, so much I burned up the motor!! Need to find a good chopper, not too big and not too small, any ideas? - 4/2/13

  • Better for the environment to throw away cheesecloth instead of a paper towel? Really?
    It's easier to remove fat from stock by cooling it, then removing the solidified fat.
    My fave 6: high quality knives, whisk, rubber scraper, non-stick skillet, heavy stockpot, vita-mix. Hard to stop at 6... - 3/31/13

  • I learned some things--particularly the salt as a cleaner. A favorite tool of mine that didn't get mentioned is the kitchen shears. We never had a pair in our kitchen when I was growing up--now I don't know what I'd do without them. - 3/18/13

  • Well, you possess way more self-control than I do when it comes to acquiring kitchen gadgets. The tip about using the fork to juice lemons etc is really nifty! Thanks! - 3/12/13

  • I'm a garlic lover. I use one of those rubber things you use to open jars to get the skin off the cloves, then I have a very small 2-piece plastic garlic chopper. Not motorized, you just put half cloves in, squish it shut, then twist back and forth and it work great.Then I don't smell like garlic. - 3/10/13

  • good ideas... - 2/20/13

  • I love my bamboo spoons, garlic peer and hand chopper - 2/15/13

  • Love the coffee grinder for spices idea. - 2/9/13

  • Wow the video keeps stopping that kinda annoying so I will watch later "oops!"
    Looks interesting!!!

    - 2/8/13

  • Don't peel your carrots. Carrots hold their nutrients just under the skin and when you peel them, you are stripping away vital nutrients. - 2/3/13

  • GREAT SIMPLE IDEAS.THANKS. - 1/30/13

  • Great tip about using salt to clean a grinder. I love garlic, so can't live without my garlic press. - 1/26/13

  • love your ideals chef meg who would have thought a coffe grinder could be used like that and a fork for juicing citrus fruits. Great.I will keep watching for more of you great and inexpensive ideals. - 1/21/13

  • I am just starting to cook my food and it is great to see I can keep it simple. No need for fancy kitchen equipment. Thanks! - 1/11/13

  • Love, love, LOVE the cheese cloth for getting fat off the top of my soups! Thanks Chef Meg!! - 1/7/13

  • I love kitchen gadgets. Probably too much! One of my favorites is this nut chopper that I got several years ago. It chopps nuts evenly and so quickly and I love it. - 1/6/13

  • Favorite: Lee Valley silicon poach pods for eggs. Easy clean up and storage. I can make poached eggs the way everyone likes them or prepare boiled eggs with no shell for later use. - 12/30/12

  • Great tips Chef Meg. The coffee grinder is super suggestion, thank you! So nice to hear a chef suggest Dollar Tree ! :) DT does have excellent items that are only $1.00. Do have trouble finding cheese cloth. One suggestion I do have a gravy/fat seperator works well. Thanks again :) - 11/8/12

  • I learn something every day I log on to SP
    thank you! - 11/4/12

  • Never thought of using salt for the coffee grinder. Instead of using cheesecloth to remove fat why not chill whatever and just skim the fat off that hardens on top. - 11/4/12

  • great tips - 10/20/12

  • I love my bamboo spoons and the Pampered Chef Spreader. - 10/5/12

  • My favourite Kitchen Tool by far has to be the Bamix with it's chooper accessory as it is so versatile and has many uses. I can quickly and easily grind coffee beans with it, chop vegtables with it, purée soups with it, make Smoothies and cakes etc... etc... - 10/4/12

  • Best thing you can get for your kitchen; a good chef's knife and learn how to keep it sharp. - 9/19/12

  • Informative video - thanks!! - 9/18/12

  • Informative. Good things to know - 9/18/12

  • I love love love my Bamix immersion blender! I can puree soups right in the pot and also use it for my smoothies. Instead of using a coffee grinder to grind spices, I use the processor attachment. - 9/16/12

  • I love the coffee grinder to grind my flax seeds. BUT my all time favorite is my Blend Tech 3 horsepower blender that I can use to make green smoothies so I get the fiber and don't have to chew all day. - 9/12/12

  • interesting. - 9/11/12

  • salt is good for cleaning a cast iron skillet If food is stuck on it. Rinse it with hot water first and then sprinkle with salt and rub with a paper towel. Keeps the coating I have worked hard to get on my skillet. I never thought of salt to clean my grinder. Wonderful tip. - 9/9/12

  • great tips - thanks - 9/8/12

  • I couldn't live without my crockpot , pressure cooker, and a special serrated knife. It's just the right size, and works for everything except watermelon. - 9/7/12

  • My favorite tool is a high quality knife ... worth spending a few extra dollars for one that is really sharp! - 9/6/12

  • Never thought to use a fork like that! Thank you. My favorites: blender, food processor, good knives, coffee mill (vs grinder). - 9/1/12

  • You hit on my favorite Kitchen tool, the kitchen fork. I never thought to use it for juicing though. I use a fork instead of a whisk - 9/1/12

  • Love the video! One of my favorite kitchen tools is a rubber spatula that is heat resistance!!! - 8/31/12

  • great - 8/30/12

  • awesome tip about the coffee grinder. I am going to have to find some of those cheese clothes - 8/29/12

  • thanks for the ideas, I didn't know about the salt for cleaning the coffee grinder - 8/29/12

  • These are all great ideas. I also can't live without my personal blender, NuWave oven, slow-cooker, mandolin slicer, kitchen scale, rubber scrapers (Pampered Chef - never waste a thing in the mixing bowl.). There are more but I'll stop there! - 8/28/12

  • Three cheers for Chef Meg! She makes me feel like I can actually do some of this cooking stuff. - 4/29/12

  • Love your idea for cleaning the coffee grinder. Also use a microplane for garlic. Works great. - 4/29/12

  • Great video, I'll have to try the salt for my grinder! I purchased a chefmate a few weeks ago & I just love it. It's actually good for chopping(which I didn't even know this when I bought it) & great for scooping onions and such into your skillet!! I think I've seen Chef Meg use one before. - 4/3/12

  • I enjoy Chef Meg's tips! She mentioned the "Dollar Tree" and I want to say this is a super place for kitchen utensils/gadgets! Some of the items are very nice. Instead of expensive cookware, my cast iron skillet is ideal! Also, love my spatulas and my whisks... - 4/3/12

  • Prep bowls. Love cooking & got to have my prep bowls. If I don't have time after work to do all the prepping, I can prep in the morning, cover bowls, & come home ready to throw everything together. - 2/7/12

  • So helpful! Thanks for the demos of tools I need to buy and use! Chef Meg rocks!!! - 10/27/11

  • I absolutely LOVE Chef Meg. I learn so much from the videos, and I appreciate the emphasis away from the zillion gadgets, and the clear descriptions of how the food should be prepared and how it will be affected by variations. - 7/11/11

  • Chef Meg,
    I enjoy your presentations so much. Thank you for all your insight.
    Lynda - 6/12/11

  • You can also use salt and ice to clean your glass coffee pot. Just swish around and around. Then rinse well. I learned this trick when I use to work at Pizza Inn about 30 plus years ago.

    Thanks for all your great tips! - 3/10/11

  • loved the ideas on your video, especially "anger management" rolling pin. zester is one of my favorites in my kitchen; I love a good, very sharp knife for cutting meats, veggies, etc. sharpener does not seem to work very well. - 3/9/11

  • Good ideas - 3/8/11

  • Loved this video....glad I saved a stash of BBB coupons...heading out to buy a microplane zster, french rolling pin and peeler today! - 3/8/11

  • Thanks for the great tips....who'd thought to use salt to clean a coffee grinder! - 3/7/11

  • Thabks for the tips , glad fot the salt in the coffee grinder. - 12/10/10

  • I have a coffee grinder too - but didn't know that about the salt. I like using it with nuts & flaxseed but then the oils get in there and make it a mess... now I will probably add flax back into my diet!! Using the bread trick for cleaning coffee grinder I hadn't heard of, either - thanks! - 11/30/10

  • Interesting suggestions Thank you - 10/23/10

  • I highly recommend kitchen shears. I use mine from opening difficult sealed food packages to removing the netting from around those pork shoulders. I go crazy when it's missing from its hanging hook. - 9/20/10

  • Wonderful video with great tips! I loved the tip on chicken. - 7/14/10

  • i love my cuisinart food processors, my large one is 30 years old and small one 15 years old. great for chop meat and just about anything else. - 7/14/10

  • I love my immersion blender. It's so handy and hardly any clean up. Here's a tip for cleaning your coffee grinder, use a slice of bread in it after grinding something strong like cloves, or pepper. It will clean the grinder and take out any odor it that may have been left behind. - 6/20/10

  • My favorites are my 5" santoku knife and my heat-proof scraper. Those and a good, dishwasher-safe cutting board are the workhorses of my kitchen. - 5/20/10

  • love the salt idea! - 5/5/10

  • i love my cast iron frying pan. i use it atleast once a day. it cooks evenly,nonstick, and will last several lifetimes. - 5/4/10

  • yea I agree many uses for forks and rolling pins zesters also - 5/2/10

  • Nice tips. I also like using my scale. Especially when trying to learn portion sizes. - 4/28/10

  • Some good ideas. I agree that a wisk is a must. - 4/25/10

  • I use my rolling pin in the same way to crush things such as ice for drinks etc,graham crackers for dessert bases and nuts for recipes. The cheese cloth makes a good strainer too. - 4/24/10

  • I love the idea of using the cheesecloth to soak up the grease. It's enviromentally friendly which is always a selling feature for me. And of course we need to mention the cost savings as well. - 4/22/10

  • I am such a fan of my microplanes, they are definitely one of my favorite tools when in the kitchen! But, I had no idea before watching this video that you could use a peeler on a watermelon!! Does anyone know how to go about doing that? - 4/12/10

  • I do not own a micro-plane (sp), but I am going to have to invest in one! I also love my food chopper, because I can't get my daughter to eat veggies and my chopper. I use it a lot. Thanks Chef Meg for this wonderful tips. - 4/12/10

  • Nice Video. Now if you can only show me an easy way to peel apples - 4/9/10

  • I have been pounding my chicken breast this way for years. Love the "anger mangagement" of it & it always scares the kids and husband. LOL - 4/8/10

  • neat tips, thanks! - 4/7/10

  • Great tips. I did get a giggle out of the "throw the cheesecloth away" comment. I dunk mine in the hot sudsy wash water in the sink then put them in a lingerie bag and send them through the wash with my whites then spread them wet over the line to dry in the sun. - 4/5/10

  • GREAT VIDEO I now need to uy items and try learning how to cook at 49. Never have liked cooking but I am trying to change habits so these little tips help make cooking more interesting - 4/5/10

  • Very interesting! Will definetly use these tips - 4/5/10



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