food52-essential kitchen tools
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Below is an excerpt from “Cal Peternell's Essential Tools for Your First Kitchen (& Every Kitchen Thereafter),” which originally appeared on Food52. Read the full story at

When simple tools are fancified, they are often made less useful. With some exceptions -- notably, knives -- much of equipment shopping may usually be done in second-hand stores, flea markets, and shops in Chinatown. All essential tools can be found at simple stores, at inexpensive prices. And remember: Don't be afraid to get your hands in there. Our five-fingered tools that are always at the ready are the best ones we can use.