Culinistas's Kitchen

Essential Tools for Meal Prep

by The Culinistas

As you continue to meal prep throughout the month (and year, we know you can do it!) it’s helpful to have the following tools on hand. If you have a chef coming to prep for the week, they’ll be delighted to see these items in your cabinets.

Haven’t you heard? It’s citrus season! A microplane zester will help you collect the finest flecks from your cara caras, lemons, and grapefruits. Our favorite zest application may just be orange zest in pancake batter. But, a handful of zest perks up grain salads, vinaigrettes, and baked goods alike.

Ever wonder how chefs achieve paper thin slices of radish in your crunchy salads? Benriner mandolines are the industry standard and will help with all your slicing and dicing. Go slow when you start out, the key is to become a speed slicer without slicing a finger. Pro Tip: use your mandolin to slice whole garlic cloves for fragrant pastas or to fry into garlic chips.

Why a Y you ask? Y peelers are easy to hold multiple different ways and they take off a very thin layer of skin, allowing you to assert lots of control. This peeler in particular is the creme de la creme, the best of the best, the only one you should have your eyes on. Here’s why -- trust Joe on this one.

Whether you’re tossing a salad or manning the grill, you need a great set of kitchen tongs. If you’ve prepped up salads for the week, elevate your dining experience by tossing them with dressing in a large bowl, instead of eating straight out of the fridge.

Sturdy enough for flipping burgers yet delicate enough to handle pancakes. Sure, you’ll use it for fish, but you’ll find a hundred more uses soon after.

These glass containers are sleek and spacious. Pop the lids off for easy oven reheating.

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photograph.