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10 tools for your kitchen

A Jungle Jim’s expert has recommendations.The right tools can make all the difference.


The filing deadline for tax day just passed, which means a refund check could be on the way to you. We asked Jungle Jim’s Gourmet Galeria worker Olivia Farr for her list of 10 kitchen items that she’d suggest for foodies who might find themselves with a little more cash this month.

Farr, who has a serious passion for cooking, recently turned her coat closet into her second pantry to house all her cooking utensils. All of the items she recommends can be found in the Gourmet Galeria section of Jungle Jim’s store in Fairfield or can be purchased at many online stores including Amazon. Not surprisingly, many of these can also be found in Farr’s kitchen.

1) Silicone flexible turner by Good Grips, $9.99

Why it’s worth it: It combines the strength of metal with the heat resistance of silicone, withstanding temperatures of up to 600 degrees.

2. Tongs by Good Grips, $11.99

Why it’s worth it: The tongs lock for handy storage, and the silcone not only can withstand high heat but also won’t scratch your pans.

3. Vegetable peeler by Zyliss, $7.99

Why it’s worth it: These bright colored peelers are easy to use and just as easy to clean.

4. Grater/zester by Microplane, $12.99

Why it’s worth it: This tool can be seen in action on many of the TV food shows. It’s easy to use and clean and is great for fine grating including spices, citrus and hard cheeses.

5. Switchit Spatula by Chefn’, $9.99

Why it’s worth it: This tool is recommended to those attending the Jungle Jim’s cooking school. It’s two silicone spatulas in one and can come in very handy.

6. Sleekstore measuring spoons by Chefn’, $5.99

Why it’s worth it: Stackable and built to last, these come in beautiful colors.

7. Sleekstore measuring cups by Chefn’, $14.99

Why it’s worth it: These collapsible will add color to your kitchen while saving on storage.

8. 8” chef’s knife by Wusthof, $99.99

Why it’s worth it: This German forged knife and will give you years and years of use, Farr says.

9. 3” paring knife by Kyocera Ceramic, $19.99

Why it’s worth it: Farr says this the sharpest cutting edge available for your paring needs.

10. Oven thermometer by Maverick, $6.99

Why it’s worth it: Every oven varies in temperature and can affect your baking outcomes. A good oven thermometer is an important tool in any kitchen.



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