Kitchen Toolbox: Bain Marie

At its most basic, a kitchen does not need fancy appliances and shelves full of gadgets. In fact, there are only a few dozen essential pieces of equipment you need to cook great food at home. Follow along in our new series, Kitchen Toolboxto find out what tools you should own and grab recommendations for our chef’s favorite brands, when applicable. And, watch our chef go through the whole Blue Apron toolbox in this video

Although you don’t need more than a handful of utensils to do great cooking–that’s the whole point of this series!–one of the most important pieces of equipment you do want to grab is a container to hold those utensils: your serving forks, your slotted spoon, your ladle, your tongs, your Microplane. This means you’ll have every single utensil you might need for a recipe right there out on the counter, organized but accessible.

We love our bain marie, which is technically a tall, thin pot that’s part of a double boiler, for this purpose. It’s stainless steel, inexpensive, and easy to clean. But of course you can pick any sort of container, a pretty ceramic or a nice-looking pitcher, even. Think of the utensil cup as the culinary equivalent of your desk’s pencil holder and pick one that fits your style.

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