|Tools of the Trade|
A good low carb chef begins with a lot of enthusiasm about their own culinary creativity!
This diet delights in new LC recipes and the idea is to make them taste as great as they
look and that's easy with fresh herbs and seasoning.
You will need some kitchen equipment to make the "Magic" happen and if your in need of
a little help with these basic tools, not a problem, I've got you covered.
This page is a full of information about necessary Kitchen equipment, food processors,
gadgets, abbreviations and measures, and a metric conversion chart you may use for your cooking needs.
This page is a useful source for anyone who needs to stock their kitchen with the proper tools for cooking.
Be the Master Chef of your Kitchen!
Let's start with a simple
METRIC CONVERSION CHART
TABLESPOONS AND OUNCES...TO GRAMS
- 1 pinch = less than 1/8 teaspoon dry...............0.5 gram
- 1 dash = 3 drops to 1/4 teaspoon (liquid)........1.25 grams
- 1 teaspoon (liquid).... .......... .............................5.0 grams
- 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon = 1/2 coz................14.3 grams
- 2 tablespoons = 1 oz.........................................28.35 grams
- 4 tablespoons = 2 oz = 1/4 cup................................56.7 grams
- 8 tablespoons = 4 oz = 1/2 cup(1 stick of butter).............113.4 grams
- 8 tablespoons (flour) = 2 about oz.............................72.0 grams
- 16 tablespoons = 8 oz = 1 cup = 1/2 pound.. ....................226.8 grams
- 32 tablespoons = 16 oz = 2 cups = 1 pound ......................453.6 grams or 0.4536 kilogram
- 64 tablespoons = 32 oz = 1 quart = 2 pounds.....................907.0 grams or 0.907 kilogram
- 1 quart = (roughly 1 liter)
TEMPERATURES: °FAHRENHEIT(F.) TO °CELSIUS (C.)
- -10° (F.) = - 23.3°(C.)(freezer storage)
- 0°F. = - 17.7°C.
- 32°F. = 0°C. (water freezes)
- 50°F. = 10°C.
- 68°F. = 20°C. (room temperature)
- 100°F. = 37.7°C.
- 150°F. = 65.5°C.
- 205°F. = 96.1°C. (water simmers)
- 212°F. = 100°C. (water boils)
- 300°F. = 148.8°C.
- 325°F. = 162.8°C.
- 350°F. = 177.°C. (baking)
- 375°F. = 190.5°C.
- 400°F. = 204.4°C. (hot oven)
- 425°F. = 218.3°C.
- 450°F. = 232°C. (very hot oven)
- 475°F. = 246.1°C.
- 500°F. = 260°C.(broiling)
Do you like math? Grab a calculator!
- ounces to grams: multiply ounce figure by 28.3 to get number of grams.
- grams to ounces: multiply gram figure by .0353 to get number of ounces.
- pounds to grams: multiply pound figure by 453.59 to get number of grams.
- pounds to kilograms: multiply pound figure by 0.45 to get number of kilograms.
- ounces to milliliters: multiply ounce figure by 30 to get number of milliliters.
- cups to liters: multiply cup figure by 0.24 to get number of liters.
- Fahrenheit to Celsius: subtract 32 from the Fahrenheit figure, multiply by 5, then
divide by 9 to get Celsius figure.
- Celsius to Fahrenheit: multiply Celsius figure by 9, divide by 5, then add 32 to get
- inches to centimeters: multiply inch figure by 2.54 to get number of centimeters
- centimeters to inches: multiply centimeter figure by .39 to get number of inches.
I made this chart for my customers that need a conversion chart for their cookbooks or use
with my recipes.
- avg = average
- diam = diameter
- fl = fluid
- frzn = frozen
- g = gram
- in = inch
- lb = pound
- lg = large
- med = medium
- mg = milligram
- oz = ounce
- pkg = package
- pt = pint
- prep = prepared
- qt = quart
- reg = regular
- sec = second
- serv = serving
- sm = small
- sq = square
- tbsp = tablespoon
- w/ = with
- w/o = without
- < = less than
For a printable page of
all Measures & Metric Conversions click "Blackbean"
1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoon
4 tablespoons = 1/4 cup
8 tablespoon = 1/2 cup
12 tablespoons = 3/4 cup
16 tablespoons = 1 cup
1000milligrams = 1 gram
28 grams = 1 ounce
2 tablespoons = 1 oz
1/4 cup = 2 oz
1/2 cup = 4 oz
3/4 cup = 6 oz
1 cup = 8 oz
2 cups = 1 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
4 oz = 1/4 pound
8 oz = 1/2 pound
12 oz = 3/4 pound
16 oz = 1 pound
I love using my kitchen tools and cookware to prepare meals. It makes life so much easier (at least in the kitchen).
These kitchen tools and cookware will put the "joy"
in the joy of cooking!
Purchasing cookware should be a long term investment not something that is a hurried endeavor
or short-term. Buy your cookware for life or until it no longer performs for you.
This is my cookware and kitchen tool advice: buy the best you can afford: add on
as you go, piece by piece. If you follow this advice I bet you will have your cookware
& kitchen tools long enough to pass down to your children's children!!
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This is a 12 piece non stick collection of Analon cookware.
The set includes 2 qt, 3 qt, & 4 qt covered saucepans, 10 qt. covered stock pot, 8" and 10" open French
skillets and 5 qt. covered sauté pan.
It has Suregrip handles, a combination of durable stainless steel and silicone rubber that provides
a soft comfortable grip. Domed tempered glass lids let you monitor food without releasing heat or nutrients.
This professional cookware is for the everyday chef.
I love this set but only have a few pieces of it.
Another great cookware set is the 14- piece Calphalon Simply Nonstick cookware.
set includes 8" and 10" omelet pans, 12" covered fry pan, 1-,2-. & 4 quart covered sauce pans,
3-qt. covered sauté pan and 6.5 quart covered stock pan. This set also has the tempered glass
dome. Oven safe up to 400°Fahrenheit & you must hand wash. Comes with a 10 year warranty and the $$
is lower than the Analon set.
I own a set of Calphalon (the original & it was a gift) and lets just say it could be passed on for all eternity!)
It really does last and always distributes the heat evenly for cooking.
These 2 sets of cookware are recommended because they're durable, heavy, solid and quick heating.
We all can use an extra pair of hands in the kitchen and that is what a food processor is.
You will spend less time hand chopping, blending and slicing when you have a food processor.
It will bring the JOY back to the "joy of cooking"!
You can choose from a wide variety of toasters to suit your needs. They are convenient when in a rush! Low carb Bagels and Bread can be found at Amazon as well.
BAKING SHEETS FOR COOKIES, PIZZA AND ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE
BROILER PANS - These are a necessary items when cooking spaghetti squash, steaming fish, broiling fish or whatever you wish.
The size of your household and entertainment needs will determine the size chosen.
Everyone deserves a great set of knives and all 3 sets are set to work hard for you. Determine what kind of Chef you are when making your choice.
COATED OR METAL TONGS - Tongs with protected ends are meant for non stick surfaces and metal tongs are used for the BBQ or retrieving fried foods.
PIZZA SLICER - used to slice Low Carb home made pizza
ICE CREAM SCOOP- use to scoop ice cream, shape low carb meat balls and perfect round cookie balls!
Steel Mallet - used to thin and tenderize meat.
Beech Wood - Crab mallet used to crack the shells of crab.
Five Crab and Lobster Wood Mallets - for a family who loves Seafood!
JUICERS- Juice your Veggies, lemons, limes & oranges with an Electric Juicer or use my favorite hand held wooden juicer to juice small citrus in a snap!
ASIAN STRAINERS - 7 INCH OR 5 INCH food strainer.
LADLE - used for soups or any big pot of Stew, Chili. This one has a pouring rim!
Tools you'll need to measure liquids or Dry Goods.
Oven pans for meat loafs, cheesecakes, casseroles, pies or anything your heart desires, as long as its low carb!
Kitchen Gadgets needed for the BBQ, cupcakes, grating or anything that requires that special kitchen tool!
Nantucket 15 Piece Complete Lobster and Crab Seafood Set by Central Chef
Provides all the tools necessary for a great seafood dinner
Predominately red and white in color
Set includes: two butter warmers (ramekins and candles included),
two wooden mallets, two stainless steel crackers, one pair of stainless steel scissors,
four disposable bibs, one Simply Atlantic Seafood Cookbook, two red plaid cotton dinner napkins, and one pail
Measurements: Pail -- 7" D x 6" H; Napkins -- 20" L x 20" W
Cutting Boards in a variety of styles and materials.
SET OF CONDIMENT BOWLS WITH OR WITHOUT SPOONS - Please Pass the condiments.
These items are the little things I added after checking out my kitchen! They're a little mix of items we use a lot in our house, and SNAP I forgot them before! So here you go!
Every Chef needs an apron and if you are a serious chef or just for fun get your self a hat!