A strawberry huller is a small kitchen tool used to remove leaves and the hull from the top of a strawberry. The hull is the tough white-ish centre “plug” at the top that the leaves grow out of. Using one can not only save the waste of cutting off too much of the top bit…
A sudare is a small, flexible mat made from strips of bamboo to help you assemble and roll up maki sushi. The mat is usually about 20 cm (8 inches ) square. Using a sudare mat To use a sudare, you put a large, flat piece of seaweed (“nori“) on the mat, leaving about 2…
Sugar cutters were everyday tools used for breaking such large pieces of sugar up into “lumps” or pieces. There were two general types. One for use by grocers, and another type for home use.
A suribachi is a Japanese mortar. Inside the bowl, it has ridges to help grind food item more easily and evenly. The pestles are made of wood, so as to not wear down the ridges over time.
A sushi press is a box with a lid used to make layered sushi (oshizushi).
A sushi-oke is a low wooden mixing bowl in which rice for sushi is cooled and seasoned with rice vinegar in preparation for the sushi making. The wood is a vital feature as it absorbs some excess moisture from the rice.
Swivel peelers are distinguished from other peelers by the way in which their blade functions. During use, the blade pivots, adjusting the angle automatically as needed.
Tagines are clay cooking vessels designed for low and slow cooking of food. Their shape concentrates flavours while allowing water vapour to escape.
Tassie cups is a term that means “small cups” in baking. It can mean small tart shells made of pastry or foil, or, it can refer to a muffin pan with smaller than usual sized cups in it.
A tassie press (aka tassie tamper, tart tamper) is a tool used for making for making small tart shells by pressing dough into shape rather than rolling dough and cutting it out.
A tea ball is a small mesh or perforated enclosure designed to hold loose tea leaves while they are being steeped in hot water. The purpose is to provide a way to remove tea leaves all at once quickly and easily from brewed tea.
A tea press is a pot with a strainer attached to a plunger. The plunger works with the strainer to separate tea leaves from the brewed tea to be poured into a cup.
Tea strainers are small strainers used in the serving of tea made from loose dried tea leaves. The strainers are either designed to sit over the top of a tea cup, or be held there.
Tea trappings, in the strictest sense of the term, are devices literally used to “trap” loose tea leaves. In the broader sense of the term, however, it means any of the accoutrements involved in the preparation, presentation, serving, and enjoyment of tea.
A Thai Mortar and Pestle is used to grind foods into a powder, and for making sauces. It will typically be made of either granite, or clay. Note though that Thais refer to it the other way round: as Pestle and Mortar!
Thermometers come in many different varieties and scales. The choice isn’t just between Fahrenheit or Celsius: some of the simpler ones are not really thermometers at all. They just show ranges — rare, medium, burnt-offering, etc. Some have mercury in them, but most are pure metal these days because it is safer (and cheaper.) Some…
Timbale moulds are small, tall moulds used to make the food shapes known as timbales.
A tongue press is used for pressing cooked, skinned tongue into a tube shape. This lets tongue sliced for luncheon meat have a more uniform appearance to its slices.
A toothpick is a very small tool, originally made to clean tooth. It is now used for a variety of purposes in the kitchen. Toothpicks can be made from wood, metal, plastic or bone.
A tortilla press is used for forming the Mexican flatbread called a “tortilla.” The press can be used for corn tortillas or flour tortillas.
Tortilla warmers are covered dishes used to keep tortillas warm at the table. Depending on the material they are made of, some can also be used to heat tortillas in.
Treen is a general category word used to refer to wooden tools and utensils. The most common treen items still in use in today’s kitchens are wooden spoons, wooden spatulas, cutting boards, and wooden lemon reamers.
A truffle shaver (aka truffle slicer) is a small hand tool designed to make small thin shavings from truffles (the mushroom ones, not the chocolate ones.) Most are shaped like a small paddle, about 15 cm (6 inches) long, with a single flat plane straight blade in the centre. The blades seem to always be…
A tube pan is a deep, ring-shaped pan with a tall tube in the centre. The tube is hollow, with no bottom on it, to allow hot air to pass through it like a chimney. It is used for sponge and angel food cakes.