A PROFESSIONAL chef says there are three kitchen tools that she uses all the time that home cooks might not realize they need.
Chef Kelly Scott, who was trained at the Culinary Institute of America, says one of her "unexpected" go-to tools is a "workhorse" in her kitchen – and another makes cleanup a breeze.
"Here are the three unexpected kitchen tools I use the most as a chef – and you should be using too," she says in a viral TikTok video that's earned nearly 100,000 views.
"First, a bench scraper. This is a workhorse in my kitchen. It helps pick up all the food super easily," she says.
The chef demonstrates, scraping up diced onion from a cutting board to put into a bowl.
Bench scrapers are inexpensive kitchen additions, with quality stainless steel options selling for around $10 – and bargain-friendly bench scrapers are available for even less.
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In the comments section, she said that having one is just as important as having a good knife.
Her second favorite tool is a Microplane grater and zester.
"It's great for mincing garlic [and] ginger, shredding things, zesting things, shredding cheese. It's awesome,' she says.
She shows herself using this one, too, grating cloves of garlic.
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Her third go-to is a "trash bowl" – in her case, a metal mixing bowl that she uses for cleanup.
She says this can be kept on the countertop for easy disposal of things like food skins and eggshells, saving you the trip of walking to the trash can.
The chef shows called this one a "game-changer," saying it "saves SO much time."
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Enthusiastic viewers are grateful for her suggestions, with some agreeing that they use their bench scrapers and Microplane graters all the time.
Several have also called the trash bowl trick "brilliant" and "a must," with a few adding that it's a great way to collect waste for composting.
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