Top 10 Kitchen Supplies and Essentials for Middle Eastern Cooking

A woman is pouring Turkish Coffee in to a vintage Turkish coffee cup.
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To be a success in the kitchen, you must have the right tools, very much like an artist with the right brushes and paints. This is a listing of recommended kitchen supplies, utensils, and essentials for cooking Middle Eastern food.
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    To make authentic Turkish coffee, you will need an ibrik. An ibrik is what you cook and serve your coffee in. It also serves as a great conversational piece for your guests during coffee.

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    A mortar and pestle is good for grinding your own spices and mashing together garlic and herbs. The flavor cannot be replicated! There are some expensive mortar and pestles on the market but price really doesn't indicate the quality. The result comes from the one who is using it, so don't spend too much on one.

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    Although it's a little pricey, a high quality stand mixer is one of the best investments you will ever make in your kitchen. Knead dough to perfection, blend on different speeds, fold... you name it and a good mixer can handle the job.

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    Wooden spoons are a must have! You can't melt them and they work in every type of pot surface.
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    Once you start using a food processor, it's hard to go back to working without one. Middle Eastern cooking requires a lot of chopping, and this will save time and energy. You can also chop up nuts, grind coffee beans; the uses are endless.

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    Pyrex bakeware is ideal because of its ability to withstand high temperatures and distribute heat evenly. It's ideal for baking casseroles, gratins or even pans of chocolate brownies.

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    Middle Eastern cooking involves a lot of meat cooked on skewers so it's essential to keep some on hand. Wooden skewers are fine if given a good pre-soaking but stainless steel skewers will always be safer and do not have to be disposed of after each use.

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    A solid roasting pan is an essential! These are great for roasts, leg of lamb, chicken, turkey and many other meats. Meat cooked on a roasting rack and pan really is more tender and juicy. Clean up is very easy, too.
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    Invest in a good cookware set, no matter what type of cooking you do. Even heating and temperature control is very important. Some of the less expensive sets burn on the bottoms and do not allow even heating.
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    Meat thermometers are essential when cooking meat, especially large cuts like leg or shoulder of lamb, turkeys, roasts etc. Knowing the exact internal temperatures will prevent either under or over cooked dinners.