featured image
Homemade Chicken Sausage & Veggie Bowl, photo by Paul Bielinski

The Right Tools For Your Kitchen

By Paul Bielinski

As a home builder and a home cook, I know the importance of a well-built kitchen. But the craftsmanship and design are just the start, you also need the perfect tools. Here are some tips for making sure you’ve got the right equipment for every recipe.


Any cook that’s worth their weight in salt will tell you that the most important tool in your drawer is a trusty chef’s knife, because a good one can do almost anything. Forget all the gizmos on the market, they’re too expensive and take up space in your cabinets. Instead, spend a little extra on a quality knife and you’ll never regret it. If you treat your knife right with proper cleaning, sharpening, and storage, it will last for years.


Cooking is all about time management and multitasking, so anything that makes your life easier is worth every penny. Personally, I couldn’t live without a food processor and a kitchen mixer. The food processor’s ability to chop, dice, mince, grate, and slice to any consistency will save you time, and the kitchen mixer will stiff, whip, and mix ingredients while you work on other parts of your recipe.


We like to keep it simple in the kitchen. I’m content with the staples — knives, pots, pans, cutting boards, measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls... you get the gist. And to be honest, most culinary gadgets aren’t worth the price tag. But if there’s one high-tech tool I will wholeheartedly recommend, it’s a sous vide immersion circulator. It sounds intimidating, but really it’s just a device to control water flow and temperature around a submerged, vacuum-sealed bag of whatever you’re cooking. I recently gave one to my other half as a gift, and it was so well received that I haven’t even been allowed to use it myself. If you want some of the most succulent meals you’ve ever tasted, look into sous vide.


We can’t always be members of the clean plate club. So remember when storing your food to use glass. Some plastic containers have been shown to have harmful chemicals like BPA that can leach into your food. Even if you’re not an organic junkie like myself, you don’t want harmful chemicals in your food. Go glass, you’ll thank me in twenty years.

Are you an awesome home cook looking for the right kitchen? Check out our floor plans here.
  • Everyone that has come to visit is so impressed with the quality, layout and the style. We are extremely happy and eagerly await the next chapters of life in our beautiful new home. Thank you, Bielinski Homes!
    Janet Agnello
  • We fell in love with the open-concept floor plan of the Independence. We are very happy with our decision and look forward to the many memories we will make in our new home.
    Kyle & Jessica Ervin
  • We’ve been very happy with our experience with Bielinski Homes. Everyone involved in the purchase of our home was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to meet our needs. We love our new Bielinski Home!
    Billy & Amy Friess
  • We built this home with a vision in hopes of expanding our family. The Bielinski staff provided us with top-notch customer service, and the entire process was seamless. We are beyond thrilled with our new home. We recommend Bielinski Homes to anyone looking to build!
    Jay & Amie Humbert
  • We absolutely love our Bielinski home and have received so many compliments on the detail and beauty that it has to offer. We're so glad we chose Bielinski and want to thank the whole team for making the process exciting and fun at the same time. Cheers, and here's to many more family gatherings in our "forever" home!
    James & Peggy Osbourne