NFL newbies might know their X’s and O’s on the field, but most have no idea how to cook. That’s why New York Giants nutritionist Tara Ostrowe and executive chef Angelo Basilone give every rookie a nutritional playbook, including a list of all of the gear they need to win in the kitchen. Below are four versatile pieces of equipment that can help you accomplish most of the tasks you need to do when cooking.
10-Inch Omelet Pan
“This can be used for cooking chicken or fish or for sautéing vegetables or making eggs and omelets,” says Ostrowe. Other foods you can cook in an omelet pan include ground beef, ground turkey and potatoes.
“It’s meant to cut meat, but I use it to cut just about everything,” Ostrowe says. Make sure it’s sharp—you’re more likely to injure yourself by applying too much force to compensate for a dull knife. Look for an eight-inch blade with a comfortable handle.
If you want to cook something, you need a surface on which to prep it. You’ll want to invest in two of them, since Ostrowe “always recommends using a separate vegetable cutting board” to avoid cross-contaminating bacteria, which can occur if you use the same surface to prepare raw meats and produce.
“With a large pot you can cook pasta, steam vegetables, and make rice,” says Ostrowe. Make sure you choose one large enough for all your needs, but not so large that it becomes cumbersome. The average “chef” (that’s you) can prepare most meals with a pot that holds between six and eight quarts.
Want to do even more in the kitchen? Here’s the full roster of supplies Ostrowe recommends:
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cup
- Large pot
- Large sauté pan
- Omelet pan
- Grill or grill pan
- Paring knife
- Chef’s knife
- Boning knife
- Cutting boards
- Meat thermometer
Once you’ve invested in your kitchen, use that blender to power up your training with these four smoothie recipes from the New York Giants.