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If you’ve visited the Netherlands then you’ll know that the country boasts a highly distinctive and utterly delicious cuisine. But did you know that it also has its own range of uniquely Dutch kitchen utensils?
Kaaschaaf (cheese slicer)
Although the typical Dutch cheese slicer is no longer marketed exclusively in the Netherlands, you’ll still struggle to find it in countries outside of Europe. And, in the Netherlands you can buy a variety of different cheese slicers in addition to the standard slicer, including a cheese slicer for young cheese, which is blade free to prevent the cheese from sticking, as well as an ergonomic cheese slicer, which features a handle that’s specially designed for those with less strength in their hands and / or joint pain in the wrist.
Flessenlikker (bottle scraper)
The Dutch are well known for their thriftiness, which is perhaps why the bottle scraper (also known as ‘flessenschraper’ or ‘yoghurtlikker’) is so often associated with the Netherlands. The bottle scraper benefits from a long handle complete with rubber scraper, which can be used to carefully extract every last drop (e.g. yogurt or custard) from a bottle or tub. Surprisingly, the bottle scraper was actually invented in Norway, where it never took off quite like it did in the Netherlands!
Aardappelstamper (potato masher)
Just like the Dutch cheese slicer, the typical Dutch potato masher also boasts a highly unique design. It’s made from extremely thick, wiry metal and is traditionally used to prepare the popular Dutch winter warmer known as stamppot.
Poffertjespan (mini pancake pan)
It’s almost impossible to make authentic Dutch poffertjes (mini pancakes) without a trusty Dutch poffertjespan – a frying pan featuring dozens of indentations that are lovingly filled with delicious Dutch pancake batter (using a ‘doseerfles’ – dispensing bottle). In Holland poffertjes are gently fried on both sides until golden brown, before being served warm with a knob of butter and a light dusting of icing sugar.
Pannenkoekenpan (pancake pan)
Although you can use almost any type of pan to make pancakes, those who prefer true Dutch pancakes will need the genuine article – a hefty Dutch pancake pan with generous dimensions for sizable results!
Prefer to read this article in Dutch? Then visit our sister blog, Heimwee.info, specifically intended for Dutch emigrants.