Whether you are just buying a house for the first time or you have decided that you need to cook more often instead of ordering takeaways every evening, you are going to need a set of chef’s tools which support your ambition. And while you can spend hundreds putting together a comprehensive set of equipment, there is no point buying things which you are never going to use. Instead, you should focus on the essentials to start off with – and here are just a few of them.
A Good Set of Knives
Pretty much every meal that you want to prepare is going to involve chopping, and this task is made so much easier with a good, sharp set of knives. There are plenty of big brands that you could look into getting – or you could look into something more specific like some Japanese chef knives. Make sure that you take good care of your knives, keeping them nice and sharp. Otherwise, they won’t maintain the same high level of performance that you bought them for in the first place.
Ideally, you will want to have a good set of cutting boards in your kitchen so that you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination of your meat and vegetables. And you also don’t want to have to go through the hassle of having to scrub your chopping board clean every few minutes. Make sure that the boards are big enough to do the job comfortably without pieces sliding onto the countertop.
A Food Processor
When it comes to items which provide you with a simple shortcut in your cooking, you can’t get much better than a food processor. There is so much that you can do with this from preparing sauces to making your morning smoothie.
Sometimes, the most simple kitchen items are the best – and you are never likely to find yourself with too many wooden spoons! They are so much more useful and adaptable than their metal counterparts – and you also don’t have the risk of burning yourself to worry about!
A Casserole Dish
You can make a hearty meal for the whole family in a casserole dish. Whether you are preparing a stew, soup or a chili con carne, this will certainly do the job. And if you invest in a good quality one, it should stand the test of time and last you for years and years.
A Slow Cooker
If you are always finding yourself short of time at the end of a long day, it certainly helps if your meal has been cooking the whole time that you have been at work! If you have never used a slow cooker before, you may well find that it changes your cooking in a big way. Soon, you may be wondering how you ever lived without one!
Though there are many more things that we could add, there is just some of the kitchen equipment which is well worth investing in.