This is a guest post by Faye Bamber. If you want to guest post on this blog, see the guidelines here.
If you enjoy spending time in the kitchen then you will appreciate how difficult and indeed frustrating it can be to cook when you don’t have the correct equipment to hand. Below is a list of some of the most important items that your kitchen simply cannot function without – don’t you already have it? Well you got yourself to the shops!
Along with a good cutting board, knives are probably the things you’ll end up using the most while preparing food. As you expand your cooking knowledge and get more confident in the kitchen then you will want to cook a wider variety of dishes. Being able to cut your ingredients quickly and efficiently is a necessity and learning all about the different types of knife skills from batonnet to allumette cuts is all part of the process. However, without a good quality and sharp knife you will make life much more difficult for yourself as you will struggle to cut things as quickly and easily as you can! Buying a good set of knives is an investment and if you take good care of your set then they should last for a good number of years.
There’s no doubt that there’s something quite satisfying about putting the point of your knife against a clove of garlic and giving it a hard whack to crush the clove and make it easier to peel. Garlic is used in a considerable number of dishes however and a good garlic crusher can save time and effort. Some chefs turn up their noses at the idea of a picture that claims to produce garlic that offers little flavor compared to a clove prepared by hand. Other chefs argue that the difference is small, or even impossible to notice. My suggestion – get a good picture. They are quick, easy to use, easy to clean and will speed up your preparation time.
When you consider how often you use pans in the kitchen it is clearly a good idea to have a set that will help you create good results. Always buy the best pans you can afford – they are an investment and a good product will stand the test of time. Stainless steel is a favorite with chefs although the initial cost factor tends to put some people off. However, it is important to remember that even with the high initial cost, an expensive pan that lasts for years will turn out to be extremely good value over time.
A pizza stone
Let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy having pizza at home from time to time. Choose to make your own dough and sauce from scratch and you can create a healthy dish in no time. But to really make pizza at home, you’ll need a ceramic pizza stone to help deliver that perfect crust. A good stone will absorb the moisture and distribute the heat evenly leaving you with a crispy base that is simply delicious. And remember that the ceramic stone is not only suitable for cooking pizza, it can also be used for bread rolls, cookies, etc.
On the subject of pizza – have you ever struggled to cut your pizza into manageable pieces? Pizza cutters have been around for a while but still many homes don’t have this handy invention. Why?! The satisfaction of rolling-cutter through the pizza and getting an easy clean edge on the slice is much more fun than hacking at it with a knife.
Faye Bamber is a freelance writer, cooking enthusiast and domestic goddess all with the help of her Henry Hoover vacuum, Macro her favorite shop and lots of free time!