There are some basic pieces of equipment which every kitchen would be absent without. It’s often the most simple things which get overlooked during cooking, so ensuring that you have a kitchen which is well equipped with the basics will give you a head-start when making more complicated dishes. Here are some of the basic pieces of equipment that you should consider investing in: Knives. Have a set of knives which are various shapes and sizes, with both serrated and smooth blades. Mixing bowls. Inevitably, you’re going to need a variety of different sizes. Buy a set of nested bowls for easy storage. Pans. Have a set of pans that are different sizes, as well as at least one decent frying pan and a wok. Wooden spoons. Buy plenty – they will always be useful! Whisks. These are essential for cooking anything which you need to rise. You can use a fork as a last resort, but a whisk will always get the best results. Garlic press. Chopping garlic by hand is incredibly frustrating and time consuming. A Keep reading
A smoothie maker or a juicer is a powerful blending machine which can be used to make drinks. In a society where people are continuously trying to eat more healthily, it’s a useful addition to the kitchen if you need a little bit of inspiration about how to get your 5 a day. Fruits and vegetables will blend down into very little, so it’s a good way to get plenty of them into your daily diet. The fundamental difference between a smoothie maker and a juicer is that a juicer will extract pulp. This is ideal if you want to make thinner juices which are completely smooth. However, do bear in mind that they will need some extra cleaning. A smoothie maker is the most versatile of the two as you can blend basically anything which you want to. The blades are extremely powerful and will be able to blend together most ingredients. It’s ideal for blending more creamy mixtures which contain ingredients like banana or avocado. Either machine is a highly effective way of improving your diet Keep reading
Food mixers are a highly useful, versatile tool to have in your kitchen. They’re often used in baking, and as this hobby is growing in popularity, food mixers are becoming more useful than ever. You can buy a number of different products from various retailers and brands, so it’s worth doing some research to make sure that you’re choosing the right product for you. Mixers come in a range of shapes and sizes, from small hand-held devices to stand mixers big enough for commercial use. The one you choose will very much depend upon what you want to use it for and how much you want to spend – a hand-held mixer will be significantly cheaper than a stand mixer. Hand-held mixers can be either manual or motorised, and are generally used for more simple tasks. Depending on the settings available, the process may take longer than it would with a stand mixer. However, it will be perfectly adequate for most basic mixing functions, and it will allow you to whip ingredients together which would take an exceptionally Keep reading
Cooking outdoors is a popular pastime, especially during the summer months. We’ve already looked at how to create the perfect BBQ, and some of the food which can be cooked on it, but there are all kinds of options for cooking outdoors. One popular outdoor cooking appliance is the chiminea. Usually made from metal, a fire is built inside and smoke is released through a chimney at the top. They’re an attractive way to heat outdoor spaces, and can also be used for cooking food. One option involves using the heat from the chimney, and placing pans on top of it to cook dishes like scrambled eggs or stews. Depending on the design of your chiminea, you may need an additional platform to place it on, but smoke should just be released from the front instead. Most chimineas will come with a wire grill which can be placed over the fire, so you can also use this for cooking food. This operates in exactly the same way as a traditional BBQ, so it’s perfect for grilling meat, fish Keep reading
At the time of its release, the George Foreman grill was truly revolutionary; it allowed people to grill their own food without bathing it in fats and oils which could mean their health was harmed. Nowadays, the George Foreman grill has a number of copies out there, all of which are perfectly fine as a grill. The new variations of the foreman grill have a number of options which increase the value of the device even further. For instance the floating hinge; this is a hinge which can accommodate any size of meat or vegetable, or even multiple sizes, as it will rise up further to ensure an even grill to anything you place in the grill, to a reasonable size, as well as dish-washable grill plates.