This is a guest post written by Harry Jennings – a cooking fanatic and regular food blogger.
Cooking at home is without doubt increasing in popularity, with TV chefs rising to stardom and spreading the word of good food. People are being shown how to create exciting dishes at home, and a new breed of wannabe chefs is taking over much of the planet. As we become more adventurous in the kitchen, we develop our skills; and in order to do that we need the right equipment.
In this post we’ve put together a list of our top 5 kitchen utensils that no kitchen should be without. If you don’t own all of these, perhaps it’s time to invest! As a little tip, it’s always a good idea to invest in high quality kitchen equipment, as you really do get what you pay for.
Solid Pots and Pans
If you scrimp and save when it comes to pots and pans, you really can find that the poor quality stuff can make cooking even more of a difficult task. With flimsy pans you’ll find it hard to control the heat, which will often result in you burning your food. Also, you need to make sure that the pans are non-stick, otherwise you’ll have a real task on your hands when it comes to cleaning up!
Poor quality, blunt knives are every chef’s nightmare. Make sure that you have some good quality blades and that you sharpen them regularly. You should have a variety of different shapes and sizes of knives, as it makes it easier if you have the right knife for the job in hand. For example, slicing bread with a fruit knife is going to cause problems.
Whether you’re making a soup, a sauce or blitzing your herbs and spices, stick blenders are the ultimate tool. You just have to look at chefs like Jamie Oliver to see how often you can use a blender to make the fiddly chopping jobs a breeze.
A Good Mixer
Anyone who tries their hand at baking needs a good quality standing kitchen mixer. Forget putting in all that extra elbow grease to get the perfect mixture, let the electric mixer do the hard work for you. You can get some really stylish models now, such as the Kitchenaid Mixer, which can actually make a great touch to any kitchen.
Pestle and Mortar
A Pestle and mortar is by far the best way to combine different herbs and spices. With a pestle and mortar you can infuse the flavours of the ingredients that your working with, and they’re a great tool for creating tasty dressings.