Friday, May 29, 2020

Good Kitchen Equipment (List) to Have at Hand

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You won’t need a lot of gadgets, or high-tech kitchen equipment for my type of cooking. I hate too many gadgets because I have never had the luxury of a very big kitchen and they just clutter the place up. I only tolerate those I need to use all the time. Anything else isn’t worth the space.

Avoid the False Economy of “Buying Cheap”

When buying pans and saucepans, it is a false economy to buy cheap, bad-quality ones. If you have never really equipped a kitchen properly before, you may be shocked at how much good quality cast-iron kitchenware costs, as I was, the first time I bought it as a penniless student!

But the beautiful Staub pots and pans I bought decades ago, for a small fortune, are the ones I still use today. They worked out cheaper in the long run, than the bargain ones I also bought along the way, that fell apart after a few years, or burnt so quickly that I had so many blackened-saucepan-episodes, they had to be thrown out.

Investing in good cookware is also important to your cooking. If you are using a bad frying pan, your food will burn and it will spit out oil all over the place when you turn the heat up. Likewise, a thin-based saucepan, which does not distribute the heat evenly, will spoil many a dish and make cooking a frustrating chore.

Kitchen Equipment List

Sometimes, it is legitimate for a good cook to blame bad cookware for a ruined dish—-so make things a little easier for yourself by using pots and pans that are worthy of your efforts. Here is a list of things that I find make the life of a Good Food Angel a little easier:

  • Good press/larder space, as cool as you can make it with good shelving
  • A spacious fridge
  • A spacious freezer with pull-out shelves
  • A good oven (electric or gas)
  • A good hob (gas is better than electric and a range is best of all!)
  • Food processor
  • Hand blender
  • Vegetable crinkle cutter
  • Cookie cutter
  • Hand juice squeezer
  • Garlic crusher
  • A few good knives
  • A couple of ladles
  • Some good sized large spoons
  • A few good quality wooden chopping boards (mark out one for vegetables, one for fish/meat and one for fruit/dessert things)
  • Wooden breadboard
  • Lots of air-tight glass jars to store your pulses, grains, pasta, sugar etc.
  • Cast-iron heavy based saucepans (le Cruesset is good—–get the ones you can also put in the oven)
  • Cast iron heavy-based frying pans (as above—I have ones with removable handles that can also go under the grill or in the oven)
  • Proper pasta saucepan (with in-built strainer)
  • Omelette pan
  • Wok
  • Large soup/casserole toureen with a thick base
  • Other large saucepans for boiling spuds etc.
  • Vegetable steamer (stainless steel or bamboo)
  • Fish Kettle
  • Milk saucepan
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Cake tins
  • Baking trays
  • Casserole dishes with lids
  • Pie/ meatloaf/ bread tins
  • Oven-proof flan dishes
  • Some nice serving bowls for the table
  • A large fruit bowl for the table
  • A nice candle holder and non-synthetic candles for the table
  • Some nice plain delf, white or coloured (anything too fussy distracts from the food)
Emily Murdoch
Hi I write about health and fitness for women! You may contact me at emily@cleanseplan.com

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