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
- 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)