With the kitchen one of the hubs of the home, it’s key to ensure that you have everything you need to make it fully functional
Like any good workspace, your kitchen needs the right tools. Having these to hand will ensure you cook up a storm in no time. But fear not, we tell you what you should have in your kitchen – and why.
Be cutting edge
A good knife set is the bible for any budding chef, and there are three knives that you should have to hand: a chef’s knife, paring knife and a serrated knife.
If possible, test out the knives before you buy (no, we don’t mean getting them out in the shop and chopping an onion). Any knife should feel comfortable in your grip – especially if you’re dedicated vegetable prepper this Christmas! Shop around and remember that price also plays a big factor in your choice. Opt for a mid to high-range set as they tend to last longer than cheaper sets.
Chop to it
No kitchen would be complete without a few chopping boards! We are all familiar with the advice that different boards should be used for chopping different food groups. You should have a dedicated board for cutting raw meats, one for vegetable and fruit prep and another at least for preparing raw fish. Having separate boards for different types of prep helps to avoid cross contamination of food groups; which means less chance of catching any nasty bugs.
Our top tip is to look for chopping boards that are dishwasher safe and easy to store.
These might not quite do what they say on the tin and save space, but they are a god-send for any kitchen. Pop these on your kitchen worktops to help protect surfaces when placing down hot pots and pans.
There are plenty of funky designs available and they are great for adding a touch of uniqueness to any kitchen work surface.
Measure it right
Mucking up on adding the right amount of ingredients for a recipe spells disaster. Avoid cooking and baking fails by investing in a set of measuring cups and measuring spoons.
No need to go for a boring set either; liven up your kitchen drawer with bright and beautiful designs that will keep you wanting to cook and bake!
Slowly does it
On the go? Find it hard to fit in cooking hearty meals every day? Then a slow cooker may just be the solution for you. With people leading busier lives, slow cookers have experienced a resurgence in demand and there are plenty of different sizes and brands available. A lot of recipes can easily be thrown together in just minutes before you head to work. Pop it on and you’ll have a delicious tea ready for you when you get back home. Plus, there is no shortage of recipe books which are full of inspirational ideas that will help ensure meal times aren’t boring – or laborious to prepare either!
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