Have you just moved into a lovely new home and found yourself without your home essentials? Whilst I’m sure you didn’t forget to pack the kettle, I’ll bet you are missing some key kitchen essentials. Or perhaps you want to replace items to fit in with the decor of your new kitchen. Either way, the kitchen is dubbed the heart of the home with good reason since we spend so much of our time there.
You don’t need to buy everything you see at a kitchen supplies store. After all, money might be a bit tight after all those moving expenses. No, you just need the basics in order to come up with a good meal.
Here are the top 3 cooking essentials you should consider purchasing first.
A Dutch oven
If there is a pan that you want to make sure is in your kitchen, it would have to be a Dutch oven – a thick-walled cooking pot with a tight-fitting lid.
Many people would probably ask, why not a cast iron pan? After all, it is very useful and can be used for a variety of things.
But you can also use the Dutch oven for the same things. It can be used for frying and browning meat, you can use it to boil pasta or rice.
Aside from the mentioned, you can also use it in the oven. It can be used for casseroles and some pasta dishes like lasagna or baked macaroni.
If you are in a hurry, it can even be used for one pot dinners. You can visit Warmchef.com for details on the best pans and other kitchen tools you can invest in.
A set of knives
Your knives are one of the most important tools you will own. There is a reason why so many chefs are willing to spend thousands of pounds on their own set.
Again, you do not have to invest in loads of different knife types – just get a few basic ones. Start off with a chef’s knife and a paring knife and add to your collection as you go along – and get more proficient at cooking.
Just remember that when purchasing a knife, you need to hold them yourself. You need to find one that feels comfortable in your hand.
It’s not enough to just base your decisions on the recommendations of others because it’s different for everybody.
Also, make sure to always keep your knife sharpened so that it will still be able to function well. Some knives may be expensive, but they are made to be durable and last many years.
And, obviously, make sure to keep them out of the reach of little ones.
Measuring cups or spoons
Most home cooks who have had years of experience in the kitchen can already prepare their recipes without having to use any measuring tool.
In other words, they just “eyeball” the ingredients but are still able to come up with amazing dishes.
But if you are a novice cook, you might want to master the basic skills before you start experimenting.
Precision is often very important when preparing food – particularly if you want to try your hand at baking.
Unlike cooking which can be flexible and adjusted, baking is a science. If you try to change the measurements given in the recipe, it may change the texture of your bread or pastries.
You don’t want to add too much sugar, salt or chilli flakes! That’s why you need your measuring cups or spoons. American recipes tend to use cups as a measurement whilst here in the UK ingredients tend to be measured in spoons.
Either way, both are really useful if you are on a diet, as they help with portion control.
With these three pieces of equipment, you should be able to create a substantial home-cooked meal without blowing your budget.