Kitchen Equipment and Utensils
Wondering what equipment you should have in your kitchen? Don’t panic!, you don’t need to invest big sums of money to have what I call the essentials! Believe me, I’ve bought some equipment that is used time and time again and now I’d be lost without them! and there are a few which I now wonder why did I buy that!
Fancy a peak in my kitchen? Well here you go…..
I consider myself lucky to have a good size kitchen now! In the past I’ve had a large kitchen but hardly no work space and that is challenging especially when throwing dinner parties!
Got to admit having space just off the kitchen is handy especially having more than one fridge freezer! Oh and not forgetting the BBQ which is in storage at the moment, Hurry up Summer……..
I have quite a few favourite pieces of equipment and utensils…
I guess a good place to start is to tell you about the knives I have, these Sabatier knives are amazing! I find them well weighted and comfortable to hold and use. It’s quite important to find a set of good quality knives that “feel right” when you are using them, even if it just for a small task! The last thing you want is a blister because they have a lot of vegetables to chop and a knife that is not comfortable!
I have quite a collection because they are fit for the purpose,the Arcos cleaver is great for fine shredding vegetables and chopping up those pesky sweet potatoes!
And the other great thing about having a good collection is that you don’t have to keep stopping to wash the knife especially if you have lots of ingredients to prepare!
Food processors, blenders and other useful equipment
My compact Kenwood food and blender, I bought this over 10 years ago and it is so well used, I’m amazed that its still going considering the amount of usage, got to admit that it maybe due for an upgrade!
When I do, I’ll give it to a friend, old faithful has still got life in her yet!
Over on the right is my mini chopper, I had this from Sainsbury’s and is great for chopping chillies, fresh ginger and garlic. Ideal for blitzing small quantities.
Officially a coffee grinder, this one by Orbegozo is great at grinding up whole spices whether you want a coarse or fine powder.
With the amount of curries I make occasionally I have run out of Garam masala or cumin powder, this little fella has saved me a few times!
This is so easy to store being so small and compact!
Mandoline’s are great for getting vegetable sliced to a uniform size this particular one has 7 different blades from julienne to ridged and several grating diameters!
Ideal for slicing potatoes for dauphinoise or Parsnips for homemade crisps!
If you have one or plan on getting one be sure to keep your fingers tucked in!
If your a foodie chances are you’ve got one of these lurking in a cupboard somewhere! This is a Salter spiralizer, Yep! I actual use mine quite a lot especially in summer it makes light work of making coleslaw and salads. I love finding new ways to present dishes and this can help create that wow factor!
Remember those curly fries well this the gadget for it, big hit with the kids!
Pots and Pans
I love Tefal cookware I bought the classic set on the left 15 years ago and the wok from the picture on the right they are still going strong!
Might have something to do with not using metal utensils. They are robust and lightweight and perfect set for a single person and the two larger frying pans were given as a gift a few years ago! I highly doubt I would ever go back to cheap pans after having these and I would highly recommend the Tefal range to everyone!
A foodies best friend
The most beloved piece of equipment in my kitchen has got to be the dishwasher! This Beko dishwasher is a newcomer to my kitchen as the old one gave up! The programmes on this one are brilliant, especially on party days!
Well, I have to say it’s got to any foodies best friend!
Thats enough waffling about the equipment I use.
If you are interested in learning to cook or just about to set up your own kitchen in your new home for the first time here’s a little help to get you going, I have put together a basic list of equipment and utensils that you will find useful to get you started with, this is not an exhaustive list. Other items you may want to buy will depend on the styles of food you want to learn.
Equipment and Utensil list
Food processor, blender, hand blender, microwave, kettle, scales, timer
Lidded pans, frying pans, roasting trays, baking trays, muffin tray, cooling rack
Chopping boards, mixing bowls, colander, sieves, grater, citrus squeezer, measuring jug, measuring spoons/cup set
Bottle opener, tin opener, garlic press, rolling pin, scissors, digital food thermometer, airtight storage containers
Quality knives, sharpening steel, tongs, potato peeler, potato masher, spatula, slotted spoon, ladle, fish slice, spaghetti spoon, ballon whisk, wooden spoons, pizza wheel cutter, meat fork
Serving plates, bowls, serving cutlery, tea towels, oven gloves
Dinner set, cutlery
Herbs and spices click here