It’s easy to stock up on the many kitchen tools and equipment available in department stores, specialty shops and even supermarkets. But which ones are essential and really work? Here, we distill the very best items, guaranteed to make your cooking life a joy.
Colanders are critical for training the water off pasta, pulses, fruits and vegetable. A variety of sizes and colors are available -take a look at our cheerful speckled enamel colander or a silver polished version.
Chefs of all levels will find graters equivalent for everyday use. Ensure you choose a grater with a good weight and ergonomic feel, and consider whether a boxed or hand-held model will suit your cooking style.
There’s no baking a food processor in terms of time and convenience, especially after a long day. Some really wonderful models are now available to help with juicing, slicing and chopping tasks.
4. Kitchen Aid
Kitchen Aids are a must for anyone who enjoys baking and needs a hand with mixing, kneading or whipping ingredients together. Offered in a range of colors, the classic stand mixer is an excellent place to begin.
A solid pair of scissors may sound like an obvious tool to have about the kitchen, but fact is they’re capable. Whether you’re out picking herbs in the garden or cutting string, a strong, cushioned pair will serve you well.
Take the guesswork out of baking and invest in a set of kitchen scales that will see you through the decades.
7. Garlic press
If fresh garlic is a staple in your kitchen, then a press should be too! An especially handy version is the Garlic garlic press, which allows you to crush several cloves without having to peel them.
8. Hand blender
Hand or stick blenders come into their own when you need to whip, puree or blend a liquid quickly. Many versions are available, but we’re particularly fond of the Dualit model which comes with several attachments depending on your requirements.
The stalwarts of the baker’s kitchen, measuring cups can also be the most fun gadgets as there are so many different designs and shapes to choose from. The Brights Measuring range made from vivid silicone is just one of several options.
10. Mixing bowls
The ideal vessels for stirring and serving, mixing bowls are the type of kitchen tools which make perfect gifts for yourself and others.
No matter what the size or scale of your kitchen, these ten essential gadgets will allow you to prepare all manner of snacks and meals. Look after them well, and they’ll see you through a lifetime of cooking.
Cool New Useful Kitchen Gadgets For Your Home
We have all the say the “if you cant stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” and it is true, the kitchen is a stressful place to work in. Perhaps you get harassed with the high levels of noise and heat in the kitchen, try to make a dessert, or find that your culinary dishes are bland and uninteresting. Whatever is causing your stress, there is bound to be a nifty kitchen gadget to help you out!
Do you have children that seem to excel in making crumbs magically appear after a meal, no matter how many napkins, clothes and baleful flowers you give them? Rather than going to the time and expense of polishing the table after meal …. why not use Crumb Pets? Crumb Pets are miniature vacuums shaped like an animal, so this makes cleaning up for young children a more tolerable task.
Are you a real whiz with deserts, perhaps you want to experiment with some slowly more adventurous deserts such as Baked Alaskas or a crème bulee? It sounds extreme, but you will really need a cook’s blowtorch in order to caramelize the sugar most effectively, to give that special finishing touch.
Are you a keen gardener, want to do your bit for the environment or are a keen recycler? Well why not use the waste food and organic material of your kitchen as compost, a task made all the easier by a ceramic compost crock, an innovative device that will allow you to store you kitchen waste for use as a compost without having to worry about the nasty smell rotting material can produce. The compost crocks make use of a carbon filter to help reduce the smell, and also has an air vent specifically designed to maintain the proper circulation of air through the crock to help retard decay. Please note even that cooked food and meat are not suitable for composting.
How many times have you struggled to open a bottle of wine? Corkscrews can be exceptionally awkward to use at the best of times, and seem to require a complete workout of the arm muscles, in areas that would be best suited for a professional rower. With an electric cork screw all of the hard work and effort is totally eliminated, and is remarkably easy to use. This handy gadget simply requires you to place it above the cork and press a button, and the cork is suctioned out of the bottle!
Perhaps you are health conscious and want to reduce the fat in your diet, well let a Microwave Fat Free Browning Plate help you in all cooking. The Fat free plate is a great way to fry food whilst removing the fat meaning the same great taste without the health risk, whether it be steaks, French fries or pork chops, this great device removes the need for any oil or butter. Keeping the fat free plate is very easy, with its built in splatter proof guard you wont need to worry about constant cleaning.