If you love to cook — or even if you don’t — the right kitchen tools can make the difference between a satisfying meal and total disaster.
You wouldn’t go hiking without a good pair of boots on your feet and a container of water. You wouldn’t try to mow your lawn with a weed-whacker and you wouldn’t go mountain climbing without a, ummm, well, mountain climbing thingy.
My point is, if you’re going to do something — anything — you need the proper tools. Having the right equipment not only makes the job easier and safer, it increases the likelihood of a good outcome and a good time.
Cooking is no different than any other activity you might want or need to engage in. But so often people think of cooking as a third rate activity. The same people who would spend hundreds of dollars on the proper running shoe will use a paper cup as a cereal bowl and a napkin as a coffee filter.
I know this first hand. I have a brother. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.
The good news is that it is never too late to mend your ways. You can start today by taking an inventory of your kitchen equipment and adding the things that will make cooking easier, safer, quicker and more fun. I’ve prepared a list.
The Top 10 Kitchen Essentials
- 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet— This could be the only pan you’ll ever need. It will be your go to for all types of cooking, from eggs to chili to steak or chicken, and everything in between. It is also nearly indestructible.
- Cutting Board— Buy a set that contains 3 pieces, small, medium and large.
- A Good Set Of Knives—These can be pricey, but think of it as an investment. A proper set of kitchen knives will last a lifetime.
- A Professional Knife Sharpener— This item doesn’t have to be costly, but it is as important as anything in your kitchen. A sharp knife works better than a dull one. And you’ll be less likely to cut yourself when using it.
- An Immersion Blender—You’ll probably find that this little tool can replace a large and costly blender. It can make a milkshake or liquify a soup. It will also froth steamed milk for your skinny latte.
- Measuring Cups And Spoons—Go for stainless, nesting-type utensils that take up less room and store more easily.
- Serving Spoon— Stop trying to serve mashed potatoes with tongs. Invest in a proper “big” spoon and do the job right.
- Ladle—Stop trying to serve soup with a fork. A good ladle will serve spaghetti sauce, soup or even punch.
- Meat Thermometer— Whether grilling or roasting, takes the guess work out of cooking meat.
- Slow Cooker— If you are the type that hates to cook, this will prepare for you a wonderful meal with little fuss and even less time. You dump ingredients in and a meal comes out. It’s that simple.
These 10 items will get you started on your way to a well-outfitted kitchen. Now all you need is that special someone to appreciate your hard work.