If you are just starting to cook or have moved into your own place, chances are you don’t have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here are a few recommendations on what to get as you are starting out. As time goes by, you will of course, get more kitchen gadgets. But here are five that we suggest starting out with:
This is something very basic, as you can’t chop anything without having a chopping board. It is very versatile, as you can chop pretty much anything on it – onions, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, herbs, etc.
Some people prefer to get separate chopping boards for meat, dairy items, vegetables, etc. Others get differently sized chopping boards, and use them depending on the volume of things they need to chop. Start out with one, and see what else you need. On the other hand, if you want one chopping board that not only works with all food types, but is also hailed as the most hygienic, durable and eco friendly option then it may be worth your while to look at the range of boards offered by Fab Slabs. They ship worldwide as have distributors in several countries around the world.
Again, this is very basic, but you will not be able to chop or cook anything without a knife. A good, sharp knife goes a long way to help you prepare food.
You can go to some stores, and hold the knives in your hand, so that you know which one you are comfortable with. Always remember to pick a cutting board that is gentle on knives to ensure your kitchen knives stay sharp for as long as possible.
You need a pot for pretty much anything – from boiling pastas to making soups to stewing to pretty much anything else. Some pots come with colander inserts, which makes it easier to cook pasta. Or, you may get a colander separately, and use that.
We love sauté pans, and use them all the time. Again, they are very versatile, and we recommend getting ones without wooden handles, so that you can put the sauté pan in the oven as well.
Use the sauté pan for preparing stir fries, sautéing meat and fish, cooking vegetables and much, much more.
These are perfect for preparing things in the oven. From roast to roasted chicken to roasted vegetables, a roasted pan can help you cook your favourite dishes in the oven.
Don’t be scared – cooking is fun. Start getting a few things that we recommended, and add to your collection of kitchen equipment as time goes.