The endless supply of kitchen tools and gadgets leads to confusion for many novice cooks. With so many options in differing colours and designs at your fingertips, you may find it difficult to know what to buy. Instead of filling your kitchen drawers and shelves with gadgets used once and left to collect dust the rest of the year, invest in kitchen tools that will save you time in the kitchen on a regular basis.
Stock your kitchen with essentials first. Wood cutting boards are great for chopping vegetables, cutting meat and kneading bread. Be sure to have two cutting boards, one for just meat and a second cutting board for everything else.
Fill your drawers with a can opener, a meat thermometer, a collapsible colander and a sturdy set of heat-resistant plastic spoons. For vegetable preparations your kitchen needs a vegetable peeler, a vegetable brush, a food chopper, a steamer insert for pots and a salad spinner. A meat grinder, a meat tenderizer and a hamburger press save time in your day. Every kitchen must also have a reliable kitchen timer.
Baking gadgets and tools provide endless time-saving and creative options in the kitchen. Essential gadgets for the serious baker include: a pastry brush, a dough blender, a flour sifter, sturdy measuring spoons and cups, a rolling pin and mixing bowls. Both liquid and dry measuring cups are important tools.
Depending on your interest in baking, doughnut pans, muffin and loaf tins and a pizza stone provide fun additions to your kitchen. Also make room for cake decorating tools, a cookie press and pastry accessories for dessert preparations.
Grill your food with ease and style utilising a few useful gadgets and tools. Grilling tools such as forks, tongs, spatulas, knives, meat hooks and grill brushes are must-haves.
Use cedar, maple or hickory grilling planks to add flavour to your food. For a smoky flavour, keep wood chips and a non-stick smoker available. Long, hand-held salt and pepper shakers make seasoning your food risk-free. Grill in the evening hours with a mini-magnetic grill light that you can wrap around your grilling utensils. Infuse your meat with rich flavours using a marinade injector.
Fill your kitchen with gadgets and tools that aid with eating a healthy diet of foods. The best and most important tool for this pursuit remains a food scale. Easy to use, the food scale provides quick digital measurements in the kitchen.
An olive oil sprayer limits your intake of high-calorie oils. Add flavour without the calories using a pepper mill, a lemon zester, a garlic press and a herb mill. Steam vegetables easily when you are pressed for time with a microwave steamer container.
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