Bulgarian Kitchen Essentials
A Bulgarian kitchen is stacked with tools that are a mix of hi-tech and some basic tools. Here is a guide for reference to give you a glimpse of a few Bulgarian kitchen essentials.
This is one of the most useful kitchen tools. It can be used for a variety of tasks like turning meat on barbecue, to loosen boiling spaghetti, turn the meat pieces in the stew, to fish out nuggets from oil after frying, or to simply toss a salad.
One cannot survive in a Bulgarian kitchen without this gadget. If you love to cook elaborate meals, your savior is a food processor. This is a gadget that can help you with tasks like chopping, whipping, slicing, grinding and mixing food by just a push of a button. If a good food processor is not affordable, you could buy the handy three-cup choppers instead that can also serve the purpose to an extent.
It is essential to have a set of mixing bowls in a Bulgarian kitchen for all the mixing and mincing tasks. The basic requirement is a set of bowls that are durable, heat resistant and lightweight for all the cooking and baking activities.
Garlic press/ slicer
A decent garlic press/slicer is essential in a Bulgarian kitchen. Garlic is an essential ingredient used in a lot of dishes. A cast aluminum press can be used to mash large or small cloves. You could also prefer to use a nonporous mortar and pestle to mash the garlic.
Wooden spoons can be used for this purpose. These do not conduct heat while stirring sauces and soups. For stirring large pots you could use longer spoons of nearly 14 inches length.
For all the tasks ranging from slicing vegetables to quartering a chicken, a Chef’s knife is required. To suit the budget and suffice the need one needs to buy a set of forged knives i.e. the steel of the blade is embedded till the bottom of the handle, to the slicing and dicing of meat and vegetables. Even though the presence of a food processor reduces the need of a knife, but a good kitchen knife does come in handy many a times.
A scale is used for weighing and measuring food quantities. Precision in measurement can be of utmost importance in some case like baking a cake; hence one requires a scale in a Bulgarian kitchen. A digital scale can be used to calculate both metric and standard weights of any kind of ingredient.
One can make use of a Microplane grater for accomplishing tasks like grating hard cheese and for zesting fruits, fresh ginger and to grate chocolate to garnish desserts.
Bulgarians prefer to serve and eat food from earthenware rather than using modern melamine plates and other dining sets. Hence make sure that you stack your kitchen countertop with the likes of these to serve food the traditional Bulgarian way.
The above mentioned list of equipments will surely kick start your venture into cooking delicious Bulgarian dishes!
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