Macedonian Kitchen Essentials
Macedonian cooking requires repeated use of the same kind of tools while cooking a variety of dishes. Hence it is essential to have a durable set of tools in a Macedonian kitchen. Here is a guide for reference, which encapsulates the Macedonian kitchen essentials, for those who wish to set up a Macedonian style kitchen.
List of important Macedonian kitchen tools
Mortar and pestle
These are available in different sizes and colors. It is a stone mortar that can be used for grinding spices, crushing herbs or garlic that add the flavor to any kind of Macedoniancuisine and to pulverize foods like seeds also. It is preferable to use the stone and wood mortar and pestles available since they are said to resist the retention of the taste and aroma of the food items pretty well.
Spoons, ladles and Spatula
An ergonomically designed mashing spatula can help in various tasks like preparing mashed potatoes and other vegetables. A silicone spatula should neither be too firm nor too flexible. It can be used for stirring and mixing food at higher temperatures up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit and is easy to clean also. Make sure that you use ladles that have sufficient capacity to be used for sauces and soups. You could prefer to use ladles with flat, diamond shaped bottoms for better pouring or its stainless steel or melamine types.
Olive oil can
It is important to store olive oil, an essential component of Macedonian cuisine cautiously. Hence one must have an olive oil can in a Macedonian kitchen. A polished stainless steel container can prevent the damaging exposure of olive oil to light.
A Macedonian kitchen is incomplete without its stack of spices, available in their whole form, like nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice. One can get a spice grater to grate these spices and use them as required since grating the spices just before use ensures that you get the best aroma and flavor in the dish.
Freshly ground pepper can spice the dish up to astronomical levels. Hence it is best to use a pepper grinder in your Macedonian kitchen to prepare an authentic Macedonian meal. It should have an adjustable grind that ranges from fine to coarse.
Straight wood rolling pin
This type of rolling pin is used to roll out dough used for baking Macedonian pastries and is the traditional version of the rolling pins used in Macedonian kitchens. This pin allows application of uniform pressure across the dough.
Macedonian sweets are usually drizzled out with honey. Hence a honey dipper is essential in a Macedonian kitchen so that it becomes easy to fetch honey from the pots and smear it on the sweets.
Pastry/ Basting brush
The pastry or Basting brush is commonly used for brushing phyllo dough with oil or butter for making pastries, coating vegetables with olive oil, and simply greasing the pans in a Macedonian kitchen. It is advisable to stock in a few since these come in handy often.
A well-set up Macedonian kitchen is ready for use.