Must Haves in Your Kitchen:
It’s really important to invest in good quality kitchen appliances and tools for you kitchen. With a few good tools in your kitchen – it really makes cooking go so much faster and easier. I think many people dread cooking because of the time and work it takes to prep for a meal. Here are a few tools and appliances that I think are worth investing in to make cooking simple. BTW, I don’t work for any of these companies and neither am I getting any kind of monetary benefit from recommending these items. My recommendations come purely from being put to the test in my kitchen and they really do get used in my kitchen!
- Sturdy food processor. I use the KitchenAid food processor that I bought 4 or 5 years ago for about $200-250. My food processor can chop up anything, grate, make dough, mince garlic and ginger – you name it. And it’s super easy to use. It has several other attachments that come with such as a juicer. It also has 3 sizes of bowls so if you’re not cooking for a party you don’t have to use the big bowl and clean up is a breeze.
- Knives. I use a set of Henckels, which I bought at Costco for about $150. It’s a great deal since I received several different types of knives and it was much cheaper than buying them individually at a department store. With good sharp knives – prepping is a breeze. Even my mom, who is so old school, and at first didn’t believe that the type of knife makes a difference is now a believer.
- Hand Held Mixer. This is a must if you are preparing foods for infants and younger children. You can take the same food that you make for yourself and toss it in the cup they give you and in seconds you have baby food. I bought one at Costco for about $20. It also comes with a mini chopper which is great for chopping garlic and ginger.
- Heavy Skillets. If you do a lot of Indian cooking, cook lots of onions or if you multi-task while cooking you want to invest in something with a thick bottom so your food doesn’t burn easily. I use non-stick pans, typically Calphalon. Macy’s often will sell individual pieces for very cheap when they are doing promotions.
- Pressure Cooker. This is a must if you are going to cook lentil. I can’t imagine slow cooking lentils in a regular pot. With a pressure cooker I can often have full cooked meals from prep to clean up within 20-25 minutes. That even beats Rachel Ray!
- Chopping Boards. I love the plastic flexible chopping boards that you can get for a few dollars each. I have several of these. They are easy to use and clean up. I also like them because they are so cheap and I can buy several and I use them to cut and then leave my ingredients on the cutting board until I’m ready to use them.
- Blender. That’s the one thing I cannot recommend. I’ve gone through several blenders and I’m not happy with any of the ones I’ve used so far. I’m looking for a blender that doesn’t rock the whole house and can make cilantro chutney quickly. The blender I use currently takes forever when I need to make chutney. So if anyone has any recommendations – please send them my way!
This may seem like it’s a lot, and some items may seem expensive, but they are so worth it because these items are durable and they last and they make cooking easier. The old adage is true; you get what you pay for! Happy Cooking!