Roman Kitchen Essentials
A Roman kitchen is a culinary delight, especially with its set of necessary and inexpensive tools. If you want to build a Roman kitchen for yourself, here is a guide for reference that gives a clear account of the Roman kitchen essentials.
A few must-have Roman kitchen tools are as follows:
Pots and pans
Some basic types of pots and pans are essential. One needs to have a set of heavy thick walled pots in a Roman kitchen. To start with one should go for a high quality Dutch oven that is big in size and made of cast iron. Stock Pots can be used for preparing soups, pastas, and purées. Make sure that the one in your kitchen is heavy and large and heats up quickly so that it is easy to cook your favorite recipes. Another must have kitchen tool is a roasting pan. Non-stick cookware can be quite useful but make sure that you keep the steel utensils away from those. Along with these, one can have a deep fryer as well for those occasional crispy fries.
A very essential tool set in a Roman kitchen is a high quality professional Knife set. One needs to buy forged knives i.e. the steel of the blade is embedded till the bottom of the handle, so that the slicing and dicing of meat and vegetables is done easily and safely.
Spoons are a quintessential kitchen tool. It is important to have a set that comprises of a few gravy spoons; a big ladle for soups and gumbos. Make sure that your spoon set is made with stainless steel. The ordinary chrome-plated spoons do not last long since they start to rust after repeated and heavy use. One can also buy an ergonomically designed mashing spatula that can be useful in executing various tasks like preparing mashed potatoes and other vegetables.
Cast Iron Skillet
Roman food is said to be born in a cast iron skillet. No other equipment can replace a black, well-seasoned, impossibly heavy skillet that can endure a lot of heat for longer durations of time hence used for cooking dishes that require to be cooked for a long time.
A pancake flipper comes in handy when you need to flip those hot pancakes lying in the skillet. Make sure you buy a stainless steel flipper that has a thin built and that is able to slide under the pan cake quite easily.
It is a perforated conical sieve that is used to strain custards, purees, sauces, and soups to produce a smooth texture. It can also be used to dust the pastry with a fine layer of powdered sugar too.
A cheese grater is an essential preparation tool in a Roman kitchen. These graters are available in various sizes and shapes to suit specific requirements.
Roman cuisine generally requires a lot of stirring. So to make sure you stir you pots the right way and without burning you hands, wooden spoons can be used that do not conduct heat while stirring sauces and soups and even after being kept in the cooking pots. For stirring large pots you could use longer spoons of nearly 14 inches length.
Now that you are familiar with the Roman Kitchen Essentials, we are sure that you will be able to realize your dream of setting up a Roman kitchen for yourself.
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