so the time has come. You’ve got your recipes, you’ve got your ingredients. You’ve got half an hour and you’re gonna make the best meal you’ve ever made. What else do you need? Our kitchen essentials equipment list might come in handy…
We’ve prepped an aptly named list of the essentials, the damn-usefuls, and the nice-to-haves for banging out some top quality results in the kitchen. (Note: we’ve geared this list towards beginners, but you never know what might you spot…)
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No matter what food you’re cooking up, you’re eventually going to need a knife. Get a good one and you’re sorted. Something like this German-bladed Zwilling is more than worth investing in. Chopping, dicing and slicing suddenly becomes the easiest thing ever, you won’t believe the difference. Just watch your fingers. Combined with a sharpener, it’ll last for years and years and years. And years. And years. Get the point? And watch your fingers!
If you have a little more money available then this three piece set is great. It’s the one we (Dave and Kat) use, and it’s amazing. The sizes will cover all your kitchen needs. If you’re going for just the one knife, we’d recommend the medium one above.
A chopping board. Sounds simple enough, and it is. You don’t want to be slicing your lovely new knife onto your table or sideboard – get a board that’s easy to wash and get stains and bacteria out of. Glass is best avoided ‘cos it’ll wreck your new knife!
With some plates and cutlery you’re now ready for the most basic of meals.
Here are a few cool recipes where you ONLY need to cut stuff. Time to test out that new knife! Check out our Greek Pitas (excellent for a quick lunch), this awesome Turkish Lentil Salad with a honey mustard dressing or this sour yet spicy High Protein Kidney Bean Salad.
Feeling more adventurous? Keep scrolling…
A hand blender is just so bloody versatile. It massively speeds up any mixing or blending that you need doing – soups, smoothies, spreads – name a word beginning with s and it can probably make it. Well, possibly. It definitely helps with pancake mixtures too…
Here are a couple of hand blender recipes – you’ll wonder how you ever survived without one! Creamy Tomato Basil Soup – easy and healthy, and simple, homemade, 2 Ingredient Peanut Butter in 3 minutes. Done.
Investing in a set of food containers is also very much worth your while. When you’ve made too much of something – chuck it in for later. When you want to take lunch with you – chuck it in for later. Need to keep food fresh? Chuck it in for later.
Mixings bowls are really important too. When you want to throw different ingredients together, you’ll need one, simple as that. Look for a non slip bottom and a handy pouring spout to make it easy.
Another worthy contender for the damn useful list is a grater set. A bigger grater for cheeses and veg, a finer one for garlic, lemon zest and so on. You’ll wonder how you managed without one.
Obviously you’re going to need a pan set at some point. Nonstick is the way to go, it’s makes cooking (and washing) sooooo much easier. A three piece set will allow you to be more economical when cooking, but if you go for just one then try to get one with a lid!
Once you get them you can make our two most popular recipes: the legendary 2 ingredient Banana Egg Pancakes and the almost-as-famous-and-probably-will-be-soon Cottage Cheese Pancakes delivering 37.5g of protein per 100g!
Following the same vein…a baking tray! You’ll need one for most oven-based recipes (check out this cool Melted Feta and Veggie Bake for a good way to use one!) Just make sure it fits in your oven first – measure your oven if necessary.
You’re also going to want utensils at some point too. Spatulas, peelers, spoons, tongs, whisks, measuring cups, tin openers, pizza slicers…the list goes on. You can buy them all separately or this all-encompassing set contains just about everything you need.
All of the items mentioned above are going to be really helpful in creating some amazing recipes. You’ll be impressing yourself and those around you in no time at all. The items in the following and final section are not strictly necessary, but will certainly make life easier…
If you’re planning to make a lot of smoothies or do a lot of blending then it could be worth investing in a heavy duty blender. There are hundreds to choose from running from about 20 bucks to a couple of thousand. Something like this Ninja should be a good balance between quality and price, but how much you want to spend really depends on you.
Oven gloves. If you’ve ever tried to take something out of a hot oven without protecting your hands first…well you probably won’t do it again. ‘nuff said. You don’t need to spend a fortune to get the job done.
A citrus juicer is also a great help. Get the most out of your lemon, limes and oranges while keeping away those horrible pips. This model is one of the cheapest but most effective.
Alright, this list takes care of just about everything you’d ever need in a well-stocked kitchen. Of course more luxuries are available, and anything that speeds up cooking time sits well with us. Have fun creating and experimenting with some kitchen recipe masterpieces – naturally our blog is a great place to start 😉
Dave, Howie and Kat.
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