There’s nothing worse than being right in the middle of cooking and suddenly discovering you’re missing something you need. To help you avoid this, here’s a list of ten essential items for every kitchen.
A blender is a must-have for so many recipes, from soup to smoothies. It can help you save time on chopping fruit and vegetables, plus make it easier to achieve the right consistency. When making soup, for example, it can be difficult to make the mixture completely smooth without the help of a blender.
Microwaves let you save time by heating food quickly – no need to wait for the oven to warm up, or spend ages stirring a pan on the stove. If you’re short on time and need to cook or reheat something quickly, a microwave is a must-have.
Having a chopping board on hand is essential for anyone who likes to cook from scratch. Without one, you risk damaging plates and countertops by cutting food on them.
A range of pots and pans
Having a selection of pots and pans in different sizes makes cooking so much easier, especially if you’re cooking for lots of people. If you’ve got friends or family visiting, having enough dishes to ensure you can cook everything together helps you to get the food ready on time.
Measuring jug and spoons
Many recipes call for a particular amount of each ingredient, and getting it wrong can affect how the dish turns out. Take guesswork out of the equation by making sure you have a measuring jug and spoons.
Much like a microwave, a kettle is a must-have for any kitchen. Boiling the kettle is the quickest way to make a warm drink, whether it’s an early-morning coffee or a cup of tea in the afternoon.
Many recipes call for root vegetables like potatoes. But more often than not, you’ll need to remove the skin – it makes the consistency of mashed potatoes uneven, and it can flake off when you cook potatoes into soup. Peeling potatoes with a knife takes a long time, and you might end up cutting the potatoes in the process. A potato peeler is the most efficient way to prepare potatoes for cooking.
Cutlery draw organiser
A cutlery drawer organiser means you’ll know exactly where your spoons, knives and forks are, so you’ll never have to go rummaging around. It also makes the inside of the drawer neater and more aesthetically pleasing.
A slow cooker is a convenient way to prepare a variety of hot meals. It’s also a great option for cooking in warm weather, as it won’t make your kitchen heat up like an oven will.
A can opener might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of kitchen essentials, but if you do a lot of cooking, it will definitely come in handy, as not every tin has a ring pull – and for those that do, it’s good to have a backup option if it snaps when you try to open it.
And there you have it – 10 must-have kitchen essentials that every household can’t live without.