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Essential Cooking Tools for Your Kitchen (AD)

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Whether you’re a seasoned chef or you’re a bit of a kitchen novice this guide is going to provide you with the insights that you need to find the right cooking tools for your kitchen.

You can enhance your cooking experience while saving money cooking from scratch and having great kitchen gadgets will really help you to make the most of your meals.

Chef’s knife

When it comes to choosing the perfect chef’s knife there are quite a few factors to consider. You want a knife that is going to suit the specific culinary needs that you have.

First look at the width of the blade and the sharpness to make sure they’re going to suit your cooking style and the ingredients that you want to use the most in your recipes.

A larger blade is going to be great for mincing garlic, carving roasts, dicing vegetables, chopping fruits and everyday cooking tasks.

Using a serrated knife is great for slicing tomatoes and delicate fresh items and for cutting loaves of bread into slices also.

When selecting a chef’s knife make sure you’re aware of how to sharpen it correctly, and do so regularly. A blunt knife can be unsafe and be more likely to slip and make you cut yourself too while cooking.

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Cutting board

A cutting board, or chopping board, is a real must-have kitchen tool. Having a great cutting board, or chopping board, will help provide you with a safe and stable surface for food preparation, to protect your countertops from the day to day relentlessness of chopping, slicing and dicing produce.

Consider the durability of your cutting board. With wood, plastic and glass options you want to choose the right one.

Personally I love wooden chopping boards, as they are great to clean, thick and sturdy, and can be nice for presentation purposes too. I have different coloured plastic chopping boards also, to avoid cross contamination in the kitchen.

Kitchen scale

Accuracy is important when you’re cooking or baking, as many recipes won’t leave much room for error when using ingredients such as butter, flour, sugar or eggs. Also, weighing your food helps you to be aware of the macros of the meals you’re making too.

Kitchen scales are typically lightweight and can be tucked alongside a plate rack or down the side of a pan set or storage pots so you really don’t need a lot of space.

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Peeler

A peeler is a must-have kitchen product if you’re going to be cooking from scratch. Using a speed peeler is a great way to save some additional time too.

Peeling fruits and vegetables with a peeler is much less wasteful than using a knife, and safer too. You can find a variety of peelers including Y peelers, straight peelers, swivel peelers, garlic peelers and speed peelers.

I love to use a peeler that has a large and comfortable handle. In addition to using this for peeling produce to use in a recipe I also like to prepare vegetables such as carrots into carrot ribbons which I use for meals such as stir fries or anything that I’m going to be cooking in a hurry and want to be thin to help it cook quickly.

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Mixing bowls

As well as looking cute, in a little stacking nest, mixing bowls are great as they can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to just using to measure out ingredients.

Whether you’re using small bowls for things like sauces and marinades, or large bowls to make dough or cake mix, a nest of mixing bowls is a great idea. Mine has a sieve and a drainer too, as well as mixing spoons that sit inside one another and take up very minimal space in my kitchen.

Grater

Zesting citrus fruits, grating cheese or grating vegetables are all super simple with a grater, and in particular a box grater.

A box grater has a variety of different graters and the produce that you grate is going to be contained within the box grater and it will be really easy to pick up and add to your meal or recipe.

I love to use a microplane grater for zesting lemons and limes and also for helping grated cheese go further. When you grate cheese with a finer grater you’re going to be able to cover a larger area for less cheese which will help you to save money too.

I have several different types of graters that I like to use; mostly a microplane and a box grater.

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Can opener

Even if you cook from scratch frequently you’re always going to need a can opener.

This is the most simple of the kitchen tools I use, but one of the most in demand too. Sometimes ring pulls fail on cans and other times I buy the lowest priced items which don’t always have those convenient pull lids.

A can opener is worth every penny for me and I love Magican can openers or electric ones too. They’re both very convenient to use, and comfortable to hold too which is a big factor when I am choosing my kitchen items.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

These are essential if you’re going to be doing lots of baking. Often recipes will call for one teaspoon or 1/8 of a cup of something and that’s why I have a nesting set of measuring cups and spoons.

Typically they will start from 1/4 or 1/8 of a teaspoon and move up to 1 tablespoon in the spoons. The cups will start from 1/8 of a cup and go upwards to 1 cup. For example 1/8 of a cup, 1/4 of a cup, 1/3 of a cup, 1/2 of a cup and 1 cup. These nest one inside each other, increasing in size, so they can take up as little storage space as possible.

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