What Supplies Do You Need in Your Kitchen?
There really is only so long you can get away with using a wine bottle as a rolling pin. We discuss the kitchen essentials that all homes should have, a perfect read for anyone taking up cooking.
There are different knives for different purposes but most new cooks find that one all-purpose knife makes a huge difference.
As well as good general purpose knife, you may also find you need;
- Serrated knife – for softer foods like bread where you need less pressure and more of a sawing action
- Paring knife – a knife with a short blade of up to 4 inches, it is a simple, straightforward sharp knife that is ideal for intricate work such as peeling fruit and vegetable, deveining shrimps and so on.
- Boning knife – also known as a filleting knife this has a long, curved blade that is flexible and ideal for cutting away fish flesh from bones. If you regularly debone larger cuts of meat such as beef or chicken, you may find a firmer blade works better.
Other great knives to add to your collection as your skills and confidence grows are a carving knife, a cleaver and a mincing knife. There are many others kinds of knives available too and well worth taking a look at.
A Variety of Pans
Good quality pans are essential for the kitchen and again, you will be bewildered by the many different choices and options;
- Whether the pans are suitable for your hob – not all pans are suitable for gas and some electric hobs so check the manufacturer instructions.
- Non-stick pans – these have a special coating in the interior pan that helps prevent foods from sticking. You will need to use plastic utensils rather than metal to stop the coating being damaged.
- Copper pans – are at the top end of the price range but will only need replacing if they are damaged. Heavy and excellent quality, they will revolutionise the way you cook.
Getting the right pan is important because it can make cooking a dish so much simpler;
- Stockpot – a large, deep pan with a flat bottom, if you enjoy making larger batches of soups, stews and stocks, then this is a must-have. Choose one with a well-fitting lid. Great for pasta too.
- Frying pan/skillet – this is the workhorse of your pan set. With rounded sides and a flat bottom, it is ideal for cooking with oil over a very high heat. Available in various sizes and don’t usually come with a lid.
- Cast iron skillet – similar to a frying pan, this is a heavier pan with the quality of material and craftsmanship often affecting the price. It does need different care to other pans so make sure you read the instructions relating to ‘preseasoning’ the skillet.
- Sauté pan – sautéing is to cook food whilst moving it around and this straight-sided pan with lid is ideal.
- Saucepan – a rounded bottom and tall, straight sides, this pan is a versatile piece of kit and one you will turn to time and again for boiling eggs, noodles or even reheating food, and more!
- Wok – used in Chinese cooking, a wok has high, sloping sides and is usually 14 inches in diameter although there are other sizes available. A must if you love Asian cooking.
There are many other pans available too, some with specific abilities such as the griddle pan and others that add a certain versatility to your cooking, such as the pressure cooker.
The basics would include;
- A slotted spoon
- A fish slice
- A tablespoon
- A soup ladle
- Kitchen scissors
- Fine mesh sieve
- Tin opener
- A balloon whisk
- Rolling pin
Extras for the Oven
So far, we have concentrated on things you will need when cooking on the hob but of course, there are a few things you will need for baking and roasting in the oven.
- Meat thermometer – is an excellent piece of kit for when you are getting to grips with roasting larger pieces of meat and poultry.
- Roasting and baking tins – from a large roasting pan to baking sheets, there is a whole myriad of different types and sizes of tins for roasting and baking.
- Cake tins – start with two round 7ich cake tins and build your collection from there.
- Muffin tins –inexpensive and essential for muffins and fairy cakes, as well as for individual Yorkshire puddings to go with your roast.
It can seem expensive but kitting out your kitchen with the basics can make all the difference to your cooking and baking.