Cooking is an important skill that takes some practice to master, but you will find it a lot easier to improve your cooking skills if you have the right equipment. The problem is, there are so many new kitchen gadgets out there that a lot of people are not sure what equipment they actually need, and what equipment is a waste of money.
A lot of the kitchen equipment that you can buy these days won’t really help to improve your cooking and it will just end up in the back of a cupboard. If you want to be a better cook, these are the essential pieces of equipment that you need.
A Good Knife
There is no need to spend loads of money on a big set of expensive knives, but you do need at least one good kitchen knife. Many people don’t realize it, but using a blunt knife can actually be a lot more dangerous than using a sharp one, and it makes it difficult to cut things correctly. For example, if a recipe calls for something to be finely diced, you will struggle.
You don’t need to buy the most expensive knife that you can find, but you should spend a bit of money on a good quality one. It’s also important that you care for your knife properly so you can keep it sharp. If you buy a good quality knife and look after it properly, it will last you a long time. Just be aware that you need to take extra safety precautions when cooking with your kids and find safe alternatives so they are not using extremely sharp knives.
Good Quality Pans
Every kitchen needs pots and pans, but many people make the mistake of going for the cheapest option. The problem is, if you buy a cheap non-stick pan, the coating will come off easily and then food will start to stick when you cook. These pans will need to be replaced every few years at least, which is wasteful and costs you money. But if you do your research, you can find good quality pans at affordable prices.
Check out this Food & Wine Cookware Review, for example, to find out more about ‘Made In’ cookware. Their pots and pans are designed to be a restaurant-quality option for home cooks and even though they are simple, they are much better than anything else you can get for the same price.
Measuring Cups and Spoons
A lot of home cooks don’t bother with precise measurements and they just estimate the amounts of ingredients. That’s fine in a lot of cases, but if you are using herbs and spices with a strong flavor, like cinnamon or smoked paprika, for example, they can easily overpower a dish. If you want to balance flavors well and take your cooking to the next level, you need to be more precise with your measurements.
It’s important that you are exact with measurements when baking as well, so every good kitchen needs some measuring cups and spoons. It’s best to go for metal ones because they will last a lot longer and they are much easier to clean.
You don’t need lots of expensive kitchen gadgets to improve your cooking skills, you just need these 3 essential pieces of equipment.