Over the years, I have refined my go-to kitchen items. Here is some of my favourite kitchen equipment that I use on a regular basis. I tend not to have a lot of small appliances or other gadgets. These items help to fill in some of the gaps.
- Quality Chefs Knife – I was lucky to be gifted a few years ago for Christmas a beautiful Japanese knife from Knifewear. This quickly became the primary knife that I use. There really is a difference in the quality of the knife and its ability to keep a sharp edge.
- Wooden cutting board – there is nothing that bothers me more than working on a very small cutting board. I like to make sure I have space to prep a few different foods for whatever recipe I’m making. It is important to keep in mind the size of your sink when choosing a large cutting board. Wood is also a good choice for your knife.
- Stockpot – A large stockpot has so many uses around my kitchen, I use it to make broth and also during canning season when I’m working with large batches. Nothing can stand in its place.
- Kitchen Scale – having a scale with tare functionality is very helpful when baking, specifically bread. It allows you to zero out the scale between adding ingredients. It saves a lot of time not having to dirty up lots of measuring cups.
- Dutch Oven – This is another item that is very helpful when making bread, it allows you to create a nice crust on the bread. I also use my dutch oven to slow-cook items in the oven, things like pulled pork or other braised foods.
- Thermometer – a thermometer takes all the guesswork out of ensuring that your food is cooked correctly. This is primarily used for cooking meat, but it can also be used for baking such as cakes and bread.
- Oil bottle – this is a smaller bottle that I keep next to the stove with a limited oil flow. This makes it easy to add a drizzle of oil to a pan and helps to reduce the amount of oil I use.
I hope that you found my favourite kitchen equipment informative. Some of these items would be great presents for the home cook in your life.
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