I have a guest post for you today about kitchen utensils to make life in the kitchen a little easier. As someone who gets by with the basics (and a fancy mixer) I’m always interested in what other people think are the essentials…
All you need to make a gourmet meal is skill and patience, but that’s not to say that certain kitchen tools won’t make your prep time and cooking go a lot smoother. Some of them are awesome for getting organised and others reduce the time you need to make a delicious spread. And even the simplest kitchen utensils, it seems, can perform very complex feats under the will of a creative cook. You may have the basic pots and pans, but getting the following tools will make your life a lot easier.
Countertop griddle – Whether you’re just looking to make a quick meal or want to prepare a snack for the whole family, this is the ultimate kitchen tool. Why use a countertop griddle instead of your stovetop? To begin, most griddles are made with a non-stick surface, meaning you won’t have to bother with oil. And most of them heat up more quickly than a pan would on an electric stove. But functionally, the amount of surface space you get for cooking dishes like hamburgers and french toast is the biggest plus of all because it means no more double batches.
Spice rack – This is one of the best ways to save space in an overflowing kitchen cabinet. A spice rack not only helps you stay organised but also adds a little pizzazz to your kitchen decor. Not to mention, you don’t want to have to go searching for spices when you’re in the middle of a recipe. And spices don’t just add incomparable flavour to your favourite dishes; they are also good for you. So getting a spice rack could be just as beneficial for your health as it is for your kitchen sanity.
Thermometer – This tool is not just a utensil that makes cooking easier — it makes it safer, too. Having a thermometer, especially when cooking meats like chicken and turkey, enables you to know when your dish is done without overcooking and drying out your carefully prepared meats. And just one’s not enough — it’s a good to have one made specifically for the oven, one for frying and one that can be read instantly.
Salad spinner – If you love fresh greens but hate it when they’re wilted and wet, a salad spinner could possibly change your life — in the kitchen, at least. But while this item may seem like it only has one purpose, it can actually making cooking easier even when you’re not in the mood for garden salad. Use your salad spinner to dry other chopped vegetables, removed excess liquids from canned beans or even drain canned tuna.
Sieve – It’s a necessity for separating, but the sieve has many other basic functions for resourceful cooks. You can use it to sift flour, strain cooked pasta and even make tea or coffee with coarsely ground beans. This utensil can also make your lumpy purées smooth and prevent you from creating a mess when you leave frozen vegetables out to thaw. Never has one simple kitchen tool been capable of so much.
And if you ask Izzy, a sieve makes an excellent hat!