Essential kitchen equipment – keep it simple
It should be clear to everyone that a great cutting knife, refrigerator and oven should not be missing in your kitchen – even if you do not cook every day. In addition, a mixing bowl, various cups, a pan, pots and spoons are part of the basic kitchen equipment. Everything else depends on whether, how much and how much effort you normally cook.
Do you only use your pan every now and then? Or do pans and a stainless steel saucepan represent essential basic equipment for your kitchen? How much time do you really spend in your kitchen and how passionately do you cook or bake in general? These are questions that can determine your kitchen equipment.
While there are tons of wonderful things to fill every drawer and shelf in your kitchen with, not every device is necessary. Unless you’re planning to start a cooking business or open a restaurant kitchen, a convection oven, for example, might be a little too much for your private kitchen.
How many kitchen appliances and cooking utensils you want to have in your kitchen for cooking and baking also depends on the space available in your apartment.
What should not be missing in any kitchen, no matter how much space there is, how big the kitchen is or what dish you are planning, these five important cooking utensils are:
1: Wooden cutting boards
Whether in restaurant kitchens or at home, one or two small and large wooden cutting boards should not be missing. Why not just one? Because you don’t want to cut vegetables, fruits and meat on the same board, do you? Ideally, you should have several boards of different sizes close at hand in your kitchen so that you can work comfortably.
2: A good kitchen knife
Nothing is more nerve-wracking than having to cook a dish without a good knife. While you keep trying to cut meat, fruits or vegetables with a dull or worn knife, a bitter aftertaste is added to the whole cooking experience. So don’t waste any time and get yourself a good cutting knife (or two) like one from WMF as part of your kitchen equipment.
3: (convection) oven or microwave
Yes, the difference between the two is huge. Impossible to compare a convection oven to a microwave for cooking and baking. Still, you should have one of them in your kitchen. While the convection oven has a practical grill grate and numerous functions, the microwave can save you in stressful situations. Important: Even if your budget is comparatively small, you can get yourself a used convection oven or microwave.
4: Kitchen mixer
When it’s time for a healthy smoothie, sauce or dressing and you don’t want to stir and whisk with a fork, you need a suitable mixer. And high-quality mixers aren’t that expensive after all. The prices for a simple mixer, one Thermomix or a commercial kitchen help is huge, but often a simple version is enough, especially in the domestic setting.
5: wine glasses
It doesn’t have to be fancy pairing, but cooking is twice as much fun with the right wine. In order not to serve the fine wine in cups or water glasses, your kitchen should definitely not be missing wine glasses. So, get the right glass and enjoy your kitchen to the full.
In all honesty, once you’ve equipped your kitchen with the basics, you’re sure to find yourself tempted to buy some of the magical extras that are offered for modern kitchens. Because in addition to the five basic elements that should not be missing in any kitchen, there are plenty of extras that make cooking a real experience.
For example, how about a cast iron tortilla press? Whether for tasty tapas, healthy snacks for in between meals or a Spanish evening, with the tortilla press from Uno Casa you can make it big on the next cooking evening.
For fans of Asian cuisine in particular, a suitable wok should not be missing in the kitchen. And without question, at least German cuisine is not complete without the classic waffle iron.
While you decide individually what should not be missing in your kitchen, it is precisely these high-quality and unique kitchen utensils that make your kitchen and your culinary art something special.