I love to bake and cook in my kitchen. But sometimes I’m limited due to the time I have spare. Nowadays we have some incredible technology for the kitchen, but sometimes the simple kitchen gadgets really are the best.
Here are a few of the gadgets that everyone absolutely needs in their kitchen. Just to make life that little bit easier.
A Kitchen Slicer
One of the most time-consuming parts of putting a dish together is preparing the vegetables. It can be such a chore. Especially when you’ve already had a busy day, and just want to put together something healthy but quick. Having a kitchen slicer on hand will save you time and hassle. When you can prepare fruits and vegetables quickly, it means you’re much more inclined to include more of the good stuff into your diet. Much cheaper than a food processor and just as efficient (if not more) when it comes to slicing. Plus if you have a smaller kitchen it takes up less space so you don’t have to clutter up your work surfaces with extra appliances.
An Egg Timer
Boiling an egg seems like the simplest thing in the world. But without a reliable egg timer, it’s incredibly difficult to get right. This handy gadget takes the guess work out. It leaves you with perfectly runny, soft or hard-boiled eggs every time depending on what you’re after. You could go for a mini hourglass style timer or a kitchen timer which buzzes after the time has elapsed. Alternatively, you could buy a timer which you put into the pan with the eggs and changes colour to let you know how far cooked they are. Either way, these are simple gadgets that take up next to no space in your kitchen. But make your life much easier when it comes to cooking eggs.
How many times have you put on some spaghetti for dinner, and inadvertently cooked enough to feed a small army? It happens to us all; it’s just so difficult to be able to guess how much to cook! A spaghetti measure is another simple gadget which allows you to take the guesswork out. Most will have different sized rings which you can put around your dry spaghetti to measure how much you need for however many people you’re cooking for. An excellent way to reduce waste.
Balance Kitchen Scales
There are all kinds of incredible kitchen scales out there these days. However, you can’t go wrong with an old-fashioned balance set. Unlike spring-loaded scales there’s no mechanism that can wear out and make them less accurate over time, and so they will last you forever. Digital sets can be great, but they’re less accurate for smaller amounts. And as with anything computerised, the complicated parts inside can fail over time. If you want to invest in a pair of kitchen scales that you’ll never have to replace then balance scales are your perfect choice. Sometimes taking it back to basics really is best!
A Pestle and Mortar
Buying whole spices (as opposed to ones that are already ground to a powder) is much more beneficial. They last longer, and can also be used in different ways. For example, whole spices can be toasted to accentuate their flavour before grinding them. They can be cooked for a long time without turning bitter, unlike powder spices. A pestle and mortar allow you to grind your own spices as and when you need them. You can also create your own spice blends which is much cheaper than buying them ready mixed. The perfect, simple tool that every cook needs in their kitchen!
As well as useful kitchen gadgets it’s ideal to have a video glossary to hand on culinary terms.
What are your favourite kitchen gadgets? Do you have any of these gadgets listed above?