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Have you just moved to your new home? Are you starting from scratch with an empty kitchen? If you are and you have a very limited budget, here are the most important kitchen tools and appliances to invest in:
The following kitchen items require a plug to work. Not all are required (and some may not fit your small kitchen), so pick and choose based on your needs.
- Electric kettle: Yes you can always boil water in a traditional kettle, but the time you save with an electric kettle is amazing. Boil water here, then add to your soup, gravy, or other recipes to reduce the process for more than half the time.
- Food processor: If you have a big family or household to feed, get the standard size. If you only have five or fewer people in your house, a small food processor would be enough. It’s small enough to stack in your cabinets or just on your tabletop.
- Oven: An oven isn’t just for baking bread, pastries, cakes and other goodies. It can also be a super-handy appliance for roasting meat, toasting nuts, cooking vegetables, and so on.
- Microwave oven: If you’re busy and require reheating of food and quick meal preps, the microwave oven can do a LOT for your cooking duties. Do note that like the traditional ovens, microwaves come in different types – from simple defrosting/reheating function to convection-powered that can cook meals from scratch and bake.
- Instapot, slow cooker and similar multi cookers: Here’s another kitchen appliance that’s perfect for busy moms and dads. Unlike cooking directly in the fire, these devices have their own controlled heating source. Meaning, you can place all the ingredients in the device, program it, and leave it to cook by itself.
- Pressure cooker: If you love cooking time-consuming dishes that require boiling ingredients for extended times to soften, a pressure cooker could reduce the cooking time significantly.
- Stand mixer: For people who bake regularly or have a business involving baked goods, a stand mixer would make bulk-baking very easy to do.
- Blender: This isn’t really a kitchen appliance you’d be using on a daily basis, but if you love fruit juices and shakes, having one ready to use makes it possible to create your favorite drinks when the craving hits you.
The following tools may be small, but you can’t really work in the kitchen without most of them. My advice is to just stick with one of its kind, but opt for a trusted brand and a highly-recommended model.
- Cookware set. No kitchen is complete with a saucepan, cast-iron grill pan, roasting pan, saute pan, stockpot, non-stick skillet and a Dutch oven. You don’t need to buy these as a set. Farberware, Cuisinart, Calphalon, All-Clad, Anolon, and Circulon are just some of the brands professional chefs use in their home kitchens. Start with a good-sized skillet, then invest in others later as you expand your cooking skills.
- Sheet pan, roasting pan and casserole dish. Cooking doesn’t need to be exclusive to your stove. If you’re cooking multiple dishes, incorporating the use of your oven and using tools like a roasting pan, casserole dish, sheet pan and other oven-safe equipment to your cooking process frees your hand and lets you multitask more effectively.
- Can opener. A high-quality can opener doesn’t need to be electric or fancy. Your goal is to find one that opens a can without much effort and can last long.
- Vegetable peeler. Peeling vegetables and fruits is one of the most time-consuming tasks in the kitchen. But if you have a good vegetable peeler, you wouldn’t mind completing the task.
- Grater box. If you don’t have a food processor, this traditional kitchen tool is enough to shred and grate your carrots, potatoes, and other vegetables. You’ll be using it by hand, but you won’t have to worry about replacing any moving parts.
- Strainer. Get a stainless steel strainer for your baking, one for salads, and another for your noodles.
- Dinnerware Set. Of course, you should have plates, utensils, and other serveware of your choice. No need to overdo it. If you have limited funds, stick to plain white plates so they could be used on any occasion.
- Knives and cutting board. You don’t need an entire knife set that chefs use, but you should invest in a classic chef knife (this is the all-around knife), a paring knife, a serrated knife, and a boning knife. Pair it up with a high-quality cutting board and these should be able to serve you for years to come.
Investing in the best tools would encourage you to hone your cooking skills more. I suggest you read and learn more about kitchen equipment If you’re new to cooking and when you’re ready, buy high-quality kitchen appliances and tools.
Thank you for reading.