If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I love to cook. I grew up helping my mum in the kitchen, watching and learning as she cooked away. So when I got old enough, cooking came naturally to me. Sure, there were a few people who made me believe that I had to be classically trained to produce wonderful meals but I’ve found that’s not true at all. Anybody can cook; you just have to have the right tools.
I stumbled upon this infographic by Andi-Co not too long ago, and I thought it would make a great intro for this post. Part of being a great home cook, after all, is having not just the right equipment but also the know-how to get the job done.
Now I’ve seen far too many cooking shows to know that master chefs use pretty much the same stuff we have in our kitchen—from ingredients, down to equipment. The only difference? They know when to spend a little extra for higher quality. And today, I’d like to introduce you to 3 kitchen tools that, I think, are actually worth your money.
- Chef’s Knife. Cooking is just so much easier when you have a good chef’s knife. It can get very expensive, sure, but if you know what to look for, you might find that there are plenty of affordable models available out there. Think about how you cook, choose the material you need (carbon steel or stainless), learn how to keep them sharp, and even the cheapest chef’s knife will last you many years.
- Cast Iron Pans. An essential in any home kitchen, cast iron pans are wonderful to cook in because they distribute heat evenly and, if well seasoned, are nonstick and last a lifetime. Today’s younger cooks often overlook these pans because they’re old-fashioned and heavy compared to other cookware. While they’re good for steaks and other meat, they’re also quite useful for a wide range of other amazing dishes like pizza and bibimbap.
- Upright Cooker. If you’re looking for a cost-effective cooking solution, an upright cooker is your best bet. Besides wrapping up an oven, grill, and hob in a single product, it offers plenty of cooking space, it cooks quickly and evenly, and it’s easy to use and clean. They add charm and uniqueness to any kitchen design, too!
Cooking with the right tools helps in cooking with less stress and more fun. I’m not saying you must have these three items in your kitchen—I’m all for having less stuff—but I’m telling you: 1) they will make your kitchen life easier and 2) cooking with them will expose you to so many recipes. Start with a good knife and go from there!
What other tools or equipment would you recommend to invest in for the kitchen?