Whether you’ve just started your cooking journey or you’re looking to improve the quality of the tools in your kitchen, accessories are fundamental to any cook. However, we know it can be quite daunting to sift through what you really need, and what can be substituted. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 kitchenware accessories we simply cannot do without. Take a look at our list and let us know what you think.
1. Chef’s Knife
Whatever the recipe may be, chances are you will need a high-quality chef’s knife to take care of all your cutting needs. Being your go-to tool for more than 90 percent of daily kitchen tasks, a proper chef’s knife is used to chop, dice, peel, slice, and smash.
An ideal chef’s knife would range from 8 to 9 inches in length with a durable built to last. The key point to keep in mind with this tool is it needs to be sharpened frequently.
2. Cutting Board
Meat or veggies, it won’t matter, you’ll need to prepare each accordingly, and in order to do so you’ll need an adequate cutting board. Think of your cutting board as a preparatory canvas for your recipe. For both hygiene and longevity we recommend a bamboo cutting board.
Bamboo is a low-maintenance, eco-friendly and sanitary option that won’t harm your blade nor compromise flavour. Bamboo also harbor less bacteria than plastic, and offers incredible density. For more information on bamboo boards, see our previous blog here.
3. Mixing Bowls/Colanders
While they are of course two different tools, we decided to include these two kitchen essentials together, as you can often find them coupled together. Bowls are cauldrons where the real magic of ingredients come out. Mixing salad dressings, spice rubs, marinades, sauces, and even storing leftovers are all essential parts of preparing a meal. This is where bowls and colanders shine.
A good mixing bowl and colander will offer longevity and adequate room to properly prepare your ingredients. Stainless-steel is a preferred material when looking for a bowl or colander that’s built to last. However, if you are short on space, there are many inventive and practical designs that offer a collapsible feature for both bowls and colanders.
4. Garlic Press
While there are quite a few essential ingredients in most any dish garlic is by far one of the ones that takes the most prep work, and know-how. Whether your cooking Italian, French, Greek, Indian, Chinese, or Mexican cuisine chances are garlic is needed.
While cooks have experience and time at their disposal to adequately dice, slice, or mince garlic for those of us on-the-go, a garlic press saves time, and flavour. A good garlic press will ensure that you don’t waste any of the garlic, while ensuring that none of the tunic gets into the recipe. Material is also important as you don’t want a garlic press that falls apart at the joints after only a few months of use.
From nacho chips recipes, to the finest gnocchi masterpieces, a grater will help to add that essential part of a perfect meal. Ensure that your grater is durable, sturdy, and if at all possible offers different styles of grating slots. You’ll go to your grater for anything from potatoes, to cheese, to lemons so it’s important to have the necessaries grating slots for all your needs. A stainless-steel build will also ensure that your grater will last, and will keep it low maintenance.
While you may have specific kitchen tools you need for your recipe, we guarantee that having these five handy accessories will ensure a kitchen filled with possibilities. Feel free to leave us some input on our social media on your opinion on which kitchenware accessories are most important. We hope this helps!
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