A well-equipped kitchen is every cook’s dream. However, when it comes to equipping your home kitchen, your dreams can come true. The choice of what you buy will depend on your budget and your needs. Today we’ll talk about the beginner-level, must-have utensils. We’ll also give you some tips on how to choose them.
If there’s anything you need to invest in, it’s a good set of knives. Over time you will appreciate it because using bad knives can be dangerous. Low-quality knives can also prevent you from cooking comfortably.
Ideally, you should have knives of different sizes and shapes. Among the most useful are: the chef’s or cook’s knife (which will help you chop almost everything); the paring knife, to cut small pieces or peel fruits and vegetables; and the bread knife, which can also help you cut soft fruits or vegetables.
The most recommended knives are made from stainless steel and have an easy-grip handle.
If you find this knife kit very basic, you can move on to the next level and add others such as: the peeler, the boning knife, the fillet knife and a carving knife.
Remember that you don’t have to buy a knife for each process (unless you want to).
Many people have damaged the preparation of a meal because of a pan (or at least a lot of us have blamed our pans in the past). This is one of the most used utensils in every kitchen.
The most important thing when choosing a frying pan is that it conducts heat well and does not deform. To start equipping your kitchen we recommend having at least 2 sizes of pans. Choose them with the amount of food you usually cook in mind.
Most of the pans they sell in stores are stamped aluminum, forged aluminum or cast aluminum. The stamped aluminum pans are the cheapest, but they’re the least durable; forged aluminum pans are of medium durability, and the third ones are the best choice because they last a long time. They also distribute heat better, which will allow you to cook the food evenly.
However, there are also pans made of cast iron, stainless steel, titanium, and ceramic. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so we suggest you research them and see which one suits you best.
Don’t forget to have a nonstick frying pan; so, you can prepare a variety of dishes without fear of them sticking to the pan.
In this section, we will also mention saucepans. Neither can be missing in your kitchen, as they are very practical when preparing pastas, stews, or steamed dishes.
There are pots made from aluminum, steel, iron, glass, and ceramic. Similar to pans, we suggest evaluating which dishes you usually cook and the budget you have to define the type of pots you need.
The most economical are usually aluminum. This material conducts heat very well but aluminum pots are not very durable. In contrast, stainless steel pots are good and they last a long time.
While steel does not have particularly good conductivity, brands have solved this problem by combining it with layers of materials such as copper or aluminum, that help distribute heat better.
Currently, ceramic pots are quite fashionable. Have you heard about them? Ceramic pots are ecologically and environmentally friendly. But, if they’re not high quality, they’re not practical because they’re not non-stick and they won’t conduct heat well. (It takes time for them to heat up and cool down). That’s why manufacturers have designed options that combine a steel structure with a ceramic non-stick surface.
In short, if you are going to opt for ceramic pots, it is best to check that it is a good product.
A set of utensils
Something essential in every kitchen! Make sure the kit includes the following utensils: a spoon, ladle, spatula, foamer, and hand whisk.
When it comes to materials, silicone utensils are a good choice because they are sturdy, durable and do not scratch surfaces. However, it is important to check that the plastic is really of quality so that it does not melt with the heat.
Another alternative is to use metal utensils (but use them carefully so as not to scratch your pots and pans). You might wonder: what about wooden utensils? These are very common because they are inexpensive, eco-friendly and look beautiful in the kitchen, but it is debated as to whether their use is safe.
Wood easily retains moisture and, after wear and tear, can become the perfect place for bacteria to live. That’s why some people instead opt for bamboo utensils, which are stronger and easier to clean.
As a bonus, here’s a list of other utensils you can use to equip your kitchen:
- Kitchen cloths
- Cutting boards (one for meats and one for vegetables)
- Can opener
Are you missing any?
As you can see, it can be hard to find utensils that fit the way you cook, are priced fair, and are easy to use and clean. However, at EFOODTRAINER we invite you not to underestimate this topic and to review the characteristics of various utensils to make the best decision.
Now that you know what utensils can’t be missing in your first kitchen, we say goodbye with one last tip: invest in quality utensils. In the long run, you’ll save money and you’ll have fewer problems.