Even though you don’t need the most expensive kitchen tools to cook delicious meals, you do need to make sure you have some essentials on hand. The right tools can make cooking easier and more efficient plus they can help ensure that your meals turn out great. To get you started on stocking your kitchen, we’ve made a list of 10 Kitchen Tools Every Home Cook Should Own.
It’s important to make sure you have a good set of knives and a variety of different types. That way you’ll have the perfect knife for any job whether it’s carving a turkey, chopping veggies or slicing bread. Getting a high quality set of knives and taking care of them (sharpening them often and storing them in a knife block) can help ensure that they will last for many years of happy cooking!
- Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are a lifesaver for busy people that still want to put delicious and healthy meals on the table for their family. You can buy lots of different sizes that start out pretty inexpensive and last a long time. Another great thing about slow cookers is that you can make a huge variety of recipes in them, tons of which are available for free online.
- Salad Spinner
A salad spinner is an awesome tool that a lot of people don’t actually own. It makes drying lettuce and other greens quick and easy and saves you from using a ton of paper towels. They’re really cheap so pick one up today and start making some homemade salads!
- Iron Skillet
Iron skillets are really affordable and they last a lifetime. You can cook anything from meat to desserts to breakfast in them since they are so versatile. Our favourite iron skillet recipes are our Veggie Hemp Frittata and our Hempy Campfire S’mores.
- Food Processor
Having a food processor allows you to slice, shred, chop and grate anything from cheese to carrots really quickly. It also lets you make things like homemade hemp butter and tasty treats like our Superseed Energy Balls.
- Meat Thermometer
A meat thermometer lets you take the guesswork out of knowing when to take your meat out of the oven. It’s great for making sure your dishes are cooked just the way you like them and that you aren’t serving things raw!
- Garlic Press
Quickly add some tasty flavour to your recipes by using a garlic press! It will save so much time since you won’t have to hand mince the garlic and it allows you to add fresh garlic to your recipes instead of using the powdered version.
- Wooden or Bamboo Cutting Board
A large wooden or bampoo cutting board can help make chopping veggies a breeze. It’s especially nice if you don’t have a huge space in your kitchen since it will turn any counter top or table into a cutting board. It’s also great for rolling out dough and cookies on. They are really affordable and as long as you take care of them they will last a long time.
- Mortar and Pestle
This handy tool lets you grind your own spices and nuts and make homemade pesto! Using a mortar and pestle helps bring out the natural oils and flavours in your spices and it’s really easy to use.
A blender is an essential kitchen tool because it’s so versatile. You can make everything from smoothies, to soups and sauces with it. It’s a good idea to invest in a high-powered one that can blend things very smoothly and that will last you a long time.
We hope this list helps you know which tools to get to cook like a pro! What kitchen tool can you not live without?