One of the rooms in the house that takes up the most space in terms of gadgets is the kitchen. While you can get away with a very small number of kitchen utensils, in order to really have full cooking freedom and get the best possible results, there are certain things you’ll need to invest in. While not all of these kitchen items are absolutely necessary, they’ll give you more flexibility and give you the opportunity to make more things and make them quicker and easier.
A Good Set Of Knives
The biggest and most important investment you can make in your kitchen is a good set of knives. Having good knives can make a huge difference in many ways from how quickly you can chop to actual safety in the kitchen. If you have knives that aren’t balanced right or are a bit dull, you run the risk of accidentally slipping and injuring yourself. When working with such sharp utensils, it’s a good idea to do your research and find the best ones at the top of your price range.
Ultimately, when it comes to kitchen knives, it’s not even the price that’s important, but how they feel in your hand. Be sure to read reviews and if possible try them out in a store. You can easily get nice knives for under $30, so don’t spend tons of money unless you’re sure those are the exact ones you want.
A Casserole Dish
While you can get any kind of casserole dish, getting a Le Creuset Dutch Oven might be one of the best investments you can make. Although they’re a bit pricey, starting around $130, they last a lifetime and come with a warranty of 100 years, they’re incredibly sturdy and durable and the best part is you can start your meal on the stovetop but finish it in the oven. Because you can use them for both, it limits the number of skillets and other stovetop things you need in your kitchen set.
In addition to a Dutch Oven, it’s also a good idea to get a long, rectangular casserole dish as well.
Tongs, Spatula and Wooden Spoon
When it comes to the things you need to actually make your food, these three things are the most important. With just these three, you could make just about anything. Tongs are great for a number of things from turning bacon to flipping chicken or steak. A spatula is great for quesadillas, pancakes or any other number of things and with a wooden spoon you can stir any stew, soup or dish you can think of.
Cast Iron Skillet
A cast iron skillet is another investment that’s great to have in the kitchen for the same reason as a Dutch oven. You can start it on the stove and finish it in the oven and the cast iron beautifully sears meat and makes it easy to make desserts as well.
When you’re outfitting your kitchen, investing in these things and some stovetop skillets can give the flexibility and ability to make so many amazing dishes. Other things like lemon squeezers, garlic presses or even colanders are all additional pieces, but these core items will set you up for kitchen success.