Five Must Have Kitchen Accessories
It’s a known fact that cooking is an art, and variations in cooking styles are a part of the cultural specificities that define regions and countries (there are, for example, Chinese restaurants, Indian restaurants and so on). In fact, there are two important perspectives to be analyzed when it comes to cooking:
• Cooking as an activity performed by experts, by true artists that use their imagination and creativity in order to create special dishes and exotic combinations.
• Cooking as a basic activity that everyone engages in. It is mostly a ‘family thing’: preparing meals for you and your family on a daily basis takes time and patience and if you don’t enjoy it everything might seem very hard and exhausting. But if you make sure that you have all the necessary tools and kitchen accessories, things will seem easier.
Given these two ways in which we can talk about cooking, let’s stay focused on the kitchen accessories that you must have in order to enjoy preparing all kinds of dishes for you and for your loved ones. This cookware analysis will explore every aspect of cooking, in other words, everything you need to do in order to come up with the best meals every time.
Having good knives is a crucial thing that you have to keep in mind regarding cookware. It’s necessary to be able to slice vegetables and to chop off meat just the way you are supposed to. Low quality knives make this more difficult and it can be extremely annoying to try to cut tomatoes or onions with knives whose blade is not as sharp as it should be.
There are a lot of extremely cheap knives or knife sets, but a sincere piece of advice would be to try to avoid them, because even if you save money at first by paying less for them, they usually last for only a few weeks. A more qualitative set of knives is designed to last for at least a few years, so it’s best to put things in perspective and to buy something that seems more expensive, but that will allow you to save money over a longer period of time.
Let’s say you want to prepare a sauce, or maybe to fry some fish fillet. Imagine an ordinary pan: it might ruin the entire dinner for you, by burning the fish or making the sauce taste funny (due to the fact that it gets stuck on the pan’s surface because of the heat). Now, if you make sure that the pan’s ok, things will go smooth and everything will turn out just like planned. It would be ideal to have a pan set that contains a few different pans from smaller ones (to be used for preparing pancakes, for example) to large size pans (for preparing pasta sauce, for example).
The object that you’ll surely get to use many times in your kitchen is the pot. It is suited for preparing all kinds of soups or simply for boiling water (if you think of preparing pasta, for starters). It is very important to get yourself pots that have perfectly fitting tops, especially if you plan to use them for more sophisticated recipes than boiling water for pasta.
The bowls, as well as the knives and the cutting board, are to be seen as belonging to the ‘pre-cooking accessories’ category. It is crucial to have the right bowls (the right sizes) in order to be able to store your sliced ingredients or to mix them without having to worry about spilling the contents of the bowl.
5. Cutting board
Even though it might sound a bit weird, the cutting board is a very important piece of cookware that you must have in your kitchen. It is a simple instrument, but it is very helpful when it comes to protecting the knives and making them last longer (it is wrong to use the knives directly on plates. When cutting and slicing different ingredients, you have to make sure that you use a perfectly flat surface; this is why the cutting board is the best option).
As you’ve noticed from the categories mentioned above, cooking doesn’t begin when you put the pan on the stove. It all starts by choosing a certain recipe; then, you start searching for the right ingredients and only after you make sure that you have everything you need to start to chop and cut them into small pieces, following the recipe’s instructions. Only after you’re done with these stages, you put different ingredients into the pan or pot and you set them on the stove. This is precisely why we should all think about cooking as an extended process, and if we manage to stick to this vision we’ll see why cookware doesn’t only refer to pans and pots, but to everything that we have to use, starting with cutting the ingredients.
When talking about this ‘kitchen stuff’, we have to mention the way the kitchen looks. If things are messy, it will be very hard to enjoy cooking. If you keep things in order (if you wash the bowls, the knives and other cooking accessories immediately after you use them, you’ll avoid having the kitchen sink filled with dirty dishes), you’ll avoid spending time on finding the things that you need and you’ll stay more focused on the cooking than on any other external element.
Remember that having a clean kitchen is very important; also, having good quality knives, at least one cutting board and a few different sized bowls are the prerequisites of a great meal.
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