Kitchen Essentials

I thought I’d share my most commonly used kitchen items. So if you’re setting up home, sending a student to College/University or just wanting to know for a specific recipe, this may help. (BTW this is all cheap supermarket/Pound World stuff, not high-end equipment!)

Measuring:

  • Spoons (either actual cutlery and a tablespoon or a set of measuring spoons)
  • Measuring cups
  • Scales: make sure you can read them: Size of display, whether it’s metric or imperial, digital or not….get familiar with them (mine are cheap digital ones from Argos but they do liquid measurements as well 🙂 )
  • Measuring jug: For yeast activation in pizza, pancake batter, gravy…the list is endless. Mine is a cheap plastic one but if you want to by Pyrex (or similar) you can use it to microwave and steam stuff in too.

 

Baking:

  • Wooden Spoon
  • Large and small mixing bowls (same as jug, Pyrex is useful)
  • Baking sheet/oven tray
  • 12 hole bun/muffin tin
  • 2 cake tins with removable bases (makes life so much easier)
  • Pastry Brush

 

Frying and Oven cooking:

  • Large and small frying pan or griddle
  • Oven-proof dish (I actually love mine, most of our food is cooked in them!)
  • Large roasting tin
  • small square pan (For tray-bakes like brownies or can be used as 2nd roasting tin!)
  • Large saucepan with lid

 

Utensils: (probably as a set)

  • Toasting/carving fork
  • Masher
  • Slotted spoon
  • Fish slice/Egg slice/spatula (whatever you want to call the thing you flip omelettes with!)
  • Grater (Box ones are easier to hold)
  • Basic knives: At least a small paring knife, a bread knife and a carver (for things bread knife can’t handle…like swede and meat with bones in)

 

….And that’s about it! All of this will only set you back around £40 (assuming baking trays and utensils are £1 or less each, which they are in Pound stores, Argos and all supermarket basic ranges!) If you’re reading my blog as an established house-holder then try to replace as you go or invest in extras.

Some people may point out I have no whisk on my list, that’s because I very rarely use one! I beat cake mix with my wooden spoon and whisk eggs and batter with a regular table fork, but if you want one, go ahead: They’re definitely in the  ‘a quid or less’ category! 🙂

 

If you are looking a bit further ahead, I recommend 2 products:

  1. A hand blender with different attachments (for puree like soups, coarse chopping and my Braun one has a whisk and a mini food processor attachment I use for guacamole  ) My first was a wedding present and it only gave up last year! HAD TO replace it, like immediately! They’re around £20-£30 in Argos well worth the investment in my opinion.
  2. Slow cooker: Again £20-30, don’t go nuts on one! Just getting to grips with mine (never occurred to me I could use it as a bain-marie to steam puddings until Mr B bought me a slow cooker recipe book!) but I can tell you Sunday roast has never been so easy!

 

I hope this helps you explore cookery, or if you’re a seasoned cook perhaps it will help you eliminate the unnecessary?

Happy munching! x

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