7 must-have pieces of kitchen equipment

10 September 2015 | Health, Recipes
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It is expensive to have a fully-decked out kitchen. I call it my wedding registry wish list (just gotta get the husband, read: boyfriend, first).

But these are the pieces of kitchen equipment I use weekly and couldn’t survive without.

The following five are inexpensive and will change the way you cook:

1. Mandolin – Say what? You might call it a zester or fine grater. I use it to finely grate ginger and turmeric, mince garlic cloves (so much easier to clean than a garlic crusher) and zest citrus. I love that you can hold it directly over the vessel it’s going in, and it’s easier to clean than a box grater.

2. Small frying pan – When you’re cooking for one (cue the violins) you don’t need a big frying pan. Invest in a good quality small pan perfect for cooking salmon, a frittata, crepes and toasting nuts, seeds and granola.

3. Chef’s knife – Are you still cutting veggies with a butter knife? Half the reason people don’t cook is because the prep takes them too long. Invest in a good, sharp chef’s knife and say ‘hello Masterchef’.

4. Slow cooker – What the hell did I do before my slow cooker? I use it for bone broths, casseroles, curries and soups. You don’t need a fancy one either, just make sure it comes with a low and high setting. Nabbing one with a timer is a bonus.

5. Steamer –  I get this out almost every night. I have a double boiler with steamer insert, but you can use a bamboo basket set over a saucepan or an electric steamer if you prefer. Steamed veggies take all of 5 minutes to prepare for those nights when you just couldn’t be arsed cooking. I like to finish mine with a drizzle of tahini. Yum!

And for those with a little more mulla up their sleeve…

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6. High Speed Blender – I couldn’t not survive without my blender. I use it for soups, smoothies and for making coconut milk and almond milk. I was lucky enough to be gifted an Oster Versa Performance Blender, which is just WOW. But an equally impressive and much cheaper option that has served me well for the past five years is the Sunbeam Cafe Series Blender.

7. Food Processor – Wanna know the secret to the perfect bliss balls, smooth homemade nut butters and pestos ready in seconds? A good quality food processor. I use the Breville Ikon Kitchen Whizz, but there are plenty of good quality affordable options on the market.

Tell me, what are your favourite pieces of kitchen equipment?

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  1. cherie

    We are on the hunt for a good quality frypan – any suggestions? I seem to only get 6 months from mine (used on low over gas) I think it’s such a waste when they lose their non stickiness.

    1. Fiona

      I purchased a KitchenAid 21.5cm anodised fry pan from Victoria’s Basement a few years ago and it’s still going. I’ve used it for all sorts, and it can go from stovetop to oven if you need to finish something off in the oven. From memory it was around $30 or so. It cannot go in the dishwasher though, but is pretty easy to hand-wash.

    2. Jordanna

      I’m going to do a post on frying pans soon! Unfortunately the non-stick stuff (Teflon) isn’t great of our health… Look for frying pans and cookware made from enamel, stainless, cast iron or ceramic coated.

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