Cooking can be fun if you and your kitchen are set up for success. One way to do this is to make sure you have kitchen accessories that’ll make your job easier. If you’re not equipped with the proper cooking tools, cooking a meal can become a stressful and bothersome task. We all have our nights when ordering out is the only answer, but that gets old after a while.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or family members, the majority of us try to produce fairly healthy meals most nights. It’s easy to fall off the wagon when you’re busy working and attending to personal matters. Well, we’re here to help. We did our homework and found several cooking aids that will make your kitchen, family, life and plate a lot happier.
The Perfect Pots & Pans
One word comes to mind when I think about pots and pans that make cooking easier; nonstick. Cookware Nation has done the legwork and created a guide to buying the best nonstick cookware in 2015. I think one of the most important tips they offer is to not waste your money on cheap sets. Take time to research and select quality pots and pans that are going to help you get the job done, not make your job harder. Eventually, your selection comes down to personal preference, but Cookware Nation’s site is a good place to at least start comparing brands and styles.
Cooking is easier when you have the right gadgets. We found two in particular that are sure to spark your interest. Whether you cook a little or cook all the time, it's worth investing in the right accessories to save time and reduce headaches.
What’s one kitchen task that’s time consuming, necessary for your health and often dreaded by moms everywhere? Yes, you guessed it, chopping vegetables. But have no fear, we’ve found the perfect product to ease your pain. Let me introduce you to the one and only Vegetable Chop & Measure. This gadget lets you chop, measure and collect all in one easy step. A must-have utensil for those of you who like to eat and cook with lots of fresh vegetables.
Have you ever tried rolling your own dough? Well, if you have, you’re already aware that it can sometimes be a nightmare. It’s also quite messy. You’re in luck because we found the perfect kitchen gadget that will make your life easier. The kneading dough bag is versatile and non-toxic. According to Amazon, it’s not only used to mix flour, knead dough and squeeze fruit and vegetable juice, but can it also be used as a fresh-saving bag to cover or store food. Wow! I’m sold.
Knives & Cutting Board
Even though you have a solution for cutting vegetables, you’re still going to need sharp knives and a decent cutting board around the kitchen. Ever find yourself wishing you had a better or sharper knife when you’re in the middle of cooking up a delicious recipe? Believe it or not, there are specific knives for just about any food. Investing in a good set is worth it for anyone who spends any time in the kitchen. See Good Housekeeping’s 25 Best Kitchen Knives & Tools so you’re prepared to effortlessly slice, dice and chop your way to a delicious home cooked meal.
I’m sure you’ve heard the debate before; is a plastic, wood or bamboo cutting board the best for cooking? Well Kitchn has cut through all the noise and offered up some good advice on this topic. There are a lot of different features to take into account when deciding which to purchase, such as: sanitation, environment, ease of cleaning and how hard the board is on your shiny new knives. Weigh the options and then go with what works best for you.
The first step to cooking a tasty meal is a delicious recipe. It’s not always easy to find and whip up a quick and healthy meal, especially when you’re short on time. We live in a digital world and there are lots of great online cooking resources out there, but nothing beats a good old fashioned cookbook. Below are five cookbooks that are sure to inspire you and satisfy your taste buds.
- Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
- Simple French Food
- Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom
- Joy of Cooking
- The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Don’t let your outdated and impractical kitchen accessories hold you back from cooking with grace and simplicity. Look around and figure out what items need to be replaced or updated. Doing so will provide you with a more enjoyable and relaxed experience in your kitchen.
Is your kitchen in need of a facelift? Click here if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen and we’ll send you quotes from pros near you.