5 Totally Indispensable Kitchen Utensils

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Many of us are becoming a dab hand in the kitchen, especially since we are swamped with celebrity chefs on the TV and all over the magazines. They are a great source of inspiration, and this spurs us on to become more creative in our own kitchens.

But to get the most out of cooking, you really need to make sure that you have the right kit. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit more than you perhaps normally would, because with kitchen equipment you really do get what you pay for.

Here are a few essential pieces of equipment that no budding chef should be without.

Sharp, High Quality Knives

Good quality knives are an absolute must in any kitchen. Having to struggle with flimsy, blunt knives makes preparing your dishes an absolute chore, when it really needn’t be. Invest in some quality knives and sharpen them regularly. Also, don’t just use one knife for everything – make sure you have a variety of shapes and sizes. For example, a chef’s knife is a great all-rounder, but it’s definitely handy to have a paring knife, bread knife and fish knife too.

Vegetable Peeler

It’s amazing how many people just learn to live without a peeler, but I see it as an essential item of kitchenware. Some chefs may disagree, but to the amateur cook, a peeler is so much easier (and safer) than using a knife. A no-brainer in my eyes.

Scales and Measuring Jugs

If you’re only just starting out in the kitchen, you really need to try sticking to recipes as much as possible. Measuring how much of each ingredient you use is key, and if you fail to do this, your dish could go disastrously wrong. When you grow more confidence, you can start to use your instinct and play around a bit with recipes, but until then, keep it simple!

Quality Salt and Pepper Mills

Seasoning can often make the difference between a good or bad dish, so making sure that you have quality salt and pepper mills is very important. Choose something solid and robust, rather than fiddling around with cheap, tacky mills. Cheap salt and pepper mills also have a tendency to break easily, so be warned!

A Standing Electric Mixer

Anyone who dabbles with a bit of baking needs to get hold of an electric mixer. Sure, you can keep it old school and use a wooden spoon and good ol’ fashioned elbow grease, but an electric mixer makes cake mixtures so much easier to make. Look out for brands like the Kitchenaid Mixer, which will deliver excellent results every time. Plus, mixers look pretty stylish nowadays, so they can add a bit of style to your kitchen.

This is a guest post.  This post was written by Peter Fallows from the UK – a food fanatic, cooking enthusiast and gadget nut.

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