Whether you’re a seasoned gourmet chef or an amateur cook, you need the right tools at your disposal to achieve even the most basic of culinary masterpieces. After all, you can’t claim that you can only toast bread if you don’t have a toaster in which to toast the bread. Of course, some gadgets are just a way to get you to spend money on something you already have, so here is a short guide to help you decide on what is truly essential.
Pasta pot with built in strainer
Pasta is one of the first things that everyone should learn how to make; it’s the basis of a quick and nutritious meal for college students, single professionals, busy parents, and growing children. Once an amateur chef has mastered making pasta, their parents will be relieved to know they won’t be living on instant noodles and take out meals. However, we can all agree that straining the pasta just makes extra mess for everyone to clean up afterwards, and it’s not always easy to clean a strainer. Fortunately, Ikea has cut out the unnecessary mess and given us a pasta pot with a built in strainer. Same method, but less mess.
Even if you’re not the type to enjoy a cup of herbal tea before bed, or indulge in instant coffee first thing in the morning, there is no denying that a kettle is a useful tool if you want to quickly heat up water. However, most people would prefer not to have a kettle because they can be very noisy at times. Fortunately, this will no longer be a deterrent now that kitchen enthusiasts have found the quietest kettles and ranked them by style, function, and noise level. Some people have even discovered ways of cooking meals with a kettle so there is no denying that it’s a useful tool to have in the kitchen.
Three-tier oven rack
When the holidays come around, the usually spacious oven is suddenly filled beyond capacity trying cook all the vegetables, pies, and trimmings for all your extended family. Luckily, there are some small kitchen tools that can turn down the heat just a little. A collapsible 3-tier oven rack can help you add a few more dishes into the oven, so you don’t give yourself a headache trying to figure out the cooking times for each individual dish. It might not be able to give advice on how to break up family disputes, but it’s still the closest thing you’ll get to a holiday miracle.
Most people think that kitchen scales are a sign of a person weighing their food portions, but they are an essential tool for baking the perfect cakes and cookies. The trick with the perfect kitchen scales is that they have to be precise, big enough to measure larger portions, but not so large that they can’t be neatly stored out of the way. Electronic scales are usually the best because they are more precise than their mechanical counterparts.
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