So, do you reckon you’re a legitimate foodie? Read this!
Enjoy whipping up some incredible meals at home that even Jamie Oliver or Gordon Ramsay would happily tuck into? Well, we’re certain that you’ll find today’s article incredibly helpful. With more and more people around the world now paying attention to what they eat, there has been a rise in people who have taken up cooking as a passion and hobby. If you consider yourself somewhat of a novice home cook and are looking to up your game, then you most certainly will have to start by gathering your arsenal. In today’s article, we have a look at 6 essential culinary tools for the aspiring foodie, so read on to find out more!
1. Ain’t No Kitchen Complete Without a Stand Mixer!
Did you think that a stand mixer was only reserved for avid bakers? Well, prepare to be dazzled. Stand mixers have come a long way since their inception decades ago, and have evolved into mean machines that can do a lot more than mix up some meringue or cake batter. In fact, if you invest in a quality stand mixer that comes with various attachments, you’ll be able to use your mixer as an ice cream machine, meat grinder, pasta machine and so much more! True foodies know how important it is to be prepared for any recipe that comes their way, and with a stand mixer, we’re certain you’ll be ready for anything!
2. A Cast Iron Skillet
There is a reason so many Michelin star restaurants insist on cooking with cast iron and nothing but cast iron. A cast-iron pan, whilst incredibly expensive even during the biggest sale, is one of the best investments you can make for your kitchen. Not only is cast iron incredibly sturdy, but it also is fantastic at conducting even levels of heat which result in the perfect steak or roasted vegetables every single time. Use. One of its greatest advantages is that cast iron cookware ages like wine. It’s the only piece of kitchen gear you can buy that will only keep improving after years of heavy use!
3. A Killer Blender
Ever oohed and aahed at those blenders they use in Starbucks, Boost or basically any high-end cafe in 2020? Well, lucky for you, you can have one too! In fact, more and more people are now investing in high-quality professional blenders that are the perfect kitchen tool to create homemade flours, meals, nut butters, smoothies, ice cream and so much more. By investing in a super speed blender, no only will you be able to make the best smoothies in town, but you’ll also have a multi-purpose machine that is at your disposal, ready to make creamy Bisques and artisanal Cashew Nut Butter. Yum!
4. A Premium Chef’s Knife
It’s time to throw away your $20 set of knives from K-mart and invest in a premium Chef’s knife. Did you know that all one actually really needs is about 3 knives in total? Forget about a knife set that offers you 15 pieces, and instead focus your efforts and dollars on a high-quality, Japanese style chef knife that will cut through even the toughest cuts of meat like butter. A great tip is to opt for a forged steel blade over a European style blade if you want a knife that lasts a lifetime.
5. Pressure Cook Your Way To The Top
Most people assume pressure cookers are ancient gadgets that no one uses in 2020. Well, most people couldn’t be more wrong! In fact, a pressure cooker is a gem of an item and can cut down on cooking times especially if you’re someone who enjoys cooking beans or tough cuts of meat from scratch. While pressure cookers may seem a little intimidating, once you quickly learn to use them, you’ll be in for a real treat. Wild Rice in 15 minutes? Count us in!
6. A Humble Balloon Whisk
We know what you’re thinking…a whisk? Well, a Balloon Whisk isn’t just any whisk. Balloon Whisks, aka the giant cousin of the average kitchen whisk, are the perfect tool for anyone who is sick and tired of whipping items such as cream or butter by hand (and ending up incredibly sore the next day). These whisks are seen all around the world in restaurant kitchens and are paired perfectly with round-bottomed stainless steel bowls. Incorporating air manually into ingredients was never this easy or fancy looking. Channel those chef vibes.
And there you have it — 6 tools that any foodie who is aspiring to take their culinary skills to the next level needs. We hope that this article has inspired you to go out and do a little kitchen gadget shopping. Take care and bon appetit!