Whether you’re cooking for two or for six, chances are you’ll always be on the lookout for ways to make your life easier in the kitchen.
Part of this involves using the right utensils, more than just the right knife, the appropriate pan, allowing you to save time and waste, reduce mess and create tastier food.
Read on for the top 6 kitchen utensils everyone should be using.
1. A spare cutting board for garlic and onion
Don’t want your jam and toast to taste like garlic the morning after you’ve made spaghetti bolognese? Get a spare cutting board for strong-smelling foods like onion and garlic.
Cutting boards tend to absorb strong flavours so having a spare one will avoid strong smells tainting your other food.
And remember, in the interests of food hygiene meat and vegetables should always be cut on separate cutting boards anyway.
2. Tupperware boxes
Reduce your food waste by storing leftover food in tupperware boxes.
Leftover casserole? Keep it in a tupperware box in the fridge and eat it for lunch the next day. Leftover grated cheese? Put in a tupperware box to prevent it going hard when left out in the open. And if you’re cooking for one, make four portions and freeze the rest in tupperware boxes for later.
The opportunities are endless and you’ll never find yourself wasting leftovers ever again – saving you money too.
If you’re cooking eggs or pancakes, use a spatula. But for everything else, use tongs. They’re much less awkward to use and if you’re picking something up, it’s much less likely to slip and fall on the floor.
Think about all the times you’ve tried to transfer sausages from the pan to your plate and they’ve fallen off the spatula – with tongs that will never happen again!
4. A box grater
It’s one of life’s little annoyances that it’s impossible to grate cheese into a bowl and get every bit in the bowl.
That’s why everyone needs a box grater. You grate directly into the collection box – minimising the mess – and if you’ve got any leftover cheese, pop the lid on and store it in the fridge for later.
5. Non-stick pans
If you haven’t got one yet, get one. They’ll stop your food sticking to the pan and they’re perfect for anyone who hates the washing up part of cooking.
They’ll also save you bags of time and it doesn’t take a great amount of care to keep them in good condition. Just remember to protect them by not using metal utensils.
6. Roasting bags
Trying to find a way to get your food to retain its full flavour?
If you’re cooking meat or poultry, try cooking it in a roasting bag. All the juices from the meat will be sealed in the bag and you won’t lose any flavour.
And since all the moisture will be contained, you’ll also find it makes your meat incredibly moist and juicy. What’s more, they’re safe to use in both microwaves and conventional ovens.
At LWK Kitchens, we believe there are many ways to make your life easier in the kitchen. One is using the right utensils, another is having the right kitchen.
That’s why we offer a wide range of kitchen styles and layouts to suit every type of cook. To find out more, visit our website or give us a call on 020 7536 9266.