Here is a list of 5 things that I find the most useful and almost essential when I’m cooking either at home or in the kitchen in work:
1) Sharp knives
You don’t need to rush out and buy a full selection of expensive knives. Having just one good medium sized sharp knife will make all the difference. Having a sharp knife allows for clean cuts through meat and fish and makes it much more efficient for you to chop when prepping veg. It’s also much safer to chop with a sharp knife than toughing it out with a blunt knife
I find myself reaching for the spatula at all stages when cooking. These are vital in professional kitchens to avoid waste but also at home they allow you to get every last morsel out of a bowl. This also helps with the wash up 😉
This juicer is an amazing weapon in the kitchen. So quick and easy to use for juicing citrus fruits and leaves you with little washing up. I look for lemon juice for almost every recipe I use so this always comes in handy. I got this sturdy one on Sainsburys in London but have also seen them in TK Maxx.
4) Good Quality olive oil and balsamic
I think it’s worth while spending a little bit of money on a good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My favourite are Capezzana olive oil and Saporoso balsamic. These are great for finishing off dishes. A little Capezzana drizzled over grilled fish or Saporoso drizzled over roasted vegetables does so much.
5) Maldon sea salt
Pretty much every dish whether it be sweet or savoury requires salt at some stage. I think Maldon sea salt is definitely the best quality salt around. I use these beautiful flaky salt crystals constantly.