We’ve all been faced with the dilemma: should we buy a kitchen gadget? Although it may look amazing and promise to make our lives easier, will it simply leave our pocketbook a bit lighter? If you’re worried about spending too much, you’re in good company. Many people are wondering which kitchen essentials are worth splurging on and which are best left on the shelf.
To help you determine how to stock your kitchen, we’ve culled the essentials that are absolutely worth the money:
- A set of professional knives. Have you been trying to cut fruits, vegetables and meats using dull, old steak knives? It’s time to ditch them and turn to professional knives. Although you can get them in sets, many cooks prefer to buy them piecemeal. That way, you can see how each knife will perform. You can also look up its ratings on review websites.
- Trustworthy pots and pans. Most of us were given hand-me-down pots and pans. It’s time to give them away or discard them altogether. You’ll want to investigate the best pots and pans for you. Non-stick ones are terrific, but can easily scratch and wear out. It’s often better to go with heavier-duty ceramic cookware or copper cookware. Yes, it’s more expensive, but you’ll replace it less frequently.
- A dependable mixer. This isn’t your mother’s handheld mixer! We’re talking about the type of mixer that stands on the countertop. You can expect to spend at least $150-200 for a mixer of this quality, but if you like to bake, it will become a lifesaver. Many people end up using their mixers far more often than they assumed they would, just because it’s so convenient.
- A reliable blender. Along with your mixer, you deserve a blender that won’t let you down. Avoid getting the most inexpensive model that’s been recently reduced. It probably won’t have the speed or strength you need.
- A good food processor. Yes, it’s a tool our ancestors didn’t have, but if they had, imagine what they could have done! Food processors allow you to make homemade meals much faster, which may encourage you to eat better in the long run.
- A scale. Digital scales make it easier to weigh portions and they come in handy if you, a household member or a guest is on a restricted diet plan. It can be tough to visualize a three-ounce piece of meat. Your digital scale will keep you on track!
- A thermometer. If you’re new to the art of cooking, you may be confused by the idea of having a thermometer in the kitchen. However, you’ll turn to it quite a bit if you start roasting meats or making candies. You don’t have to spend tons of money on a thermometer, but don’t select the lowest-grade model, either.
- A cast iron skillet. One of the best investments you can make is a cast iron skillet. In fact, these used to be a staple in every kitchen. When they’re seasoned properly, cast iron skillets are known to last for generations. Pick the nicest one you can afford and then take good care of it. You’ll have to give it more TLC than other pots and pans, but it’ll pay you back with delectable foods for years.
Worried you have to go out and make these purchases immediately? Slow down! People on a limited budget don’t have to run out and buy all this equipment at once. Instead, wait until you have a little money and upgrade your appliances and kitchen tools one at a time.
Little by little, you’ll build up an amazing kitchen that will have everything you need to whip up outrageously tasty recipes!
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