Sometime it’s the simpler things in life that matter most. Whether you’re living in a bachelor pad or working in an industrial kitchen, there are certain simple kitchen gadgets that are universally essential. Here are the things you must have in your kitchen. If you don’t, it’s time to go shopping!
If you want to ensure that your meat is cooked exactly to your liking (or more importantly, to the liking of your guests), you must have a meat thermometer. It’s such a simple way to check the doneness of meat, and it doesn’t require any unsightly cut marks in your food.
An egg slicer is a simple, nifty little gadget that will give you perfect egg slices in an instant, which is perfect to adding to salads or making egg salad. But get creative, and you can use your egg slicer for many other things as well, like strawberries and mushrooms.
You definitely don’t want to be using the same scissors you use to cut chicken as you do for wrapping presents, so you must have a separate designated pair of kitchen scissors. You can use them for everything from quickly chopping vegetables and meat to opening packages to clipping herbs.
Tongs come in handy in so many cooking scenarios. They’re great for turning meat over, taking vegetables out of the pot, and much more. Invest in a good pair of large tongs, but also consider getting a small pair that’s perfect for picking up smaller pieces of food, like scallops.
There’s nothing like the taste of freshly-ground black pepper. You must have a refillable pepper grinder, and with so many looks to choose from, it can double as a kitchen décor element, too. While you’re at it, consider a refillable sea salt grinder as well.
A very simple, handheld lemon juicer will allow you to get the most out of all your lemons while cooking. Fresh lemon juice is always preferable, but it’s hard to squeeze them effectively without a juicer to help. Of course you can also use the juicer for limes and other citrus fruits, too.
Don’t bother chopping, mashing, pureeing, or mixing by hand, especially for large amounts of food. A blender the best way to do those things, and it’s super speedy. A good blender can serve so many purposes, so it’s worth getting a high-quality one that will last.
Who can live without their coffee maker? Sure, there’s instant coffee nowadays, but nothing compares to the taste of a freshly-brewed pot. If your coffee maker is one of the most frequently used gadgets in your kitchen, you know how essential it really is.
Every wine drinker has at some point experienced the frustrating peril of having a bottle of wine but no corkscrew. If you drink wine even on the rarest of occasions, you must have a corkscrew in your kitchen. A high-quality one will open a lot of bottles in its lifetime.
About the Author: Katherine Brown is an expert baker and guru when it comes to the kitchen. She loves to blog and she generates content to help others with anything from cooking help to transitional kitchen design.