A kitchen is a kitchen is a kitchen. Or is it really? A lot of people dread the thought of spending more time than it takes to fix a coffee in the kitchen; others make the kitchen their home. If you enjoy cooking as much as I do, you will know what it is like to work in a poorly equipped kitchen as well as in a fully equipped one. I obviously prefer the latter. The thing is that what I may consider to be a poorly equipped kitchen may be more than enough for someone else. We will however be looking at some gadgets, fixtures and appliances that make the kitchen just a tiny bit more interesting and enjoyable.
Having a coffee machine that can prepare all sorts of different coffees for you will make your life so much better. Depending on how much coffee you drink and how you like your coffee you can decide how much to spend on this item.
Still on the topic of drinks, a wine fridge is absolutely important if you enjoy your wine. Being particular about the temperature of your wine is not always a concern for people, but when you are drinking a quality wine, you want it to be just perfect when it hits your lips for the first time. This is a pretty expensive piece of equipment to own, but definitely deserves to be on the list. Don’t forget the openers though!
Not only does this provide a quick and easy way of putting a nice warm toasted sandwich together, it is also easy to clean and could be used to cook other foods as well. Some come standard with shapes and sizes that form your sandwich for you. You also get models that have one ribbed side and one flat. These are not always sandwich presses by nature, but they definitely get the job done and provide a great alternative to grill anything from steaks to sausages. It basically also serves as an electrical pan.
Pots and pans
You might be wondering why this is on the list as it forms part of basic kitchen equipment but I have news for you. Pots and pans come in so many different varieties that it would be irresponsible from me not to enlighten you about a few of these. Denby cast iron is a personal favorite of mine as it is so tough and durable, but also adds a delicate touch to your preparations. Cast iron provides a healthy alternative to the more trendy and modern cookware.
For those who enjoy gracing the kitchen with their bare feet, this is a definite. It doesn’t only heat the floors but also tends to heat up the whole room. Obviously you won’t be using this in the summer, but in the winter it is pure bliss to walk on a heated floor.
About the Author: As a foodie, Waldo van den Berg investigates and writes many articles on cooking and cookware such as Denby cast iron products.