I do loads and loads of Instagram stories from my kitchen and people are always asking me questions.
Here are my kitchen go too equipment:
Measuring spoons, cups and jugs
You can pick these up almost anywhere and you don’t have to spend a fortune on them. For example, they are stocked in Dunnes Stores at €6 for a set of spoons and €9 for the measuring cups. When purchasing measuring spoons make sure the measurements are clearly marked, there is a big difference between adding a tsp or tbsp of chili powder to your curry. I tend to use measuring cups for things like overnight oats and jugs for water and stocks.
Ideally aim for one small, medium and large sized bowl. Pyrex are great as they are heat-proof and come in super handy for cake-mixing, making salad dressings or beating eggs. These are readily available in most home stores including Argos where you can pick up a set of three clear Pyrex bowls for €15.
You really need only three good knives in your kitchen.
– Chef’s knife 8in: This is the most important knife for food preparation. Before you buy a chef’s knife, look at different brands in the shops and ask lots of questions. If you can, ask for a demonstration where you can hold the knife and carefully practice the chopping movement in the shop. I have a Wusthof chef’s knife and look back on it as one of the best investments I ever made.
– Paring knife 4in: A paring knife is used for preparing ingredients that don’t need a big chef’s knife, such as peeling fruits and vegetables
– Serrated bread knife: This is a knife that looks like a saw. Don’t bother spending a lot of money on this, but do get one that feels solid. It’s the ideal knife for cutting bread, loaves, nut roasts.
The phrase ‘food processor’ always sounds boring and a bit robotic but the equipment itself is fantastic and it makes life so much easier in the kitchen. If you can afford to buy a food processor, it’s such a great investment. There are endless options out there and not all food processors are created equal.
Handheld blender and electric whisk
If you don’t want to spend money on a food processor, a simple handheld blender for soups and a handheld electric whisk will see you through most recipes. My handheld blender was not at all expensive and it is a real workhorse.
To get the best quality wok at the lowest price I would advise going to an Asian supermarket.
However, you can often pick them up on special offer in Lidl or Aldi too. My wok comes in handy all the time whether it’s whipping up a quick midweek stir-fry or cooking a curry for friends at the weekend.
Buy good-quality, heavy ovenproof dishes for roasting vegetables, meat and fish. One or two big dishes will cover most needs. Keep an eye out for sales and buy a good brand. They will see you through many years of cooking. TkMaxx can be a great place for bargains on all things kitchen ware.
It’s such a smart idea to buy a few pieces of good silicone bake-ware. Silicone has amazing non-stick properties and is so hard-wearing. Invest in a couple of loaf pans so that you can make healthy breads and loaves. And consider buying a muffin tray for baking healthy muffins. Homestore And More stock these and you should be able to pick one up for less than €10.
This has been my best kitchen investments to date. It allows me to create delicious, nutritious and cost-effective meals with minimal fuss. Unfortunately, mine is quite old so I’m not sure if it’s still on the market but a key recommendation I would make if buying another one would be to make sure it is large enough for your all needs. Also read up on the settings to make sure it does what you want. Harvey Norman stocks a good range and they start at about €40.