Cooking in a kitchen that has all the right equipment is such a pleasure. It’s something you have to build up to, though. Here’s our list of grown-up kitchen essentials to tick off.
A great set of knives
You can only get so far with quick-to-blunt cheapies that need replacing frequently. You don’t have to go for a full set, but it’s worth investing in a high quality chef’s knife, kitchen knife and vegetable knife.
A quality blender
From whipping up soups, smoothies and cocktails to making delicious mayonnaises and pestos, a blender is a must-have. An immersion blender can get most food jobs done and doesn’t take up much room, but if smoothies and cocktails are your aim it’s all about the countertop version.
A slow cooker
The key to preparing dinner early and making the most of cheaper cuts of meat, a slow cooker will save you both time and money. Cooking slow might seem counter-intuitive for super busy people, but this set and forget method is magic.
beautiful baking dishes
You know, the kind that are pretty enough to set right on the table at a dinner party for guests to serve themselves. Cooking rustic, country-style food never looked so good!
If you are passionate about cooking asian dishes you can’t go without a wok. They’re not just for stir-frying, either. Use them for deep-frying, steaming, braising and smoking. Don’t forget to season your wok properly to keep it at its best.
A wooden chopping board
We mean a big, heavy beautiful one that can double as a cheese board if need be. You’ll use this every time you step into the kitchen.
Sorry, but sometimes your box grater just doesn’t cut it. For strong ingredients like lemon zest, nutmeg and parmesan you can’t go past the super-sharp, extra-fine cut of a microplane.
Cast iron pots and pans
Cookware in cast iron will last you a lifetime, gets more and more non-stick as you use it, and can even help bump up your iron intake (great for vegetarians and vegans).
Mortar and pestle
If you need to grind up spices for a curry, to rub on meat, or to make chai, or if you want to mash up some guacamole or pesto, the old fashioned way is the nicest. A heavy stone mortar and pestle is a functional work of art on your kitchen bench.
Red, white and champagne glasses
A celebration just isn’t the same if you’re drinking champagne out of a red wine glass. To serve wine in the glass it’s supposed to be served in is to do adulting right.
A fully stocked spice rack
A great cook knows their turmeric from their tarragon. Fully stocking your rack with matching containers that you can refill as needed is the most organised way to go.