We are going to start in this article talking about the basics: What do we need to always have on hand in the kitchen? It is not a simple answer since the necessary kitchen utensils can vary a lot depending on the person who will use them.
To begin to answer the question we must also be aware of the space we have to store and the use that we are going to give them, as is evident, a person in a domestic environment does not have the same needs as a professional in the hospitality industry in their environment of work.
For a domestic kitchen this may be the most appropriate collection of frequently used utensils to make our first steps:
The knife is the essential kitchen utensil. We have knives for an infinite number of uses (peelers, boners, ham holders, bread holders, cutlets) from the most versatile to those used for very specific cuts.
In a domestic kitchen, a paring knife, also called a “lace”, a filleting knife for meat and fish, a medium-sized multipurpose chef’s knife and a bread basket should never be missing.
Having a sharpener at hand will allow us to always keep our knives in perfect condition and increase our safety since a sharp knife allows a clean and effortless cut.
To cook food we need to get a good kitchenware, preferably Stainless steel cookware. Skimping on the price of these kitchen utensils may not pay off since they are elements that, provided they are of good quality, will accompany us for years.
If we are furnishing our kitchen from scratch, we can buy a 7 or 8-piece cookware that usually brings the most frequent items that we are going to use (pans of various sizes, pots, saucepans). Depending on the type of dishes we may need some other complementary piece that we can purchase separately.
The same thing happens for the pans, there are countless types, sizes and materials. We can buy for example a set of 3 pans: small, medium and large (20/24 / 28cm or 18/22 / 26cm).
Stainless steel ones tend to be a bit more expensive but higher quality than aluminum ones. We also have new models of cast aluminum and with non-stick coatings of all kinds available from the classic Teflon to the new ceramic coatings.
Small kitchen utensils:
In addition to the above elements, we must have a small list of essential kitchen accessories on hand:
- A set of slotted spoon, spatula, fork, a juicer, Stainless steel plates:
- Some graters (we can do with a couple of graters or with one that has several types of cut);
- A good kitchen table (if we are going to use it frequently, it should be wide and with some height);
- A measuring jug and a couple of mixing bowls.
We leave behind quite a few utensils (especially for baking) but these may be the main ones to start with. As we get down to work we will need other accessories but it is best to buy them on the go by contacting Saurabh Steel at earliest.