10 Essentials For Kitchen
Here are 10 essentials for kitchens every household needs. Whether you're just starting out you're a veteran of cooking, these are the items every kitchen needs.
- Cutting board. Wood cutting boards have been proven to be less of a health risk than plastic cutting boards. Always use one side for vegetables and fruits and the other side for meats to avoid contamination.
- Knife set. This is essential for the kitchen while preparing meals and during mealtime. Ceramic knives are harder than the common steel blades; they do not rust and are extremely sharp.
- Slow cooker. Great for easy meals for those hectic days. Some features offered are timers for how long you want your meal cooked and high, medium and warm temperature settings.
- Broom and mop. May seem obvious, but it is easy to forget about cleaning items. These items are essential for any kitchen; they help keep a kitchen clean.
- Measuring cups. Allow for accurate quantities of ingredients while preparing a meal. They are available in plastic, glass and stainless steel. Measuring cups are also available in a variety of shapes, such as cups, spoons, beakers and bowls.
- Meat thermometer. This is an important essential for the kitchen. Meat thermometers help with the prevention of food-borne illnesses and getting that meat cooked perfectly by not overcooking.
- Microwave. Useful features include shortcut keys for popcorn, baby food and potatoes and easy one minute and 30 second one touch keys. This is an everyday essential for the kitchen.
- Glassware. An item that allows baking and storing leftovers. Glassware for cooking is available in a wide array of sizes from large casserole dishes to small bowls. Many come with lids for storing.
- Toaster. An important part of the kitchen that makes bread taste so much better. Toasters are available in two-slice and four-slice sizes, wide slots for bagels, and a bread lift to minimize the risk of burns when taking bread out.
- Pots and pans: A great set of pots and pans is essential for any kitchen. Cast iron offers excellent heat retention. Stainless steel does not react with food, such as tomatoes and wine. Hard anodized offer even heat and a non-stick surface.
Posted on: Apr. 14, 2010