The Home Chef Kitchen Diaries
My Top Must-Have Kitchen Tools
1.Cutting Board: You need a large cutting board to work with that is comfortable, its a good idea to have two, one for your meats and the other for your veggies.
2. Knives: You need a chef's knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife. I try and get good quality knives that will last long. Hold the knife in your hand and see how it feels before buying and please do not take your good knife to local bicycle knife sharpeners, it will be destroyed in seconds. Also do spend so much, some knives cost over $200 ( just crazy )
3. Pans: Try and get at least 3 pans in different sizes so that you can make a complete meal like Sauce, Rice and a Vegetable. You don't need to have too many pots and Pans. If you are into making your own stock then a stock pot is neccesary.
4. Measuring spoons, Cups and Mixing Bowls: It can be frustrating trying to follow a recipe which tells you "add 3/4 cup and whisk in a small bowl" when you have none of these. Try to get nesting bowls because they don't take up much space in your cupboard.
5. A Non-Stick Frying Pan: Get yourself a good quality non-stick frying pan. Especially for making an omelete.
6. Ballon Whisk: You can get diffrent sizes but make sure you feel comfortable when handling it.
7. Wood Spoons: They are inexpensive and come in very handy, especially when cooking with non-stick pans because they won’t scratch.
8. Graters, Peller and Mandoline: A must have in you kitchen, if you can get all the 3 get yourself a good 4 sided grader. You can use it for cheese, cabbages, carrots, lemon(rind) and garlic.
9. Slotted Spoons and Tongs: You cannot fry/deep fry with out these.
10. Blender, Food Processor, Pestle & Mortar: For food prep, making pesto's, crushing and griding. If you can get a spice grider please get one. There's nothing better than making your own black pepper.
11. Rolling Pin: There are so many types availble. Get one you fancy, you can't go wrong here. Unless you are not into making chapati's and pastry.
12. Food and Oil Thermometer: This is not a must have at all. but I am one of those guys who likes my oil at the right temp before deep frying.
13. Dutch Oven: If you can please please x 10 get your self a ducth oven. This thing can cook just about anything. From stove top to Oven. Game lugogo used to bring these but I don't know where to find them in Kampala now. I highly recommend a cast iron enamel Dutch oven. Enameled cast iron is heavy, heats evenly and stays hot. Its surface allows browning but is virtually non-stick.
14. Sharpener, Kitchen Scale, Kitchen Shears, Potato Masher: These you can miss out. But for as for me, I need the sharpest knife I can use and to keep my knife sharp I had to get a good sharpener . As for the Kitchen scale and Shears they simplify my prep work when I am cooking. The Potato masher with a curved head allows you to get into corners of bowls and pots and it simply makes quick mashed potatoes.
15. Oven Mints: Well my hands are precious. you wouldn't want to burn those nice hands if you are to cook the next day :-)
Hope this helps you my fine friend to get an idea of what to buy for your new kitchen and by all means you do not have to have all of these, there are so may tools out there to make your cooking experience easier and fun. So fell free to share your thoughts by commenting below.
The Home Cook.