Unless you love to cook, you probably don’t want to spend your spare time in the kitchen. But most of us like to eat healthy meals. So, what we need are ways to make cooking more accessible and easy. Tips that help us cook chicken that doesn’t taste like rubber. In this post, we’ll look at seven kitchen tools that helped me step up my game. They’re all common place and most are cheap. Sorry hipsters, mason jars didn’t make the cut.
1. Slow Cooker
This is by far my favourite kitchen appliance. It makes cooking tender, fall-apart meats simple. No cooking skills required. You simply add meat and flavouring of choice to the slow cooker, set it and forget it. Yes, it takes a little pre-planning to allow for cooking time. But once everything’s thrown in, you can let it work its magic. Which means you’re free to do important stuff like pondering existential questions.
You don’t need to spend a lot. I paid $25 at Canadian Tire for a Hamilton Beach and have had it for years.
Liquid meals aren’t just for babies and old folks with no teeth. I use my blender daily for smoothies and juices. Keep ingredients like protein powder, a liquid of choice, fruit, and healthy fats on hand. The possibilities are endless. And you can make a complete meal in five minutes. I also like to make juices to get veggies in at breakfast. But unless you’re weird like me, you probably don’t want to blend vegetables in the name of efficiency.
I recommend something like the Ninja Blender. If you’ve got cash to burn, you can get a high-end model like Blendtec or Vitamix.
3. Food Processor
This is one of the more expensive items on the list. You can easily get away without it. But food processors are kind of like unlocking secret levels on Super Mario Bros. You suddenly have way more options to play with. You can get all Gordon Ramsey by making batters, sauces, energy bars, sorbets, and much more.
I process nuts, dried fruit, and other ingredients into snacks that don’t require cooking. You can also use it to bulk grate or chop vegetables, and turn frozen fruit into healthy ice cream.
I use this 9-cup KitchenAid food processor.
4. Chef’s Knife
That’s not a knife! If you’re going to be making your own food, a sharp, good quality knife is a must. It’ll make prep work much easier and safer.
You can get away with one chef’s knife for all your cutting needs. But purchasing a small paring knife helps for doing detailed work like breaking down cauliflower or removing vegetable stems.
I’ve used a Victorinox knife that cost around $50 and have had it for over 10 years.
5. Steaming Basket
Steam isn’t just for ironing. Cooking vegetables in a steaming basket is easy and retains a lot of nutrients. You can get one that fits into your existing pots and folds up for easy storage. I use mine regularly to bulk cook vegetables for weekly meals. Don’t forget to set a timer, as it’s easy to overcook food.
I use this cheap stainless steel basket that fits in existing pots.
If you’re prepping meals ahead of time, you’ll need a good set of containers to store food in. You can store salad ingredients, meats, carbs, and other foods separately so they stay fresh. When you’re ready to eat, combine the ingredients and add seasoning. You’ll have meals ready to go in minutes and are much more likely to go for the healthy options if it’s on hand.
Get different sized containers. If you want to heat food up in them, I’d suggest getting glass. Something like Snapware’s Glasslock will work.
These aren’t really a kitchen tool, but I love them. They’re really versatile. They can be used to store leftovers in the freezer or make up trail mixes and chopped vegetable snacks for on the go. You can also add your favourite vegetables, olive oil, and sea salt. Shake to coat in the bag. Throw them on a baking tray and cook for perfectly seasoned roast veggies. Go for the large sized bags.
Don’t just consume information. If you’ve read this far, I’m assuming you find this post useful. You’ve now got two choices: 1) close the screen and think ‘that’s nice’ and move on with your day. Or 2) pick one new cooking tool and test drive it. If you’re lacking cooking skills, start small so you can’t fail. And as Nike says, just do it! Decision creates action. Action creates results.
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