You only need basic kitchen essentials to prepare a complete meal. If you watch a lot of cooking show and reality cooking competitions, don’t feel intimidated by their professional kitchens. The design and things you see in the set is over the top. They were put there to make the kitchen look busy. It’s just the producers filling up the empty corners to set the stage right. Don’t feel too bad because the number of pots and pans in those shows are ridiculous. For commercial cooking, it’s justified to have so many things in the kitchen but for simple home cooking, don’t fret. Home cooking can be done with basic kitchen utensils and accessories.
If you are new to cooking, you won’t find any need for a professional chef’s knife set, a dozen cookie pans and a pizza stone. All those can come later. In any cooking class, they begin with the basic. First thing you will learn is how to prepare your ingredients. This will include cleaning and washing of vegetables, cutting and slicing meat in the proper way and organizing ingredients. You would notice that before chefs begin cooking, they have all the ingredients ready at hand. Vegetables are chopped and the meat is seasoned already. Everything is prepared before the stove is turned on to avoid over cooking of the ingredients.
When you consider the cooking process, it is actually the preparation that takes up most of the time. So when learning to cook, the first few essentials you need to have in the kitchen would include utensils that can chop, peel, wash and drain ingredients.
Basic kitchen essentials to prepare your ingredients
For cooking meals, the most basic item you should have is a knife. This will be used in cutting, peeling and chopping your ingredients. Partnered with the knife, you should have a cutting board to avoid damaging your kitchen counter and prolong the sharpness of your knife. A colander to drain out excess water is also a must but if you’re resourceful, you can do away without it.
If you will be baking, it is essential to have measuring cups and spoons. Baking needs a lot of precision when it comes to the amount of flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar and others.
The next thing you will have to consider is to have a cooking medium. You will need a pot or pan. It really depends on what you are cooking. For a dish that will have soup, you will need a deep pot but, if you’re stir frying, a pan can do.
Cooking doesn’t need a rocket science degree. You only need to have heart and creativity with a set of working taste buds. When it comes to cooking, there’s no absolute rule about the amount of salt or vinegar you put. Even with a recipe to follow, you can always deviate and change and add a few extra ingredients. In the end, it all comes down to what your palate dictates and this can be accomplished with only your basic kitchen essentials.