Now as this website is all about saving money & budgeting, I wouldn’t dream of telling you to rush out to your nearest kitchen shop & spend those precious pounds & pennies on expensive kit! However there are some basic bits & bobs that, if your budget allows, will make life in the kitchen a bit easier. You may well have some of these items already but take a look & see if you’re missing anything!
Large Frying Pan: A decent one will cost about £20 but worth every penny as it will get plenty of use!
Box Grater: Not just for cheese! Use it to grate veg for salads, or even try making your own coleslaw!
Measuring Jug: The sturdy glass ones are best in my opinion.
Digital Scales: The flat ones without a bowl are great as they are so easy to store!
Vegetable Peeler: Not just for spuds!
Kitchen Scissors: A multitued of uses from cutting up baking paper to snipping herbs, a really strong pair will make jointing a chicken a breeze!
Garlic Crusher: Gets the job done quickly without getting Garlic fingers!
Silicone Spatula: Whether it's soup, sauce or cake mix these get every last scrap out of the bowl.
Chef's Knife: Find one that is the right size & weight to suit you. My hands are quite small so I need a fairly small knife.
Knife Sharpener: No explanation needed really, but did you know that you are more likely to cut yourself on a blunt knife?
Tin Opener: In world of ring pull cans it's still possible to get caught out!
Colander: For straining-simples!
Measuring Spoons: From tsp to tbsp you will get your quantities right every time.
*Blender: Jug or stick it doesn't matter, you can whizz up a satisfying soup or healthy smoothie in no time!
*Mini Chopper: Really handy for whizzing up breadcrumbs for the freezer, I got mine for about £20 & it came with attatchments too.
*Electric Beaters: These take the hard work out of creaming butter & sugar together for a cake or whisking egg whites for meringues. Basic ones cost as little as £10!
*If you're short of space why not invest in one of the "kitchen machines" that are available? You can get them online from about £99-£150, mine is a food mixer with blender & food processor attatchments!