Common Accessories That are Required in Kitchens
Whether you’re buying your first house or just trying to revamp your kitchen (and kitchen skills), there are a few basic kitchen accessories that no home should be without. To get the most out of your kitchen you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on fancy gadgets; our selection of simple kitchen accessories will help you manage your kitchen work efficiently and keep your work space clean and tidy.
A decent, wooden chopping board is an essential accessory for home cooks of all abilities. While some people prefer plastic chopping boards, scientific studies have shown that the sanitising properties of wood mean that they will kill of germs naturally, removing the need for harsh, often toxic cleaners. Invest in a thick chopping board with safety grips on the underside to prevent slipping, or alternatively wet a kitchen towel and place it under the board before chopping.
Good quality knives
A nice set of knives are a great accompaniment to a quality chopping board. Most professional chefs will tell you that knives are their most important investment, and that spending more is worth it in the long-run. Japanese carbon fibre blades retain their sharp edge for longer, which means there is less hassle when it comes to sharpening and honing the knife.
Kitchen baskets can help to keep your kitchen tidy and allow for effective organisation. There are lots of different types of basket which will suit different kitchens, but by investing in a range of sizes you will be able to keep all of your equipment and gadgets tidied away. This is especially useful in homes with pets or small children, where keeping items out of the way is a safety consideration.
Stainless steel strainer bowl
A good quality steel strainer is a kitchen accessory which serves many uses. By placing the bowl in your sink you can safely pour hot water from pasta or boiled vegetables away, and if you want ruffled edges to your roast potatoes (which we all do!) you can use the strainer to gently shake the potatoes before adding them to hot oil in a roasting tray. By purchasing a stainless steel strainer bowl, you won’t have to worry about any rust.
Everyone who cooks will know that kitchens are messy, especially if there are lots of people using the kitchen throughout the day. By buying a disposal unit you can conveniently scrape away any peelings, offcuts and leftovers, and throw away packaging with minimal fuss.
If you enjoy baking, one of the most useful kitchen accessories you can buy is a stand mixer. Although a good quality mixer can cost hundreds of pounds, it really is worth spending a bit more money and getting a mixer with a good motor and reliable customer support. The more well-known brands such as KitchenAid offer attachments which can help to make ice cream, pasta, and even minced meat. You’ll be amazed how versatile a simply stand mixer is, and you will even keep it on your worktop because they are so useful.