Whether you love cooking or are starting to dabble in the kitchen, it’s helpful to have a few key kitchen accessories so you’re ready to tackle any recipe. Here are our top five accessories that will set you up for culinary success in your awesome kitchen at TAVA Waters.
1. Fish Spatula
Although it may sound like an unusual kitchen must-have, a fish spatula is one of the best workhorse spatulas you will find. As you might have guessed, its original purpose was to handle delicate pieces of fish without damaging the filet. This means there’s a sharp edge that helps coax even the stickiest item off the bottom of your pan, while its wide surface area allows you to flip what you’re cooking with ease. It’s highly flexible, so you can maneuver around whatever you're cooking, and its slotted design will keep other items (and oil) where it should be – in the pan. Think easy-to-flip pancakes and the perfect fried egg thanks to our friend, the fish spatula.
2. High-Powered Blender
Blenders aren’t just for smoothies. A high-powered blender can tackle anything from homemade hummus to your favorite soups and nut milks, making it a versatile tool for any kitchen. Make sure to look for a blender with at least a 500-watt motor, stainless-steel blades, glass body, and an easy-pour spout for maximum versatility.
3. Quality Chef’s Knife
When it comes to kitchen necessities, nothing is more important than a quality chef’s knife. Although there’s a world of other knives that your kitchen can benefit from, a chef’s knife is the standard in any commercial kitchen and after using one yourself, it’ll likely become standard in your kitchen, too. There’s no shortage of options when it comes to high-quality chef’s knives and although it can be overwhelming, the best thing to do is go to a store and actually hold one. Balance, weight, and comfortability in your hand is more important than anything else when choosing a knife. Consider yourself Harry Potter and this is your wand. Enough said.
4. Set of Stainless-Steel Mixing Bowls
Whether you’re melting chocolate and need an impromptu double boiler, making cookies, or just mixing a salad, stainless-steel bowls can handle it all. We love that they hold up to heat, are lightweight, and very durable. One of our favorites is this set of six nesting bowls, which allows you to have the right size bowl for your cooking needs at a wallet-friendly price. For those looking to max out the usability, nesting bowls with added features like tight-fitting lids allow you to get the most out of your bowls.
5. Cast-Iron Skillet
Cast-iron cookware is experiencing a moment, and there’s a reason why. The insanely durable material holds heat like a champ and distributes it evenly across the skillet’s surface, which translates into even cooking all day, every day. This is one of those items you can buy once in your life and expect to have it forever if taken care of properly. For those who don’t like doing the dishes, the good news is that cast iron doesn’t require washing every time you use it. Before diving headfirst into the no-wash life, check out how to properly take care of your cast iron. If you like a squeaky clean surface, cast iron is still an option. Just make sure it has an easy-to-clean enamel coating.
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