So this is going to be a nice little list post of what The Kitchen Guy (me), thinks are some of the most useful kitchen appliances to have on hand in your kitchen.
Notice that I use the term “Useful”. I did this on purpose because I think that sometimes the simplest things derive the greatest usefulness.
That is to say that some overlooked kitchen tools are actually more useful for us than some super crazy complicated device that can both mash potatoes and but a chicken at the same time, (NOTE: This does not exist as far as The Kitchen Guy is aware!).
So without further ado:
What Are The Most Useful Kitchen Appliances?
High Quality Kitchen Knife Set
Really this could only be number 1 right!
From slicing to dicing; a quality set of kitchen knives is going to make your life easier and your cooking better as a result of making finer, more uniform cuts – essential to create a beautiful looking dish, but more importantly; to make your ingredients cook in a more even fashion.
The basics you should look out for when thinking about getting yourself a set should include:
- Forged or Stamped
- What comes in the set
The Kitchen Guy has already reviewed 5 of the best affordable set of kitchen knives, that you should have a look at afterwards 🙂
As for the last one, the main knives you need to make sure come with your set include:
- Chef’s Knife – The most important knife in your kitchen, well they don’t call the chef’s knife for nothing! Truly versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks. You will need to aim for an 8 – 10 inch blade with the 10 inch being the preferred among many pros. You will be using this knife for 90% of your kitchen tasks; so make sure to get a good one and make sure to look after it.
- Paring Knife – If the chef’s knife is known as the slicer & dicier; then the pairing knife is the slicer & mincer. OK not as cool sounding, but just underneath the chef’s knife in terms of importance. You will be using this for smaller ingredients that are too fiddly for a 10 inch blade, as well as food that requires a higher attention to detail.
- Serrated Knife – The knife that I see all too often being used in the wrong way, i.e. chopping instead of slicing. If you are guilty of this, hang your head in shame 😉 This type of knife is used in a sawing motion for foods that are not suited to a chef’s knife such as:
- Ingredients with waxy surface; tomatoes, bell peppers, citrus fruits etc
- Boning Knife – Used to cut flesh away from bones. Shaped as it is in order to maneuver around tricky bones such as ribs and legs; the extra flex and thinness of the blade makes your life easier. NOT to be used to cut through bones; it is way too delicate and you will ruin it
- Honing Steel – Looking after your knife set involves more that just hand washing them and storing them away. You need to keep the edges sharp and strong for slicing in an efficient manner. Easily as important as the chef’s knife is in the kitchen, your honing steel will become your most used, single piece when using your knives as you will use it on all of your knives, (apart from the serrated knife)
There are many times when I have thought to myself, “Why am I chopping this salad up like a chump”!
Why not just thrown everything in the blender and be done with it?
Well I like to think that I am completely honest with you guys because, well just because I want to provide you with great, honest information.
I know that there are time when I have guests coming around, or I have some screaming kids that need their noise holes filled quickly, but healthily. So what is the solution to this…a blender!
They are actually useful for a whole raft of other things such as making soup and the like, but for me I just really enjoy their ease of use and quickness.
In fact, top chef Jamie Oliver uses a blender in many of his quick 15 minute recipes for the only reason that they are quick and produce even results, every time.
Does it make you any less a cook for using a blender? Well if you have to ask that question then we will probably never be friends anyway, but I will answer by saying absolutely not.
They are useful and can be used in a number of ways to create great tasting food – the main reason for cooking!
All hail the mighty whisk – friend of chefs everywhere and enemy to all washer uppers around the world!
A seriously useful kitchen appliance that you will use time and time again to create sumptuously, deliciously light food.
You will want to look for a whisk that has thin wires to get a better whisk.
A day to learn how to use but a lifetime to master; whisking is one of the essential cooking tasks that you really need to understand how to do properly in order to get great food, from pastries to quiches.
In fact you can find a really great whisking resource by checking out the link.
Alternatively, you can have a look at this video below which will give you a nice overview. The Kitchen Guy may make videos soon, but I want to keep my identity a secret for…
Nothing beats a good bangers & mash, (I’m from England btw), or even mash potatoes and baked beans with cheese on top.
OK OK, so pretty much lots of things beat that, but each to their own, eh!
The potato masher is really quite important tool to have in most kitchens, regardless of whether you will be cooking elegant English cuisine or not.
Although it is called a potato masher, you can really use this to mash up all kinds of things including all soft, boiled veggies.
Handy tip: A curved head will help you to get into the corners of bowls & pots so that you get a lovely even mash.
I want to be clear, there are 2 types of spatula you should have in your kitchen:
- Metal or Plastic spatula – to flip food in a pan or being fried. In The Kitchen Guy’s Ultimate Guide To The Best Induction Cookware, I recommend that you try to use plastic where possible. I am aware that many purists prefer metal, but if you are a normal person that doesn’t have money to trow around, plastic is cheaper & kinder to your pots and pans.
- Rubber spatula – for when you are mixing and folding dough’s. You will need a sturdy type that can resit thick dough and you may want to consider silicon rubber for its heat resistant properties…unless you like the taste of melted plastic that is!
For the sake of brevity, I will give you a quick rundown of some other tools that I find useful in my kitchen and some that I think you will too.
The tool that I have already listed are what I consider to be the most useful; but the others here are still items that you should really make sure to have ready to use.
- Slotted Spoon – Get a nice stainless steel one and you will be using it for lots of things
- Garlic Press – Garlic is one of those ingredients that adds so much to a meal, that it needs to have its own special tool to get out all of its flavoring. Of course you can really use a garlic press for other things, but ultimately garlic is what you will be using it for!
- Grater – Now that you can buy pre-grated cheese in a supermarket, yo umay be wondering what use you will have for this outdated tool. Well to you I say stop being silly and grate your own darn cheese. Also, a grater is so much more than just cheese. For example you can get a box grater which is the most versatile with different grate options to:
- Can Opener – To open cans with. No matter how much you like to think that you are the nest Gordon Ramsey, there are going to be times when you will use ingredients that have been stored in a can
- Thermometer – Some foods require a delicate touch and slow, steady heating. Other foods just need to be checked so you don’t get a nasty stomach bug. Either way, a thermometer is a useful tool to have handy
- Timer – If you watch any professional cooking show – which I assure you are addicted to like me – then you will notice that the chef’s usually have an array of digital timers to keep track of the different parts of a meal being cooked. Whilst you may not ever get to that level, or just cook for fun like me, a timer can be very useful to make sure you don’t over or under cook something.
Summing It All Up
So there you have it, you asked me What Are The Most Useful Kitchen Appliances and I gave you 10 that I use on a daily basis.
I hope that you found this useful and if so, why not give me a friendly hello in the comments below. If you also think that I missed something out, then also use the comments and we can have a chat 🙂