Cooking is a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but one that can quickly become stressful when a kitchen is lacking the essential tools and equipment. At C.A. Paradis/Chef’s Paradise, a retailer of commercial restaurant equipment in Ottawa, they know how frustrating it can be when tools breakdown in the middle of prepping a meal. To help avoid this, here are the top three kitchen essentials every home chef should invest in:
A Good Set of Knives
Kitchen knives are one place a home chef shouldn’t pinch pennies on. Higher-quality knives hold their edge much better than cheaper options, reducing the need to have them sharpened as often. A good set of knives will include:
A well rounded set of high-quality knives can take the place of many kitchen tools and appliances.
A Large Cast Iron Skillet
Beautifully golden roasts are easy with a heavy bottomed range-to-oven cast iron skillet. A cast iron skillet allows you to perfectly sear meats before slow roasting in the oven, without having to dirty extra dishes or risk transferring the roast to another pan. Cast iron skillets work well for nearly all dishes that require stovetop prep followed by oven cooking. Cast iron skillets provide consistent heat for optimal cooking. Not only do cast iron skillets provide exceptional performance, but they also add an element of visual style to single pan meals.
A Large Stockpot
So many meals can be enhanced with homemade broths, stocks, soups, and sauces. Every kitchen should have a good stockpot to help create these flavorful additions. Stockpots are not limited to savory dishes either, fudges and candies cook well in a heavy bottomed pot. The additional room allows for easy mixing of large batches. Brining and marinating larger cuts of meats can also be done in a large stockpot.
Having a well stocked kitchen full of all sorts of fun and innovative equipment can make cooking meals into an adventure. Ensuing that your kitchen has the high-quality basics, such as a good set of knives, can prevent potential frustrations that can turn a cooking adventure into a frustrating experience.
To learn more about the kitchen essentials all home chefs should have, please contact the experts at C.A. Paradis/Chef’s Paradise today! For over 94 years, they have proudly provided high quality commercial restaurant equipment in Ottawa for home chefs.