One of the frequent questions i get on the blog from fellow home cooks revolves around what i use in the kitchen. So, i decided to put together some of kitchen gears i use frequently and if you follow this blog, you'd notice some of the things i use on the list. Also included are links (click the names) to get a clue on how much they cost presently so i don't mis-yarn just in case you want to get any. Without further ado, here goes...
The baba of all pots needs no intro here in naija. It comes in different shapes and sizes but it has one unique thing about it which is undoubtedly... Durability. I've used several pots but so far, the only pot i can vouch for is this particular pot. Did i also mention that it doubles as a local oven too? i've used it countless times to bake and it has never disappointed unlike some other pots that made me realize that "Pots get level". The very first pot i bought for baking wore out within 3 months. When i wanted to use that same pot to cook, i ended up stuffing the worn out parts with tissue paper(i never "hespedded" it but it happened to me). Infact, that is a sorry story i'd reserve for another day.
2. Russell Hobbs Mini Chopper/Mini food processor
I wonder why they call this appliance a chopper. For crying out loud, it does a whole lot more than chopping vegetables. i've used it for simple things such as peeling beans skin for moi moi and akara, making pounded yam in a blender, grinding meat for meat pie, chopping onions and a host of other things. So you can see why i'm kinda confused.
You can also find it on konga HERE!
Recently, i got this blender as a gift and i've been busy with it from the very first day. Coincidentally around the period when i got the blender, i also got stung by the smoothies & milkshake wave so it definitely hasn't gathered dust on the kitchen shelf. What i really love about this blender is, it comes with several blending cups which also doubles as drinking cups. This means you can drink whatever you blend directly from the cup after attaching the fancy colored rim to it.
Okay this was actually the very first mixer i got when i started baking years ago and i haven't had any need to replace it because it still works perfectly fine till date. This hand mixer is useful especially in baking. It makes things a lot more easier as well as stress free plus the resulting batter or dough always ends up perfect in the end unlike when mixing with a spatula.
5. Locally made wok:
I know what you're thinking...this is soooo local. That was the same thing i thought when i first stumbled on this pan in one kororo part of balogun market and since then, i resolved not to underestimate locally made products. This pan is the most convenient item to use for deep frying anything. Instead of using non-stick pans for frying meat, fish or anything that'd end up wearing out the pan use a wok. I've also used it to cook party jollof rice as well as native jollof and it gave the exact flavors needed for the dishes. There's only one major problem with it....It has no handle attached to it which is the major flaw.
I use my glass jars for obvious basic things such as canning homemade items i.e salad dressings, tomapep puree, peanut butter & ose-oji e.t.c. But lately i now regularly use mine as a pseudo glass cup for smoothies, cocktails, mocktails and milkshakes. It's actually handy because it has got a lid. This means it's content can be carried along with you i.e in your lunch box.
This is a very essential kitchen tool which needs no introduction. Although i love the colorful plastic chopping boards, i'd go for the wooden type any day because it's all natural and it's definitely worth the investment.
From mixing food items to storing Left over food, bowls with lids are undoubtedly handy in the kitchen. it usually comes in sets of different sizes.
This probably seems like a no-brainer but it's definitely a must have for a functional kitchen. From chopping knives to large cooking spoons to whatever you can throw in between. Stainless steel utensils are durable and easy to manage.
The last but not the least on this list is the stovetop whistling kettle. This should even be my most prized possession because i can't count how many times this kettle has come to my rescue. It's counterpart (the electric kettle) can't even compete with it here in the country. One good thing i love about it is the fact that it whistles once the water within reaches its boiling point. i can't count the number of times i've put water on the cooker to boil and forgotten about it but the whistling sound helps remind me every time.
You can also find it on konga HERE!
If you're thinking of an upgrade for Number 4 above, then you should go for a Kitchen aid stand mixer. It comes with other separate attachments for it such as a pasta maker attachment, Citrus Juicer Mixer Attachment, Food Grinder Attachment, Ice cream maker attachment and a whole lot more. I've been dreaming of this ever since. I haven't seen where it's sold in naija yet but when i do i'm soooooo gerring it.
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