A handy countertop knife block means you’ll always be equipped for the job at hand. These knife sets usually consist of a chef and kitchen knife. Use the sharp carving knife to serve up the roast chicken or the serrated blade of a bread knife for slicing fresh bread for a tea-time sandwich. Prep your fruit and vegetables with a paring knife, making cooking for the family that much quicker (meaning longer lazy Sunday lunches). Maintain your knives by sharpening them regularly, and they will quickly become your most trusted item in the kitchen.
Now the knives are sharpened, it’s time to cook. A good set of pans are essential and here you will find a range for all types of cookers. Pots and pans are also important cookware, and our range of versatile saucepans includes non-stick and stainless steel varieties with sizes from milk pans to large saucepans and suitable for all hob types including induction. Our cookware buying guide has a wealth of information on which pan to pick. Colanders will come in handy too, and to speed up dinner, invest in a pressure cooker that will cut down cooking time. If it is baking you are keen on, many recipes, especially need careful measuring so get out those kitchen scales and baking trays that can also be used to roast vegetables. If you enjoy savoury baking then quiche tins and pizza trays will help you rustle up great good and cut down on take-aways.
If your kitchen has even a bit of extra space, a kitchen table will turn it into a social space. It can also be handy as an extra worktop, or somewhere the kids can do their homework while you are whipping them up a quick snack. When it is time to grab something from the wine rack, gather your friends and family around, and get the wine glasses out. Use placemats to dress the table and protect the surface, gather everyone around and indulge in the feast.