A range of tea towels is essential in the kitchen. They are useful for cleaning up, and come in a range of colours and styles so are a quick way of changing the look of your kitchen. Although they can also be used to take hot dishes out of the oven, it is better to have a proper pair of oven gloves that will give you extra protection from burns. Protecting your clothes with an apron is also important, so even though making some mess is inevitable when experimenting in the kitchen, it doesn't mean your clothes have get messy too.
No kitchen would be functional without a set of a few basics. A knife set will have a range of knives so you can perform any culinary action, and impress all with your knife skills. What will you finely slice those onions on? Chopping boards will protect your worktops and many come in a range of colours so there will be no risk of cross contamination. With the ingredients prepped, it’s time to cook. Good quality saucepans are essential. Whether non-stick, or aluminium, they come in a range of sizes from egg poachers to stock pots.
Essentials done – time for the kitchen gadgets that make experimenting easy and fun. Like to prepare ahead of time with your meals? A slow cooker can be a busy person’s best friend and gently cook your meal while you are out at work. If it is speed you are after, a pressure cooker will cut down your cooking time and get dinner on the table quickly, plus they are great for cheaper cuts of meat and lentils, so can save you money too. Many steamers, with their different tiers can cook several things at one, and are great for the health conscious.