Equipment you need to start cooking at home

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An increasing number of us are starting to realise that it’ll do our stomachs (not to mention our wallets) a lot of good to stop eating out so much. Whilst cooking isn’t something all of us are innately drawn to, it is something that can quickly turn from a chore into a passion given the right mindset and, of course, the right tools.

So, if you’ve recently decided to double down on your home cooking skills in order to have more control over your calorific intake and attempt to discover a rewarding new hobby, we’ve collected together a basic list of catering equipment that you’ll need to get cracking today.

Chopping board – The most basic of all basics, unless you want to be destroying your kitchen countertops every time you need to chop a carrot then this is pretty much the bare essential. Whether you opt for a plastic or wooden board, or a more ornate stone or marble number will depend on your tastes and how much you’re willing to spend.

Saucepans – The name might fool you into thinking saucepans can and should only be used to cook sauces, but they are surprisingly flexible and can be used to cook  everything from rice and pasta to stews and other more elaborate one-pot meals.

Mixing bowls – Another fundamental item that can be utilised in a number of ways, you should always have at least 3 or 4 mixing bowls in your home kitchen. Besides mixing, they can be used to toss salads, marinate meat and can even be used as large serving bowls (they are great for popcorn).

Roasting pan – A great multi-taster that represents the perfect vessel for a roast dinner but can also be used to host casseroles and more one-post dishes like lasagnes and shepherds pies.

Colander – If you’re going to be making salads (and we sincerely hope you are) then a colander is an absolute must. Best of all, it doesn’t only need to be used for washing your greens. It can also strain pasta and be used as a receptacle for potato mashing too!

Utensils – Finally, the big one. From measuring cups and kitchen knives, to wooden spoons, serving spoons, soup ladles and tongs – the kitchen utensils you decide to use in your kitchen will depend very much on the food you plan to cook in it. So, keep your options open and don’t neglect the less common items (your peelers, your can openers and your graters) as you don’t know when they might come in handy!

With the basic tools to hand and a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips (YouTube is an exceptional resource for cooking tips), you should be cooking restaurant-quality food at home in no time at all!

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