My work invites me to spend time in lots of different kitchens. This weekly routine reminds me that people struggle with some kitchen basics. Now for those of you who didn't go to high school with me, I won the home economics award my senior year. Yes....can you believe it?! So this passion for cooking and preparing food has been in my soul for as long as I can remember.
The only award not given to the resident geek in training, John Darling. No offense John, you were adored and always smarter than the rest of us!
Today's post is here to support and help you get in and out of the kitchen fast. And make this business of eating well a little easier.
Today I've come up with a list of my 5 kitchen must haves for success in the kitchen and beyond.
1. Large Fruit Bowl
If you're like me, things need to be at my fingertips. I need to see what I have and it needs to be easy to grab. I use a large basket and remind myself to eat from it daily. Even going so far are rotating the fruit around, after I purchase more. It's nice to keep fruit at food temperature. Lots of clients keep everything in the fridge and it tends to get lost and/or forgotten about. Such a waste of food and your hard earned money. Keep it close by and within reach, you'll be more likely to enjoy this real food delight.
2. Stocked Pantry
After a long day you want to get in and out of the kitchen, so pantry essentials are key. These foods make for fast meals and healthy choices. Keep your pantry filled with a few of these and use them up before buying more. We've all had things linger in there too long. Start your weekly menu planning in your pantry and use what you have for a healthy week.
A few of my favs: low-sodium vegetable broth, brown rice, beans, lentils, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, oatmeal, nuts, seeds, garlic and onions
3. Organized Fridge/Freezer
We tend to just go in and out of our fridge and toss things around, not really looking to see what's in there. Managing your fridge and freezer are a really important step in taking charge of your health. Making a point to use what you have (before it goes bad) and creating healthy meals and snacks. I tend to clear out the fridge every week and either use it or toss it before I go shopping again.
4. Good Knives
Not only are a few good knives essential, but they're a heck of a lot safer. Dull or cheap knives can be danergous and make chopping and preparing so much harder then it has to be. I still remember buying my first good knife...a game changer. I recommend a good basic paring knife and a 8 or 10 inch chef's knife to start. Those two will make your time in the kitchen shorter and so much more enjoyable. To save money, I've seen some pretty decent options at Home Goods orAmazon. You don't have to go for the extra pricey knives at a speciality kitchen shop. Give yourself this gift of good kitchen equipment as part of a healthier you. You deserve it.
5. Wooden Spoons & Tongs
And lastly, my favorite kitchen tools. Good wooden spoons and tongs to flip things over and turn things in minutes. I use both of these daily and they are my must haves while I'm cooking. You can see a common theme here of 'making your job easier' by having the right tools. Just as a carpenter would have in his tool box. A good chef has to be able to get the job done right.
Wishing you all a successful week in the kitchen. Get in there and give it a go. Use what you have and eat more real food. Remembering to always reach out for help and get the whole family involved. You Tube has some wonderful (and hilarious) tutorials on just about anything. And locals....know I'm here if you need to shake up your kitchen routine.
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