I often get asked what my favourite equipment is to get things done speedily and easily in the kitchen, and I never have time to write it down. But now the book is at the printers (so excited!) I finally sat down and made a list of the things I absolutely can’t do without.
Some are investment pieces we got as wedding presents, or saved up for, and some are just needed right away!
I promise you all of these things are a massive help to making you love cooking, do it easily and and fast and keep you coming back!
Drinks on Tap
This machine has been a complete game changer. Turning tap water – let’s face it a little dull for kids and us alike – into a sparkling bottle with all sorts of potential. Sugar and junk free sparkling drinks plus cocktails for later.
Kids drink more by miles, and zero plastic bottles filling up the ocean needlessly. I’ve already saved money by having this instead of buying bottles.
I’ve created some recipes for you on here too:
My Magimix is not as shiny and new as this but I have had it for 10 years, and I use it a LOT.
For cutting, pureeing, slicing, grating and whizzing, it saves makes of time and does a million jobs in seconds.
The Magical Smoothie Machine
My Vitamix is my lifeblood! I use it about 4 times a day. Have had it for 14 years and it shows NO signs of running out of steam yet.
If you’re looking for value per use, this is your man.
I make so many things with it and nothing else has the same power to blitz through ANYTHING I put in it.
From Instant Ice-cream, to daily smoothies, humous, sauces, soups and so much more. It’s worth putting this on your list as soon as you can because you will never regret this buy.
But if you want something small and neat that you can pack and take on holiday, the beautiful NutriBullet is amazing.
Again, an investment piece but once you get a good one you’ll use it more and you’ll never need to replace it.
And if you just need oranges dealt with:
Pots and Pans
My mum’s stoneware pots bubbling away when I was young made me always want them, and there is a massive difference in a slow-bubbled pot from this amazing material, than a thin, metal saucepan. Heat distribution, non-sticking and no metallic leeching into your food are all my reasons for going with these beauties.
Risotto pans are wider so you can get all that lovely liquid absorbed into the rice more easily. This pan will make the stirring and tipping seem way less of a chore.
A griddle pan is a must and you really need a cast iron one when raising the heat this high so you don’t get any of the toxicity and you benefit from added iron in your food!
And one that you can stick in the oven too:
Copper is the best heat conductor around, and by far the prettiest pan on show. If you can have one little pan or two make it these:
And then you absolutely need one of these to stop all that fat spraying everywhere and burning everyone nearby:
Soggy veg be gone. With this nifty number you can stick it on top of any pasta, rice or bubbling pot and gently steam your vegetables keeping those vitamins and goodies in where they belong.
Best and cutest heart shaped waffle iron that you can use on the stove top. No electrics or wires to faff with.
If you’re embarking on the time consuming process of weaning baby with your delicious homemade goodies, then look no further than this brilliant machine that steams, chops, defrosts and reheats all in one!
Headache over I promise:
The most key thing you can have if you are roasting anything. This baster will make sure any chicken is succulent and all potatoes are crisp.
Again, the stoneware wins for me if I’m baking crumble or pies:
If you’re making a beautiful cake then you must have a stand for it to be admired for days in its full glory. Sponge shouldn’t be put in the fridge either so this is the best solution that’s not tupperware!
Never get a muffin sticking disaster again by using these silicone beauties, they all pop straight out.
Measuring in Cups makes for a way easier scoop and dump than weighing everything out and worrying. So I always have tons of these on hand:
I am guilty of having a huge cupboard of largely useless tupperware, always in fear of having to take food on the go, freeze leftovers or cart dishes around. But I discovered this super smart label recently and their genius dating dial on the lid means you can easily see how long everything has been around for. No more guessing or leaky biro rubbing off.
Plus they have teeny tiny sizes so you can freeze weaning food.
If I don’t have decent knives, I can’t really face doing any cooking at all, so I often take mine with me just in case. I have lots and lots now, amassed over the years, and these are some of my favourites at all price points.
They are all sharp, easy to hold and good at their job!
I like Sabatiers sets and all the Khun ones, as well as ceramic knives.
This changed the game in getting my kids involved in prep and eating a TON more vegetables. I thought it was a gimmick I’d never use, but it’s a regular now for sure:
And whilst you’re getting them in the mood for vegetables, this is a great stocking filler or fun pressie to get the kids excited about vegetables as they see them all growing in front of their eyes.
Grating, peeling and zesting
If you have a Magimix try and make that do the work, but when you need a quick grab and grate, this is the most effective and the easiest by FAR:
And a box grater is always useful:
If you spend a lot of time peeling in the sink, you’ll need an easy gliding tool that makes you sing a long whilst you work!
Get all the flavour out of your lemons and oranges and limes without injuries!
If you spend a lot of time chopping apples for snacks and lunch boxes etc, this is your new BEST FRIEND. One push and a beautifully sliced apple falls away.
I think I may have been asked about this on Snapchat more than anything else. This is a brilliant piece of kit to turn garlic cloves, ginger pieces and more into mince in a couple of twists.
And the books I have my eye on or have been loving right now:
Really nice kids Cookbooks with loads of veg and tasty ideas – including a fabulous looking BRAND NEW one that came out in March!
A hand-picked flick through old favourites and new kids on the block, I have all of these and love them:
And if you’re lacking smoothie inspiration this is a beauty: