I spotted a few vlogs/podcasts in this theme and being of a
There were some that I wouldn't ever consider buying, why a rice cooker? what is wrong with a saucepan? I do not have room for a single function bit of kit, everything that I have has to work to keep its place.
My maslin pan is not just for preserves and chutneys, it hold a large ham or, with a rack, a decent size whole fish. I can also cook a huge amount of soup/stew for freezing.
I have a very heavy rolling pin, without those annoying round "handle things" on the ends, it bashes out steaks, pork and chicken for schnitzel and escallops. Breaks up biscuits for cheesecake bases and oven dried bread for crumbs.
I do have an item that is single use.
Another lie, I have 2
Oh Lord, now that I think about it there are several.
1, My egg pan, omelettes and scrambled eggs only. I poach and fry in a multi use frypan.
2, This is a group of utensils, pots, pans and dishes that only get used for vegan recipes.
3, Chopping boards, colour coded plus a round wood board for cooked meat and a square wood one for fruit. (who wants apple that has been chopped on the board after onion or garlic)
4, The kettle. Water only.
5, The toaster, bread and bagels.
Back to my favourites, I will have to group some things together.
1. My knives, and the steel to keep them razor sharp.
2. The chopping boards, used every day.
3. Stainless steel pots and pans, many but all used regularly.
4. My wok, a recent purchase but again used very frequently.
5. The contents of my "things" pot. wooden and silicon spoons, spatulas, lifters and turners. You know what I mean. I have to cheat and add my rolling pin to the group.
Yes I have, and use, slow cooker, air fryer, combi oven etc.
All of these I could live without, although my combi oven is used more than the big one. I would miss my breadmaker but could make it all by hand, it would just mean freezing more and freezer space is precious.
I have not put the kettle on my list, if anyone tried to take it away they would end up in the compost bin!
As you may have gathered I am partial to a brew, on a regular basis.
What about you, any exotic bits of kit out there?
Back in the day a Tagine and a Couscoussier had pride of place in my kitchen. Both were hauled back from a North African holiday, when it was safe to go there. I used them to death and after they had expired I never got round to replacing them. Now there is no room so I use what I have.
My "cheat" list is done, but I have been looking at Instant Pots. I saw one in use on a recent visit and am trying to decide whether it would be worth the space. would it replace my slow cooker? what about the air fryer? If I fork out for any bit of kit my 1 in and 2 out rule has to be viable.
Who out there has one? is it worth it? does it really replace up to 5 small kitchen gadgets?
I don't have 5 to jettison, just the slow cooker and air fryer and I am thinking of getting rid of the latter as I do not use it a great deal.
Let me know what you have and use. I did see the Pressure King Pro being used, a cheaper option but does it do enough?
All that thinking has left me in need of a brew, using my well loved kettle.
(I have a spare, just in case)