My Every day kitchen Essentials

It can feel overwhelming knowing what kitchen equipment to buy and which ones you will actually use. For me it has been about quality over quantity and building them up slowly. The following list are things that I use almost everyday and allows me to follow/ create any recipe.

Blenders / Mixers

1. NutriBullet 8 piece 600 Series Juicer Blender, White

This is something that I use on a daily basis. It is great for making smoothies, dressings, pesto, pancake mix, grinding nuts and seed. It is easy to clean, and I have had mine for about 5 years and still works perfectly. 

2.Russell Hobbs Food Processor

These are great for making anything that requires a more powerful motor, such as hummus, nut butters, and energy balls. I also use this when baking, so for example if I am making seeded bread or banana cake, I will throw everything into the processor and it saves me washing up and time.

**I would say out of the two, I use my blender more than my food processor but I don’t think I could live without a food processor.

3. Russell Hobbs Food Collection Hand blender

Hand blenders are fantastic for blending soups or homemade pasta sauces while the ingredients are still hot. These are a great cheaper option.

4. Hand held milk Frother
This is a great cheaper option to a milk frother. I just heat my milk in a saucepan and whisk using this handheld whisk. You end up with delicious frothy milk ready to pour into your coffee. I use every morning.

Cookware

1. Le Crueset cast Iron casserole dish

These are fantastic for slow cooking stews and curries. You can use them on the hob, or pop in the oven on low.

2.Cast Iron skillet 

Cast Iron skillets can be a little pricey, but are definitely worth it. They have a long life span, are chemical free and can be used on the hob or in the oven. To look after your iron skillet you need to keep them well oiled. I tend to brush with coconut oil before and after using it. Note: you 

3. John Lewis Stainless Steal Measuring Cups

I always use measuring cups apposed to weight scales. Scales can give you a more accurate amount of ingredients, but as I often adapt recipes, I find cups more convenient.

4. Morphy Richards 3 tier steamer

I love using my steamer to part cook vegetables before roasting. I find that this really lets them get soft and then I can pop them in a hot oven to crisp up. I often steam sweet potato ready to make gnocchi, pizza or throw into smoothies.

Storage

1. Stasher Silicon reusable bags/ bees wax wraps

I love using both of these as alternatives to cling film and sandwich bags. They keep food fresh and help to reduce disposable plastics. Stasher bags are great to take sandwiches or wraps to work or school and bees wax wraps keep cakes, biscuits and leftover food fresh. I just wash, let dry and reuse the next day.

I have included the brands that I have, but I am sure you could shop around and find different ones. Feel free to ask me any questions. 

Love H x