One of my favorite posts to write every week is my weekly recipe post–I love discovering new things to cook and I love to dig out old classics, too. With that being said, cooking is far more enjoyable when you have everything you need, instead of trying to make do with a pan that won’t quite work, or only one knife for chopping, slicing, and dicing. Below are my five top kitchen essentials and why you need them.
A Dutch oven
This was my first big kitchen splurge and it was well worth it! A Dutch oven can be used for so many things–soups, stews, sauces, casseroles, bread–and can be used on the stove or in the oven. The lid is also handy for keeping your meal for the next day. I love how evenly these heat and how well they cook.
A good cast iron frying pan
I actually have this in two sizes–both gifts from my wonderful mother-in-law! This frying pan is life-changing and we use it all the time. It’s perfect for everything from eggs to sauces to asparagus. It can go in the oven or on the stove, and the additional helpful handle makes it so easy to pour the contents of the pan onto a plate or into a bowl. Bonus–it doesn’t require any additional seasoning AND it’s dishwasher safe!
A set of knives
I love this post about essential kitchen knives. I’ve definitely found it to be true! Get the best quality knives you can afford, and keep them sharpened. If you don’t know how to sharpen your knives, local barber shops will often sharpen them for a low cost!
A food processor and blender
I bought a cheap food processor/blender combination last year and didn’t know how I lived without it for so long! Both aspects make food preparation so easy, and I could whip up delicious recipes–this gazpacho, this salsa–so quickly.
A good cutting board
A nice wooden cutting board can be used for so many things–not only for preparing food but also for serving it! I love this one–it is practical but also would make a lovely presentation.
Photo via Food and Wine.