4 Essential Pieces of Kitchen Equipment

Hey there! To be honest, today I was going to post an omelette recipe, but it turns out we have no eggs. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to post about some kitchen equipment that I use really often and that I think are SUPER important.

You don’t need a ton of fancy equipment to be a good cook, but there are a few things you can buy that make a great investment. These kitchen tools are all really versatile and take care of both very simple and more complex tasks that you might have to do. I use at least one of these things every day, and more often than not I’ll use two or three. Most of them are a big part of the recipes I make.

When buying these items, it’s also important to make sure that they’re good quality. I’ve bought some dollar store can openers and garlic mincers in my time, and you can definitely tell the difference in how they preform compared to higher quality ones. While it might be a bit more expensive to get better tools, it’s DEFINITELY worth it in the long run.

So yeah! Hopefully this list is helpful to you as you build your artillery of kitchen tools:) The omelette can wait, let’s get into the post!

A Good Set of Knives

This might seem like a given, but having a good set of both plain-edged and serrated knives is ESSENTIAL in making pretty much everything! Having good quality knives, and keeping them sharp, makes everything easier. Bigger knives are great for cutting things like squash, sweet potatoes, and meats; serrated knives work well for tomatoes and bread; and the smaller knives in between cut everything else. I would say that these are your MOST important pieces of kitchen equipment.

Garlic Mincer

I love garlic, so having a good quality garlic mincer is important to me! This little gadget also saves a lot of time, because you don’t have to mince the garlic by hand. I’ve bought some cheap ones before and they didn’t work well at all, so be sure to buy a metal one!

Veggie Peeler

Veggie peelers might me the most underrated piece of equipment in your kitchen. They not only peel veggies, but they can make beautiful veggie ribbons like in my Thai Ribbon Salad. I peel sweet potato so often that this one is a necessity for me!

Blender/Food Processor

This is definitely one piece of equipment that you don’t want to cheap out on! Cheaper blenders or food processors just can’t do the things that good quality ones can. For blending tough or hard foods, you need an awesome machine! I have a Vitamix, and I use it for everything from smoothie bowls to soups and sauces to nut butters. It’s so versatile and useful in the kitchen!

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you Wednesday!

Yours Truly,

Olivia

Productive Tips for Isolation

How are you guys doing? I’m hanging in there but starting to get a bit antsy. I wasn’t too bothered by the thought of staying at home when this all started, but after a couple of weeks I’m starting to miss the routine that I had when things were normal. It’s harder than I thought to go without friends, sports, and school (which I never thought I would say). Today I thought that I’d share some tips to help you get through this period of being stuck at home, so that you can stay productive and sane. Here they are:))

Try Not to Sleep In

I know that it can be tempting to sleep in till noon every morning when there’s no school, and I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do that on occasion, because this is a good time for your body to rest up. But getting up fairly early gives you a head start on the day and will help you to feel more productive than sleeping late. You’ll be able to get a whole lot more accomplished. I’m planning to get up a around 7-7:30 once Spring Break is over, which is still way later than I get up for school, but is still early enough to start school work and stuff.

Get Dressed

This is a big one because it puts you into the right mindset for the day ahead. If you take the time in the morning to put proper clothes on, you’ll probably get more done than if you stay in your pyjamas. You can even do our hair and makeup if you want, because the more you feel like you’re actually going to school or going out somewhere will help with productivity.

Find a Project

This is probably the best tip that I can give you. Finding a project, whether it be school work, something creative or something that you’ve been wanting to do for a while gives purpose to your day. Getting excited about something that you’re doing is great because it gives you something to look forward to doing each day. Here’s a list of things that you can work on:

  • Reading a book (one of my faves;))
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Painting
  • Learning something (you can literally learn about anything online through YouTube or articles)
  • Languages (I’m using an app called DuoLingo to learn a couple extra languages, and practice French for school)
  • Practice sports (It can be hard to do this in your house, but there are lots of sports skills that can be practiced in tight quarters. If you definitely can’t practice anything, watch some YouTube videos on how to become a better player)
  • Organize or clean out your room (this sounds sucky but I did it the other day and it felt SOOO good to get rid of all the junk in there)
  • Do a big puzzle

These are just a few ideas but there are TONS more things that can keep you busy during this time.

Go Outside

Getting some fresh air is great for your mental health allows you to feel less trapped. No one wants to stay inside their house all day every day. I like to take my dog for walks, but going sledding or building snowmen or just sitting outside somewhere are all great options.

Stay Active

Staying active is important to get those endorphins flowing! It also makes you feel great:))) You can do a workout, some yoga, have a dance party, or go for a walk or run.

I really hope these tips help you out! We’ll all get through this together;)) Stay safe everyone;)

Yours Truly,

MyDayIsBooked;))