Once you’ve moved into the kitchen of your dreams, it’s time to start accessorizing! Kitchen appliances accessories are a fun and easy way to bring your personality into the kitchen while also being practical. Having the necessary tools to make that next delicious meal is an absolute must not only because it makes your life easier to have everything you need, but it also helps to make the food taste better and to be cooked more efficiently. Most accessories nowadays also allow for you to interject some personality into your kitchen by way of cat-shaped saltshakers or flower-shaped egg beaters. Don’t be afraid to have fun with your accessories. They’re a great way to spice up your kitchen (pun intended)! Here are some of the top must-haves for any kitchen:
High Quality Chef’s Knife
There is a reason that those butcher block knife sets are so expensive – they’re worth it! If you haven’t been using a proper chef’s knife when cooking, you don’t know what you’re missing. Switching to a high-quality knife makes a night and day difference in your cooking. These knives are so much sharper and heavier making cutting and chopping infinitely easier. Yes, it’s a big investment, but a high quality knife is going to last for years, especially if you care for it and continue to sharpen the blade. It’s well worth the extra cost.
There are a variety of different types of cutting boards to suit your needs. Everything from plastic to silicone to wood. Each has their own pluses and minus, and if you want to go really crazy with it, you can get all three types! Plastic cutting boards are good for every day chopping as they’re durable and easy to clean. Silicone boards are great for cutting large amounts of finely chopped herbs or vegetables since you can fold the board in half once you’re done and pour the contents right into the bowl. Wooden cutting boards are the most expensive, but they also look the nicest and last the longest. They can also double as a serving board for cheese and crackers or other vegetables during a dinner party.
Copper Grill Mat
Non-stick copper grill mats are a great accessory even if you aren’t grilling because they can be used in the oven as well! For those that gave a grill, copper grill mats make barbecuing so much easier! They stop meat from falling through the cracks in the grates, stop grease from falling into the flames and causing flare-ups, and they distribute the heat evenly cooking each item on the mat at the same speed. The same uses apply when using the mats in a conventional oven as well. You can basically turn your oven into a grill with the power of these grill mats. Or you can use the mats on a baking tray as a nonstick surface when making cookies, grilling veggies, making pizza – you name it! There’s really no downside to using these mats since they’re so multi-functional.
Measuring Cups, Spoons, and Bowls
Essential items for any kitchen. Having all three is the best solution, especially if you are an avid cooker or baker. While it might not seem like these are anything special, well designed measuring utensils can actually make a big difference in your kitchen, especially when it comes to storage. Having stackable cups, spoons, and revol bowls will save you a lot of cabinet space and will avoid frustration of not being able to find that one specific piece of equipment. Measuring cups and spoons are a necessity for precisely measuring liquids or other cooking ingredients. They both come in a variety of different materials, including stainless steel utensil rack if you want to get fancy about it. Measuring bowls can also double as mixing bowls, which makes baking and mixing together spices, sauces, or even salads much easier when you know just how much of each ingredient is in the bowl.