There is little I find more relaxing, exciting and inspiring than a couple of hours spent in the kitchen. I love experimenting with new flavours and ingredients, conjuring up ideas for my next blog post, and I could quite happily spend all my days surrounded by pots and pans, only stopping to eat/photograph my latest creation.
Despite my love of preparing food, I will admit that I’m absolutely more than willing to take a few shortcuts here and there. Nothing that’ll impair the taste or nourishment of a dish, but I can appreciate any tool or trick that’ll make my life easier and/or spare a bit of time. Here are my top 4 time-saving kitchen essentials.
1. Measuring cups/spoons I don’t know how I managed before I bought these! So many recipes I come across and want to try out/adapt are measured in cups, tablespoons or teaspoons, and it’s a pain (complete and utter headache) having to convert these measurements into grams according to each ingredient. Investing in a set of measuring cups and spoons will make recipes using those measurements a total breeze, removing the need to faff around with converting and weighing ingredients.
2. Herb scissors If you’re not familiar, herb scissors are just like regular scissors but with multiple blades. They make the fiddly job of chopping herbs so much faster, let alone easier! Lakeland have a pair very similar to mine for just under £8.
3. A tea timer Not quite a cooking essential, but one that has come to form an integral part of my daily routine. I used to be a ‘pour in the hot water, squeeze the teabag against the side of the mug for a few seconds and move on’ kind of tea drinker, too impatient to let the bag naturally do its work. I won’t lie, there is the odd day where I’ll revert back to this habit, but on the most part I’ll now set my JING tea timer to count down the three minutes needed for the teabag to infuse the water with flavour; I get a moment to stop and relax, and my cuppa is perfectly brewed each and every time.
4. A spiralizer Yep, I gave in to this cult tool. Mainly because I wanted to make my banging recipe for avocado spaghetti even healthier. Simply pop the veg into the spiralizer, turn the handle and soon you’ll have a curly mass of spaghetti-like veggie strands. Squashes, courgettes, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, beetroots and so many more can all be transformed within seconds.