When buying kitchen items, it’s often confusing and difficult to know which items you should be spending your money on. There are thousands of options to choose from that all claim to be of the highest quality. You could be drawn into a product that looks good but in reality isn’t sufficient or useful. Therefore wasting your time and money. So which items should you invest your money in? Here is a brilliant guide to show you which items your kitchen needs next time it’s due for an upgrade.
Chef’s Knife set
When choosing a knife set, be sensible with the size you choose. If you choose a set that is too big, it’s unlikely all of the knives will get used. Consider which ones you are likely to need on a daily basis. Bread knives are always useful as are paring knives. If you have no use for either of these, just look out for a superb quality chef’s knife.
Myer have recently introduce the ChefX range of quality kitchen knives. The range is made from premium German and Japanese stainless steel, which makes for superior performance and dishwasher-friendliness.
Proudly designed in Australia, ChefX knives are made from quality steel and are both heat tempered and ice hardened for extra strength. Each knife is individually manufactured using the highest quality materials including the finest Japanese and German quality steel, to the final hand honed and sharpened cutting edge. Covered by a Lifetime Craftsmanship Guarantee to ensure that when used as intended and cared for as advised, each knife is guaranteed against any deterioration or defects associated with the manufacturing of each knife. ChefX is exclusively available through Myer online and all Myer stores Australia wide.
The ChefX Kassel chef knife (top in image) is made from the highest quality 1.4116 German Stainless Steel with an integrated handle. The Kassel Chefs Knife is a multi functional knife with a robust blade. Featuring a curved cutting edge from heel to tip. A must have in any kitchen.
My favourite, however, is the Kusunoki Santoku Knife (bottom in picture). Combining individual craftsmanship with the latest technology, the Kusunoki knife range is ideal of the modern day kitchen. It is lightweight and easy glides through any ingredient.
As with any kitchen knives, even though they are dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing. Hand washing guarantees a sharper edge and avoids the harshness of dishwasher cleaners and temperatures, which causes problems such as rust spots.
Also, look out for a suitable sharpening stone to maintain the quality of your new knives or find a local knife sharpening business in your area to keep your knives in top shape. They will be your constant go-to items when cooking for yourself and your family.
Wooden Cutting Board
A large cutting board is a must-have item in any kitchen. However, some will be gentler than others. A wooden cutting board will protect your knives, which is great if you’ve chosen to invest in some high-quality ones. Plastic and glass cutting boards may look attractive but can dull your knives, meaning you have the replace them more frequently. Look for a wooden cutting board that can be cleaned in the dishwasher and has a groove included. This groove will catch juices from meat and fruits saving you time when cleaning your kitchen tops.
Non-stick Baking Trays
Baking trays are most definitely something you should be spending your money on. It can be easy just to buy cheap baking trays and replace them when needed. But if you spend that bit more, you’ll have an item that will last you potentially your whole life. Non- stick baking trays are even more of an investment piece as it makes it more durable and easier to clean. The non-stick quality means you won’t have to spend time scraping baked-on food off your trays ever again. It’s best to invest in a few different sizes to cover all of your cooking needs.
Cast Iron Casserole Dish
A casserole dish may not seem like a must-have product. But it’s an investment piece you’ll use time and time again. This slow cooking device allows you to make any number of dishes including soups and bolognese. There are no limits to what you can cook with them, and they also make a great design feature in your kitchen. Look for a cast iron design as it will allows the heat from your stove to spread more evenly. You can also buy in bright colours to make them stand out on top of your stove.
These four items will make your mealtimes a breeze and also make your life easier. They will help you maintain your kitchen, and you’ll become a more efficient and confident chef.