Even though you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, it’s often the last place in which you make upgrades. While you might change the décor from time to time, or even modernize the cabinetry, when was the last time you looked at any of the tools of the trade that you use every day? Could a spot of shopping be on the agenda? Here are five things you will find in your kitchen that might be worth updating.
Pots and Pans
Pots and pans are a valuable part of many cookware sets. However, the average kitchen user often fails to recognize when they’re past their useful life. Take a look at your collection; is the handle ready to fall off your most-used pot? Is the bottom of it caked with cooking remnants from many meals ago? Were they hand-me-downs from relatives? It might be time to invest in new ones. There are so many fabulous options on the market which even help to improve your cooking processes.
Did you know a blunt knife is more dangerous than a sharp one? Because you have to use more force than a sharp one to start a cut, there is a higher chance the knife will slip and injure you. If you don’t own a knife sharpener, or you can’t remember the last time you bought a new knife set or block, then it might be time to go shopping. Get ready to experience the pure bliss of cutting straight through a squishy tomato with no effort.
Everyone has a favorite chopping board, but there is going to come a time when you need to say goodbye. One of the worthiest investments you can make is a new, high quality chopping board – either a single one or several within a set. The right cutting surface can also be your defense or downfall against cross-contamination and food poisoning. Buy one each for meat, fish and vegetables, and don’t mix them up. You also need to clean them thoroughly after each use, with sanitization also a recommendation.
Did you inherit mom’s old food processor? There’s no denying those old appliances are made to last. However, there is now new technology that can make your meal preparation go so much smoother. Food processor units are leading the way in this arena. While your old food processor can chop and blend as well as the rest of them, can it cook your food, run on a timer, and connect to your phone? New ones can. You are missing out on many new and convenient features by choosing to stick with old-style appliances from dear old Ma.
Many families don’t upgrade their dinnerware until there is no longer enough to serve everyone. Over time, sets can get smaller and smaller, but if you’re not prone to smashing plates from time to time, then they may last longer than they possibly should! Sleek, stylish, and contemporary dinner sets are all the rage these days, but not for the reasons you think. Plate color and shape can influence your taste perception, meaning you may be able to trick your kids into eating their vegetables! Upgrade your dinnerware and see if it makes a difference.
Has it been some time since you’ve made any changes in your kitchen? There’s no time like today to hit the stores in search of the perfect pots and pans, chopping boards, and more. You may be surprised at how much more convenient and rewarding your cooking experience can be.