I had a question from a reader recently.
Can you help me buy inexpensive, top quality cooking equipment? What do I need?
That’s a very good question
The writer was a university student , living in her very own place and a reasonably avid hobby cook. They were aiming to get tips and advice on cheap and sensible quality cooking equipment set. This needs to have some more-than-basic features but not take up too much space in her apartment . Or be too expensive.
As far as pots and pans go, then copper is the obvious choice. However, this does add cost. So a full pan set may be out of the question.
It’s going to be a matter of choosing a couple of times that are multifunctional and can also save time and money. For these, I’d go for a heavy skillet. this can be used as a frying pan, but can also cook a variety of meats in different ways.
My favourite skillets are American made – Find them reviewed here. Choose stainless steel if you’re on a budget or copper if you’re planning for a lifetime of use.
Add to that a pressure cookers. These are great machines as they can do everything nowadays from cook rice and veggies to prepare a whole range of dishes. And the bonus is that it reduces the number of pots and pans you need plus is quick and saves precious time and money.
Pressure cookers are fantastic tools. They develop the characteristic flavors and textures of foods therefore quickly that what’s conventionally a protracted, labour-intensive method becomes one hardly a lot of long than an simple sauté. Fluffy rice takes six minutes rather than twenty. And broths rarely take more than 10-15 minutes. You can also cook food in canning jars or in FoodSaver bags rated for prime temperatures–which means that grits and cornmeal mush, as an example, now not need constant stirring to avoid sticking.
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