Your kitchen is the hub of the household. Your kitchen is the place for creating delicious meals, catching up with your family over the kitchen table, breakfast with the kids and evenings with your partner – even entertaining. Your kitchen needs to be practical as well as welcoming, and stocked with the best kitchen gadgets and tools to make your life easier and more fun.
Create your stunning kitchen space with colorful cookware and bakeware, clever organization and storage solutions to keep everything neat and tidy, and beautiful serveware to create a great impression. Whatever your taste or your budget, your kitchen can be stylish and sophisticated – and expertly designed for your own needs.
Must-Have Kitchen Essentials
Cooking is simpler and everything is more fun when you have the right equipment. Make life easy for yourself with these basics – and a little bit more to ensure you cook, bake, and clear up with ease. Every kitchen needs spoons, ladles, spatulas and whisks. You should have a variety of sharp and effective knives for all kitchen tasks, plus can openers, colanders, measuring cups, corkscrews, cutting boards, peelers, graters, and a salad spinner.
Cookware essentials include pots and pans and skillets - in hardwearing materials, and the best colors to match your kitchen décor - and bakeware must-haves number cookie sheets, cake pans, baking dishes, and pizza stones.
Think about how you use your kitchen when you are shopping for those must-have kitchen essentials. For example, if you love cooking meals from scratch you will need to invest in a slow cooker, blender, and some professional chef’s knives, as well as enough chopping boards and professional-quality pans to create mouthwatering dishes.
If your kitchen is primarily the place for a quick snack on the go, you’ll definitely need a toaster and a toaster oven, an efficient kettle and a coffee maker that brews you a delicious cup when you get up in the morning.
Creating Your Stylish Kitchen Space
Of course, a kitchen also reflects your own style as well as your need for time-saving gadgets. Create a kitchen you can truly feel at home in, and show off to friends and relatives, by focusing on a few eye-catching features.
Hang colorful fry pans from the wall, choose fresh and eye-catching linens, and look for innovative ways to serve drinks and store bakeware. Match cookware and bakeware colors to your décor or choose kitchenware in stunning silver or basic black to create a contrast.
Cookware Care Tips
Once you’ve set up your space and found your own kitchen must-haves, keep everything fresh and sparkling with these cookware care tips:
Clean your non-stick surfaces with warm water and dish soap, avoiding abrasive cleaners and scrubbing brushes or wire sponges. Use only wooden or plastic utensils with non-stick pans. Try to avoid using cooking spray on non-stick cookware as this can cause food to build up on the surface – use regular oils and fats instead.
For stainless steel pans, heat the pan and then add the oil, adding the food next. This creates a non-stick surface for cooking. If you are using a cast iron skillet, rinse it with hot water right after cooking. You can use a little mild dish soap from time to time if there is food build up.
Wash your wooden chopping boards with some soap and then rinse well and dry upright.
When you have seasoned a wok with oil and a long stir-fry, you can clean it with a hot water soak and then a rinse with hot water and a soft sponge.