Buying new kitchen tools is easy: whether you’re looking for an easier way to cut your veggies or a less messy way to blend your curries, there’s a gadget out there for you. The real challenge is choosing kitchen tools that a) work and b) you’ll actually use on a regular basis.
These four must-have kitchen tools will not only make it easier and more fun to make your favourite recipes, in many cases, they’re also tools you’ll use time and time again.
- Instant Pot
What could we possibly say about Instant Pots that countless bloggers, influencers, neighbours, friends and family haven’t already told you? It’s basically the perfect all-around kitchen appliance. It’s a rice cooker, slow cooker, steamer, pressure cooker and saute pan all in one.
Dinner suggestion: Making haleem with National Haleem Recipe Mix? Though the dish traditionally takes several hours to cook, an Instant Pot can cut your cook time in half without sacrificing any of the flavour.
- Air Fryer
Whether you’re looking to cut back on the amount of oil you use in your recipes or you’re just looking for a faster way to cook your food, air fryers are the real deal. They cook food by circulating hot air around food to create the same crispiness as in traditional fried foods.
Dinner suggestion: Healthy fried chicken. Yes, we said healthy. Marinate your chicken in lemon juice and salt, then coat your chicken in National Chicken Broast batter mix. Finally, very lightly brush or spray oil on your chicken and cook in your air fryer. Voila! Fried chicken that hasn’t been fried.
- Immersion Blender
Already have a normal blender? That doesn’t mean you don’t need an immersion blender too. Immersion blenders allow you to easily whip up soups and sauces directly in your pot or pan without the mess of pouring into a blender. It’s also easy to clean (and takes up less space in your dishwasher).
Dinner suggestion: Whip up a quick Curry Lentil Soup. Cook up all of your ingredients in your pot — like cauliflower, red lentils and cumin seeds powder — and then blast it with your immersion blender to make it velvety smooth.
- Veggie Spiralizer
With a sharp knife and a little experience, you can cut your vegetables in any number of ways. But one thing you almost certainly can’t do? Slice your vegetables into spirals. Veggie spiralizers offer a fun, new way to serve vegetables. Kids love them and veggie spirals can also be used in place of noodles in many dishes.
Dinner suggestion: Make vegetable jalfrezi but cut your vegetables into spirals for a fun twist on a classic south Asian dish.
Nobody needs another useless kitchen gadget taking up permanent residence in the back of their cupboard. If you’re going to buy a kitchen gadget, make sure it’s more than a cute novelty item and is something you will actually use semi-regularly. These four gadgets are a good starting point.