Kitchen saviours for any type of cook
There’s an appliance for every need these days; popcorn maker, tortilla toaster, air fryer, deep fryer, the list goes on. So, what are the best appliances to kick start your new cooking journey?
- Food Processer
Let the humble food processer do the slicing, dicing and pureeing for you. Food processors come in many shapes and sizes with several attachments to help you with the prep work. Whip up healthy meals in minutes with the help of this handy appliance. Find yours at Target.
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- Rice Cooker
Sick of soggy rice? Not only will this one-pot wonder give you fluffy rice every time, you’ll also be able to impress your friends and family with everything from cakes to pizza and even risotto, which can also be made straight out of your rice cooker.
This simple rice cooker and veg steamer from Woolworths will do the trick for chefs on a budget.
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- Slow Cooker
A must-have in every kitchen, you’ll save tonnes of time with a slow cooker. With various settings, slow cookers can be turned on in the morning before you go to work, allowing you to come home to a delicious meal. Slow cookers are made to be left alone, so pop in your ingredients and let it do its thing. See you in six hours. Buy your own at Kmart.
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Feel like you’ve mastered the basics? Ready to step it up a little? Intermediate chefs, these are for you.
- Quality knives
As the saying goes, a blunt knife is more dangerous than a sharp one! A good set of knives, if cared for correctly, will last you a lifetime. Sound expensive? Think again. Fashion’s ‘cost per wear’ rule applies here, too. We recommend the 6 piece German Steel Knife Block Set from Target.
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- Cooking thermometer
Say goodbye to slicing open your chicken to check if it’s cooked and risk losing those flavoursome juices with the help of a cooking thermometer. Aim for 75°C to 80°C for chicken and turkey, 63°C for pork and 45°C to 70°C for beef, depending on how well you like your beef cooked. With this gadget, achieve expert-level home cooking by mastering the art ofperfectly cooked meat, every time. . Try the Cook & Dine Meat Thermometer from Coles ($6.00).
- Pressure cooker
The opposite of the slow cooker, pressure cookers can whip up your meals in a quarter of the usual cooking time. By using steam to break down protein, pressure cookers are the go-to for a quick curry, soup or pulled meat dish. Shop now at Target or Kmart.
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- Kitchen scales
Ever noticed how every teaspoon is a different size? Make measuring cups and spoons a thing of the past and take your baking to the next level with the help of kitchen scales. Unlike cooking, baking is more of an exact science, and a set of nifty kitchen scales will have your measurements down to a decimal. Available from Woolworths or Coles.
Graduated from intermediate home cooking? Experts read on.
- Stand Mixer
Sitting in the butler’s pantry of all expert cooks, enter the beloved stand mixer. What can’t it do? The culinary centre of the kitchen, you’ll fall in love with the 10 different+ attachments that will help you whip up everything from pasta to ice-cream,and sausages to cupcakes. Kmart have got you covered in this department.
- Cast iron cook wear
Not all cook wear is created equal, and just like knives, good quality pots and pans can last you forever. Cast iron cook wear is heavy duty, holds and distributes heat evenly and is good for low and slow cooking. What’s more, cast iron cook wear is also extremely versatile and can be used on gas, electric and induction stove tops.