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3 Essentials to Have in Your Kitchen Right Now

Updated on April 29, 2020
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All the information I share comes from my life experiences-things I've learnt on how to live a healthier life that has worked for me.

Nowadays, all of us walk into the kitchen, wanting to whip up something yummy, but at the same time, make something that does not take too much time.

When it comes to cooking, there are so many things involved. Chopping vegetables, using bowls, pots, pans, utensils, measuring cups, oils and many spices. We walk into the kitchen wanting to make one dish but at the end of it, looks like we were trying to prepare a feast. Not to mention the cutting and slicing of vegetables, like onions that make you cry or chopping chilies which can really burn if you by mistake touch your eye or face in the middle. The part I particularly do not like is cleaning up especially washing all the dishes and pans that were taken out to make one dish!

Over time I realized that having some essentials in your kitchen, can make your life so much easier. It saves you from all the above hassles and mainly saves you a lot of time, so you can do many more other things in your day as well.

1. Vegetable chopper

My mum introduced me to this life saver kitchen tool when I moved away for college.

  • It saves you the time to you spend chopping all the vegetables
  • It saves you from having to deal with your eyes watering or burning
  • You can have your vegetables chopped at various sizes in a cleaner less messy way.

You probably may be wondering how this will probably have to be another kitchen tool that will take up space. Believe me a vegetable chopper is an indispensable tool that will last you an exceptionally long time. My recommendation would be the Black and Decker Super Chopper that is small and handy as well as very reasonably priced. It is easy to use at different speeds, will not take up much space in your kitchen and will last you a long time. You can look up different options based on the size and features that would suit your cooking.

2. Air Fryer

We all love deep fried food whether it is French fries, fried chicken, chicken nuggets, burgers, or pastries. It works by circulating hot air around the food to produce a crunchy, crispy exterior.

  • They use no oil and can produce food that would have a significantly lower fat content.
  • Since they are lower in fat, they also help with weight loss by reducing calorie intake.
  • They are easy to use and clean
  • You do not have to keep an eye on it as its automatic
  • It does not take up much space in your kitchen depending on the size you choose

Whenever you feel lazy and just want to cook something easy or if the kids are bugging you for a quick meal, all you need is to place whichever vegetable or meat you choose into the Air Fryer to have a quick snack ready in minutes. You can just pop it in there and go away do something else and come back to it later. Besides how great is it to be able to have all these foods knowing that you will not put on that additional weight you normally do when you eat deep fried food. Though many people recommend the Philips XL Air Fryer, the Ninja Air Fryer or the Corsori is fairly good as well. The biggest advantage over the Philips is, it will not be so heavy on your pocket.

3. Instant Pot

The brilliance of an Instant Pot is that it is a multi-cooker. Instead of having so many pots and pans at home, this in turn is just one cooker that can do be a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, yogurt maker and warmer! Some of the new ones even come with an egg maker or cake maker.

  • You can make all those elaborate dishes you have wanted in less than an hour
  • It is easy to use and clean up
  • It is extremely safe to use
  • There are so many recipes you can try easily as you just put in all the ingredients and let the instant pot do the work
  • It is an all in one where you no longer need to take out different pots and pans for different dishes.

There are so many different ones to choose from nowadays, each with bringing some new feature to it. The Instant Pot is highly recommended even though it may be a little pricey for some, reason being, the new one called the Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fryer combines all the features of an Air Fryer and Instant Pot. In some countries you get the new Nutricook which I also recommend as it is a 10-1 which also includes the option to bake a cake!

No longer does cooking have to be a tedious process and less enjoyable. Get your essentials and become a Master Chef at home!

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    • Mitchelle Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitchelle Peter 

      3 weeks ago from Dubai, U.A.E

      Thank you Mitara! Appreciate it :)

      Stay safe!

    • MitaraN profile image

      Mitara N 

      4 weeks ago from South Africa

      Excellent article and agree with you totally, these are essential and a must in my kitchen well, so much more convenient and easier seeing that we are spending much more time in the kitchen.

      Thanks for sharing Mitchelle

      Take care, keep well and be safe

    • Mitchelle Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitchelle Peter 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai, U.A.E

      When we can find ways to make life easier, why not right :)

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I agree. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed cleaning too many dishes :)

    • Mitchelle Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitchelle Peter 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai, U.A.E

      Thanks Liza, I for one think if you can have lesser vessels the better - cos end of the day we have few main ones we use and the others just take up space which are used rarely. So with the instant pot , it becomes your every day essential! Less dishes to wash;)

    • lizmalay profile image

      Liza 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I love cooking at home. For that reason, I do have a vegetable chopper and an air fryer. I also have a slow cooker. By the way, I found that the instant pot has many benefits. I like the fact that it functions as a slow cooker, steamer, and pressure cooker. I have to put this on my online shopping list. Thank you for sharing this great idea, Mitchelle.

    • Mitchelle Peter profile imageAUTHOR

      Mitchelle Peter 

      4 weeks ago from Dubai, U.A.E

      Flourish, if you get a small one, then the noise isn't that bad :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      I guess I need to update. I don’t have any of these. I used to have the chopper but the noise got to me.

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