Every cook needs these tools in her kitchen!
For those green smoothies, soups and tasty sauces, a blender will make your life so much easier!
2. Non-Stick pan
The more non-stick your pan, the less oil you need to use, the healthier you dish.
3. Julienne peeler
You can use a julienne peeler to create “pasta” from courgettes and other veg. Magic!
4. Food processor
These can be used for next to anything; breadcrumbs, nuts, fruits etc.
Use a steamer to cook veg with all of the nutrients and vitamins intact.
These handy tips will make your time in the kitchen a breeze!
1. To freshen up wilted veg add it to some ice cold water. It will revive it in no time!
2. Mix up your spices. Instead of adding vanilla and cinnamon to everything, why not experiment with other sweet spices such as ginger or nutmeg?
3. If your butter is colder than it needs to be and you don’t have time to wait, grate it!
4. Always add some carmelization to your red meat when browning. It adds a depth of flavour when the dish is finished.
5. To avoid a soggy bottom on your tarts, pies and quiches ALWAYS blind bake first. This will help your pastry stay firm and crisp no matter the filling.
Correct storage and cleaning of your fridge is essential for hygiene. Do you know where your milk is best kept in your fridge? Hint: It’s not on the door.
Top + middle shelves
- Milk, yoghurt and any other dairy product should be kept on the top shelf and at the back of the fridge as this is where it is coldest. It is also a good idea to store cheeses in a lunchbox.
- Condiments can be stored on the door of the fridge.
- Leftovers/cooked meat should be carefully covered and kept on the middle shelf.
The bottom shelf is the only shelf that should have any raw meat or fish on it. They should also be covered well; this is too ensure there is no raw meat juices dripping onto any other foodstuffs which can be highly dangerous and very unhygienic.
Fruit and veg drawers
No need to tell you what goes in here surely, it’s in the name! This drawer is for any fruit and veg you have that need to go into the fridge, such as lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, strawberries etc.
Fresh herbs add a touch of colour and a subtle sweet smell to your kitchen and are also great to have on hand when cooking.
If you’re like us and terrible at keeping green things alive, here are the four easiest herbs to grow.
Mint can grow fast, so it’s best to keep it in a separate pot to the rest of the herbs. A bit of maintenance is required to grow mint; however it does not require too much light, which makes it perfect for an Irish kitchen.
Chives do not need much light to grow and are easy to maintain.
It’s best to grow basil in the summer months as it requires several hours of sunlight to thrive.
Parsley can be slow to take off, but once it does it won’t need much light or maintenance.