Preparing dinner after a draining day at work can be a daunting task. The temptation to get take away food from your nearest restaurant is real. However, it may not be a sustainable practice, not to mention its health concerns. It is always enjoyable to eat a meal carefully prepared at home. Preparing a sumptuous meal within a limited time is also overwhelming, especially with inadequate tools. In case you are a busy mum, wondering what to do to ease this pressure, then read on. One of the easiest ways to make your cooking experience enjoyable is ensuring you have the right arsenal of cooking tools. These not only make your work easier but also minimize unnecessary wastages of food and time. Below are the tools that you must have as a busy mom. Remember, these tools can help you even if you are not a busy mom.
1. Pressure Cooker
It's electric and safe to use. Different electric cookers perform several functions, including baking, steaming, warming, and cooking rice. Once you set the parameters for your food, you can carry out other household chores. In case you have frozen food, no need to defrost first as this tool does it all for you.
2. Slow Cooker
Besides making the traditional stews and soups, you can also make other food such as spaghetti, lasagna, and various breakfast casseroles. Programmable slow cookers are convenient because once the cooking time is over, it automatically turns to warm. As a busy mom, you can explore this option where you leave the food cooking only to come home to eat.
Are you a fan of smoothies, or fresh juice? You require this critical kitchen appliance. Are your children trying to find excuses for not eating a particular type of fruit? You don't have time to supervise them. Find a time and blend fruit cocktail. Give them some and put the rest in the refrigerator.
A blender has several other benefits: making a vegetable cocktail, milkshake, blending spices, among others. Once you invest in a good blender, you will enjoy its durability. Cleaning the blender is also easy.
4. Food Processor
Slicing, chopping, and dicing the ingredients in your recipe can seem to take forever. Do you leave behind a chunky mess? A good food processor can make all that work easy and faster. It will help you make healthy food.
5. Stand Mixer
6. Hand Mixer
Another essential tool is the hand mixer. Imagine you want to mash potatoes. Should you get the stand mixer? If you have a hand mixer, it's easy. The versatility of the hand mixer makes it a vital kitchen tool to have.
8. Toaster Oven
Are you still deliberating whether you require a toaster oven? Here is the deal, a toaster oven is cheaper than the standard oven, and it's also more energy-efficient. It preheats quickly, saving on your time. Don't worry about using it in summer since it doesn't produce excessive heat to your kitchen like the big stove.
9. Coffee Maker
10. Electric Kettle
13. Silicone Baking Mat
15. Digital Timer
You are already late from work, and you want to bake some food while still attending to other chores. If you forget to check your food, it will burn. A digital timer will help you remember when you started baking. If you are using a double oven, consider using a timer that has multiple digital clocks.
Cookware & Small Appliances
19. Chef Knife
Other than the chef's knife have stainless steel spoons and even an avocado peeler.
20. Slotted Spoon
Don't embarrass yourself trying to serve vegetables or meat to your visitor using funny tools. You require the slotted spoon. How do you lift your chicken from the broth? Use the slotted spoon. Messing with hot water can be dangerous. How do you remove the shrimp from the boiling water? A slotted spoon would help.
21. Cast Iron Skillet
A cast-iron skillet comes with several benefits. Once you season your cast iron skillet well when cooking, the food will not stick. It's easy to clean thus will not waste your time. It's affordable and durable, making it worthy of investing. You can say that it's nearly indestructible. You may live with one in your entire lifetime if you wish.
One exciting thing about cast iron skillet is that it improves with age. The more you continue using it, the more the surface smoothens. That makes it easy for the oil to spread on it well. If you want to go camping, you can carry it with you.
22. Stir Fry Pan (Wok)
After arriving home from work already filling tired, you might consider cooking something that will take less time to prepare. You can decide to cook some vegetables, rice, and meat, why not use a wok? It has a curved shape that helps in heat retention. If you can get a Wok with a lid, that would be better.
23. Pancake Griddle
24. Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
Do you require stainless steel mixing bowls? Yes, you need it. Go for lightweight stainless steel. Your mixing tasks will be easier, and you don't have to worry about it breaking. Did you know that you can use the stainless steel mixing bowl for baking your cake/bread? Coat the surface with butter to ensure your dish doesn't stick. Washing the dish will also be easy once you finish cooking.
25. Vegetable Chopper
No more tears with the vegetable chopper because of the onions. Cutting vegetables can be tedious, especially if you are tired and sleepy. With the right vegetable chopper, you will cut your vegetables within no time and cook.
26. Garlic Presser
Garlic has compounds that contain medicinal properties vital to your body. Including it in most of your meals is critical. The garlic presser will make it easier to squeeze the garlic and get some ready to use finely grated pieces. Apart from making your work easier, cleaning the garlic presser is also easier.
Other Vital Kitchen Appliances
27. Aluminum Foil
The probability of forgetting to restock the aluminum foil is high. Unfortunately, that will cost you when you urgently require it, and it's not available. You can use aluminum foil to do a lot of things. You can use it when cooking, steaming, and even cleaning. Scrubbing and lifting are among other roles of the aluminum foil.
29. Food Storage Containers
You can eat that food the next day, saving you from cooking again. That will also reduce wastage of food, time, and resources. You can also pack some for your children when going to school.