Must Have Kitchen
Appliance When Moving Into A New Home
it. Youâre about to move into your
new home and your new kitchen is just
sitting there waiting to be outfitted.
With just a little thought and planning,
you can have a kitchen that is as
functional as it is beautiful. Here
are some tips to keep in mind.
- Measure the square
footage of your new kitchen accurately.
You donât want to buy new appliances,
only to discover that they donât
fit in the intended space.
- Have the retailer
that sold you your major appliances
deliver the items to your home.
Doing it yourself could result in
injury or damage to floors, walls
or baseboards. Home delivery is
well worth the small extra expense.Â
- Double check to
make sure that your sub-flooring
can support the weight of your new
kitchen purchases. This will prevent
sagging and damage to your homeâs
infrastructure in future years.
A Handle On Pans
that your small kitchen appliances
are ones that you will actually use.
Keep the appliances you use daily
out on the counter and not hidden
in the cupboard.Â You wonât use them
if they arenât readily accessible.
Letâs start with the basics. Many
people have more pots and pans than
they need. This results in needless
clutter and more clean-up time than
is necessary. Your new kitchen should
have a 10 inch sautĂ© pan with a snugly
fitting lid, a 2 to 3 quart saucepan
with a lid and an 8 to 10 quart stockpot.
Your sautĂ© pan can double as a frying
pan as well as an omelet pan. Use
your saucepan for sauces, rice and
heating up leftovers. Use your stockpot
to stew and simmer, as well as boiling
pasta, steaming artichokes and much
No Small Cooks,
Only Small Appliances
Food processors take
much of the time and drudgery out
of preparing meals. Make sure yours
has adequate power for doing a variety
of jobs. Use a small countertop food
processor for chopping, mixing and
dicing. Your food processor should
feature a six to eight cup dry ingredient
capacity with enough power to puree,
liquefy or crush ice. If you are a
motivated cook and aspire to more
than survival mode, a stand-up mixer
may be well worth the investment.
A stand-up variable
speed mixer will knead dough with
the power needed for the job. Extra
attachments for kneading dough and
mixing batter will save your hands
while giving your dough just the right
consistency. Cooling racks are important
so your cakes and pies will cool evenly
and a good convection oven is also
worth the considering for the serious
cook. A convection oven distributes
the heat of the oven more evenly and
results in a better final result.
A hand mixer is always
useful for whipping up fresh cream
or making smaller dishes that require
a little extra care. Your six-speed
mixer should include a âslow startâ
feature so you can eat your creations
instead of wearing them.
My Kingdom For
A Paring Knife
Appliances are always
nice to have, but having the right
basic tools on hand is just as important.
These should include:
- A chefâs knife
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring cups
- Rubber Spatula
- Utility knife
and paring knife
- Soup ladle
- Mixing bowls
- Chopping board
- Can opener
- Vegetable Steamer
Many people make
the mistake of cooking vegetables
too long and boiling the nutritional
value right out of them. Use a steamer
to get the most out of your vegetables.
Your knives should always be made
out of high carbon stainless steel.
The high carbon construction will
give your knives durability and stainless
steel cutlery holds up much better
what kind of pans to buy will be determined
by several factors. How much cooking
do you actually do? Are you an aspiring
gourmet or someone who is happy to
cook an egg without burning it? For
out and out quality, copper cookware
is best, but it is expensive. On the
other hand, buying cheaper pans will
only mean that you will have to replace
them fairly often. If money is no
object, go for the copperware. Otherwise,
buying pans made out anodized steel
should serve very well. Pans made
out of anodized steel help prevent
corrosion. These pans are pre-baked
at high temperatures and should be
good for most kinds of cooking. Remember
not to use steel implements with your
stainless steel pans to prevent scratching
or ruining the panâs finish. A cast
iron pot is good for slow cooking
or as part of a Dutch oven.
âEm The Hook
In most kitchens,
storage space is a main concern. Using
a wall pegboard to hang pans and other
items allows easy access to things
while saving space at the same time.
If everything is out in the open and
easy to get at, you will be more likely
to use your kitchen. Counter space
is a prime consideration, so save
space where you can by making the
best use of the counter space that
you have. If you have the room, you
may want to consider a kitchen island.
This will allow for a preparation
area away from the rest of the kitchen
while allowing for extra storage space
A good dishwasher
is a boon to a good cook. Though some
items will always require hand washing,
a dishwasher will save you much of
the cleanup time that everyone dreads.
Donât forget that cooking at home
is not only fun, it will save you
significant money over the long term.
Even a bad meal out is still expensive.
You have a wide choice of materials
for planning kitchen surfaces. You
want to make sure that they are easy
to clean and not prone to cracking,
chipping or other kinds of damage.
for countertops are extensive. Many
people like a granite surface if itâs
in the budget. Granite is elegant,
heat resistant and durable. It can
also stain, crack and it needs to
be treated with sealant on occasion.
Engineered stone may be a better choice.
It is made of quartz but has the look
of granite and comes in a wide range
of colors. The non-porous surface
resists scratches and is easy to maintain.Â
You can also choose ceramic tile,
laminates, a classic wood and butcher
block or thoroughly modern stainless
steel. Your choices will be guided
by many factors, but err on the side
of elegance and ease of use and you
canât go wrong.
About the Author:
Tim Norton is a college
instructor and a freelance writer.
Though originally from Portland, Maine, he has lived
Island for many years. He is the founder of the Providence Grays,
a 19th century baseball team that
demonstrates the game before 1900
for today's fans. He also enjoys giving
tips and advice on home improvement,
decorating the babies
room, and buying kitchen