Most of my recipes are very simple, but in order to make them I need the right things at home... as well as my store cupboard essentials and key ingredients, I've shared a list of go-to kitchen equipment I couldn’t make my recipes without.
Lots of you have asked about the equipment needed in your kitchen to make my recipes, so to help inspire more of you to make my recipes, I wanted to share my list of essential kitchen equipment. You can see a selection on my ingredients and equipment page too.
1. Baking tray
I have some flat ones for roasting vegetables and higher-sided ones for tray bakes, seed bars and one-pan dinners.
Bowls are essential for mixing and stirring any mixture. I have some enamel ones that are practical for little ones as they are not fragile and nicer than usual plastic ones.
This is essential for lifting any food out of a pan or baking tray and onto a plate without it breaking or for turning pancakes. I use a plastic ones, rather than metal to avoid scraping your pans, which is a must!
4. Frying pan (small)
I use mine daily as it is perfect for omelettes, scrambled eggs and pancakes, as well as toasting nuts or making sauces.
I use my grater all the time; examples include strong cheddar for quiches, cucumber for duck wraps or even half an onion for recipes that need finely chopped onion.
6. Hand-held blender or food processor
Ideal for quickly chopping onions, garlic and carrots for tray bakes, as well as pancakes mixture, fish cake mixture, instant ice cream, healthy chocolate puddings and more. I have both a food processor and a hand-held blender which I love.
Perfect for measuring or blending in it and then pouring. I use it for pancake mixture, Hollandaise sauce and many other things.
It’s so much easier to cook if you have large, sharp knife (it’s safer too!) I have had my knives for years and they didn’t cost much. I sharpen them just before using them (it takes 30 seconds) with a pull through sharpener and once a year I ask my butcher to sharpen them with a grinder. Chopping herbs, large vegetables and meat is much easier with a big knife and as long as you use the right techniques it is very safe; with a blunt knife you are pushing and are more likely to slip and cause the knife to go into your skin.
9. Measuring Spoons
To accurately measure small amounts of anything from spices, tomato paste, sugar, salt and honey these are indispensable! I use them every single day and not just for my job as a recipe tester. I hope that people making the recipes I create use them too, as there is no better way of ensuring a recipe is successful than measurements being accurate.
10. Pastry brush
Useful for brushing egg yolks onto puff pastry dishes like my easy salmon en croute and sausage rolls, or brushing butter onto filo, like my savoury super-food strudel. I use a silicone one, as the wooden ones with hair can leave bristles in your food!
Get the kids to help! I use a swivel Y-shaped peeler (the blade moves) which is super easy to use and not expensive.
12. Sauté pan (large)
Nearly all of my dinners that aren’t in a slow-cooker are made in an oven-proof, non-stick sauté pan! One-pot dinners are the way forward! I use pans that I bought when I worked in a cookery shop in London years ago. They have a durable titanium non-stick coating which isn’t toxic and lasts forever!
For accurate baking and weighing these are essential. So easy to use and they ensure that your recipes will never go wrong!
I use this daily for our water kefir grains, but also for sieving chicken stock and frozen raspberries to remove pips and much more!
15. Silicone moulds
From frozen yoghurts to healthy chocolates, doughnuts, jellies, egg frittatas and healthy cakes, fun silicone moulds make most food fun! You can freeze things in them, bake in them or chill anything in them for a quick fun snack, meal or dessert.
16. Slow cooker
I use one several times a week for easy no-effort healthy dinners that are hot when we get home late. It also transforms cheaper cuts of meat into amazingly tasty meals!
Perfect for scraping every last bit of batter out of a bowl or mixing food in a non-stick pan without scratching it.
Essential for turning steaks, kofta and meatballs. I use a silicone coated one so I don’t scratch my pans.
I tend to use soft plastic/silicone coated rather than metal, so that you don’t scratch your non-stick pans, which is useful for any batter or mixture.
20. Wooden chopping board or platter
Essential for any chopping but also for displaying food beautifully as a platter! Learn how to assemble one of my platters here.
Let me know in the comments below if you have kitchen equipment that you can’t live without that I have missed out – I would love to hear from you! And, as always, let me know if you have any questions on cooking with kids I can answer.