If you live alone, you know the culinary challenges we as solo flyers face. With the hassles of cooking for one comes an array of annoyances. This often leads us to just ordering take out. An expensive and unhealthy habit that you can do away with by following a few useful tips.
It goes without saying that you need the basics, cutlery, crockery and glassware. It's also essential to have the right cookware, such as the range offered by Made in Cookware. It would be best if you also looked into the basics in terms of utensils. In this list, we are going to provide you with some essential tips you may not have thought of.
An Air Fryer
This one is a no-brainer. An air fryer is a convenient, quick and healthy means of preparing just about anything. Fats and oils are drained away, translating to health benefits. An important pro-tip is to be mindful of having food dry out. For this, you can Google anything you want to prepare, and find new ideas for your fryer while you are at it. If you are anything like most bachelors, a considerable advantage is that an air fryer is extremely easy to clean, keeping the washing up to a minimum.
A Countertop Dishwasher
When it comes to easy cleaning and keeping your kitchen organized, a countertop dishwasher is one of the best investments you can make. Frequently, after a long day of work, one finds yourself in no mood to clean up. For some of us, the very idea can be a deterrent to cooking.
A Tablet (Or iPad) And Stand
This one may seem less intuitive, but trust me when I say you will find this simple addition will change how you spend your time preparing meals. From reading recipes to streaming your favourite shows while you cook, there are no limits on how you can utilise this gadget in the kitchen.
Universal Measuring Spoons
One of the most essential, and least considered kitchen must-haves, is a proper set of universal measuring spoons. They must provide both metric and imperial measurements. Regardless of which system you use, you will, at some point, come across a recipe that requires conversion. This way it's simple and easy to follow recipes in either metric. The reason that a set like this is extra essential to sans-flatmate, sans-partner people like us is that you will regularly want to scale down ingredients to prepare a smaller portion.
A Slow Cooker
When coming back to being tired after a day's work, this modest appliance may be your biggest ally in the battle against avoiding home cooking. Mainly if you are a morning person, you can prep some veggies and meat of your choice, or perhaps read up on a recipe for a stew, a broth or any number of hearty meals, and leave the slow cooker to it. By the time you get home, you have a healthy, nutritious home-cooked meal waiting for you.
The most important thing is to set up your kitchen in a way that works for you, and we hope this guide of essentials has you excited about home-cooked meals and spending time cooking!