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What basic equipment?

Discussion in 'La Cuisine' started by craptakular, Aug 20, 2018.

  1. craptakular


    Joined: Jan 7, 2007

    Posts: 10,609

    Location: Hobart, Tasmania

    I want to get into cooking more and get away from the takeaways. What equipment is essential?

    I've got:

    Mixing bowls
    Decent chef knife
    Tefal frying pan
    Circulon small, medium, large pot
    Casserole pot thing
    Rice/slow cooker
    Majimix food processor

    I know I need scales, peeler, salt and pepper mill.

    What else do I need to cover the basics?

    My oven trays and oven pot things are awful. What brand do people recommend?
  2. jsmoke


    Joined: Jun 17, 2012

    Posts: 9,224

    Colander, ladle, sieve.
  3. robfosters


    Joined: Dec 1, 2010

    Posts: 34,971

    Location: Welling, London

  4. arc@css


    Joined: Nov 8, 2008

    Posts: 27,280

    Maybe a cheap electronic scales?

    Edit: sorry, I see you mentioned that already...
  5. K.C. Leblanc


    Joined: Sep 13, 2003

    Posts: 8,047

    Location: Glocestershire

    Just get stuck in there, you can nearly always improvise in a one off situation. And most supermarkets now have kitchen stuff, so if you're buying your ingredients you can always grab and tools you need.
  6. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: Oct 20, 2002

    Posts: 65,584

    Location: Wish i was in .Lethal's house

    Knifes and Forks?
    Serving spoon
    Various size bowls
    Chopping board
    Drying rack
    half a dozen tea towels
  7. HeadlessChicken

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Aug 6, 2004

    Posts: 2,150

    Location: Norwich

    Decent cookbooks ;)
  8. robj20


    Joined: Apr 9, 2007

    Posts: 8,885

    Pretty sure he said basics. Loads on that list i have never needed or used.
    Microplane = Grater
    Mandoline = Knife
    Timer = Phone
    Tongs = Forks or spoons

    Nice to have sure, not required though.

    Just get stuck in, forget all the fancy equipment, you dont need a kitchen full of stuff to make nice food.
  9. JoeF1


    Joined: Jun 12, 2012

    Posts: 3,923

    Location: West Yorkshire

    A decent chopping board - Please not a glass one and a good set of knifes / sharpener. Makes life so much easier.
  10. jpaul


    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

    Posts: 10,973

    never sure whether folks exclusively mean microplane brand ~£20=$$$ No,?
    whilst I virtually never use a box grater (just for rosti type potatoes) have a mid size 3"x5" grater with holes small enough for zesting, grating gralic, sharp enough for parmesan, and fine for general grated cheese. ... the word microplane has become a license to print money.

    The one true religion for peelers https://www.nisbets.co.uk/vogue-swivel-peeler/d051