Whether you’re setting up home for the first time or want to refresh your kitchen, these are the utensils you probably can't live without!
every kitchen needs a good set of knives as you’ll use them every day. As a minimum, you should invest in a bread knife, meat knife, a vegetable knife and a general utility knife. Keep them sharp with a knife sharpener so they’re always ready to use.
sometimes you need a ladle rather than a spoon to serve sauces, soups and casseroles.
a selection of spoons is essential for every dining occasion: serving, vegetable, strainer spoon and a spaghetti spoon.
even if you’re not a fan of baking, a whisk can be a useful kitchen item. Use it to beat eggs, sauces and milk. Mini whisks are great for making small quantities of sauces and salad dressings.
some tinned foods don’t have a ring pull, so a can opener should be part of your kitchen utensil set.
choose a universal grater with different-sized holes to vary the size of grated cheese.
for flipping and tossing (pancakes, eggs, bacon…) a spatula is a must. A slatted spatula drains excess fat – great for a healthy lifestyle.
mashed potato must be lump free and a masher will do the job perfectly. It’s also useful to mash vegetables such as swede or butternut squash.
for peeling potatoes, apples, carrots and other fruit and vegetables. A peeler is much easier and safer to use than a knife.
buy a set of both wooden and plastic. Wood for bread and plastic for meat, salad and vegetables. Remember to use a different board for cutting meat to avoid contamination.
Ice cream scoop
if you've got kids, there has to be an ice-cream scoop in your kitchen drawer. And if you don't have kids, a scoop of ice-cream as a treat or when guests come to dinner always goes down well.