If you’re hoping to eat a little healthier, look to your own kitchen. People who cook meals at home tend to eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research. That may be good news for budding chefs and hobbyists, but it can feel daunting for those who don’t know where to begin or are time-pressed. Reporting by Market Watch says that millennials, and probably everyone else, are just too time-pressed to really start cooking.
You may already know you need pots, pans, dishes and some quality knives to get your kitchen stocked up for cooking, but knowing how to pick the right kitchen staples is key to home-cooking success. Here’s what to look out for.
Focus on versatility
There’s nothing wrong with investing in an appliance or gadget that does one thing really well, like slow cooker. But focusing on the big picture can help simplify your kitchen staples. For example, a handheld mixer might be fine in a pinch to whip up frostings or mashed potatoes, but a Kitchenaid stand mixer can help you make fresh pasta, ground meat, veggie noodles, salads and more with its multiple attachments. Of course, you can also just whip up an amazing cake and frosting for dessert and call it a day.
Keep it practical
It should go without saying that your kitchen staples should be practical to use, but often things like flatware get expensive and complicated to clean pretty quickly. Silverware is eye-catching, but difficult to care for and properly maintain. And if you’re short on time, the last thing you want is to wash and polish up your silver. Although you can opt-out of silverware and pick something pretty that might need replacing every few years as needed, you can also invest in something durable and attractive at the same time. For example, a Oneida Flatware Set is super affordable, can be put right in the dishwasher, and looks elegant and deceptively expensive.
Make it durable
In addition to keeping kitchen staples practical and attractive, they should also be durable. Choosing fun plates in a variety of colors can be found affordable, but doesn’t mean they’re durable. You want to make sure your dinnerware can take a little beating whether you accidentally hit against the counter or are going to use them in heavy rotation. But you can still keep it cute and fun. The Gibson Home Dinnerware Sets are affordable, durable and come in a variety of vibrant designs and colors to choose from.
Versatile, practical and durable staples are all key to a well-stocked kitchen, but it’s okay to splurge once in a while. Look to appliances that need regular updating and see what’s out there. A fridge that’s over 10 years old likely needs to be replaced with a newer model that’s more energy efficient. You can look to models from Maytag that have speed chilling options or KitchenAid that have five-door configurations with multiple compartments and drawers to keep your cooking organized. But perhaps most importantly, a more energy-efficient model can save big on electric bills.
Picking the right kitchen staples goes beyond gadgets and appliances and starts with the right foundation. Focus on how to keep your kitchen staples versatile, practical, durable and splurge worthy. From multi-use mixers to energy efficient appliances, your new kitchen should be stocked with quality staples that last and keeps your kitchen running efficiently.
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