Late 2010 I moved to England. At the time I had no intention of returning (naive?) and I didn’t have a way to store most of my things. At that point I had quite a bit of kitchen tools and appliances, at least enough to be able to do most of what I wanted in the kitchen. Roughly a year later I was back in Iceland and I had next to nothing…of anything, really. Since then I’ve moved around and been mostly dependent on what tools the people I lived with had.
I’m somewhat settled in now, and I don’t foresee having to move any time soon. I’m also close to having a slightly more substantial income, with which I aim to rebuild my kitchen stash. So I’ve been thinking about what I need/want lately and here’s a short list.
- Potato masher
- I love mashed potatoes. I learned to make it well mashed, creamy and a bit sweet. The other day I made cottage pie and I had to mash my potatoes with a fork. Not only did I not manage to mash them very well, my arm was also sore pretty quickly.
- Hand mixer
- I need an electronic hand mixer. I like to bake and in the absence of a larger stand mixer, it makes it less time consuming and physically straining to mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy, or to whip egg whites until it forms stiff peaks (see, I have the lingo down!). A mixer is also necessary to reach my desired creamy texture when making mashed potatoes. Not to mention how it makes it easier to make dad’s wonderful bernaise (I’ll make a separate post about that sometime).
- Proper knives
- I don’t think I really need to get into how important good knives are. My dad has ceramic knives that are so sharp it’s actually slightly terrifying. I would love a set of those. Or just good steel knives…and the guts to really work the sharpening steel thing.
- A good vegetable peeler
- Carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, all kinds of root vegetables, ginger…you name it.
- A food processor
- I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed the fact that I don’t have a proper food processor.
- A blender
- Smoothies! Soups – I’m not a huge soup person, but I do like the ones where you boil stuff, such as parsnips, and then mix it until it’s all creamy and yummy. Mmmm.
This list isn’t very long because I am of the opinion that good cooking doesn’t require a giant kitchen with a million cupboards full of all kinds of specific tools. Unless something you do in the kitchen is a daily occurrence, you probably don’t need a specific tool for it. I’d rather have fewer, good quality tools and appliances that can be used to do a large number of things. Also, more stuff means more cleanup.
To be quite honest, I’m not entirely sensible in my list of things I waaaaaaant for my kitchen.
I’d just about kill for a KitchenAid stand mixer. It last for ages if well maintained, it’s incredibly good (I tried a KitchenAid blender once and it was amaaaaazing!), and it’s so pretty!! Look! I want the green apple one. Or the boysenberry…or possibly cinnamon. *swoon*