The cost of food seems to be where people are breaking their household budgets these days rather than the cable or internet bill. Isn’t it crazy to think that food, what we eat every day, multiple times a day, a necessity to survive, is becoming one of the highest monthly expenses for the average American? The fact is, we need to start changing our behaviour now to help prevent food shortages in the future. With population growth, lack of natural resources and of course climate change all being factors driving the cost of food up, it’s important that we shop smart and eat responsibly.
Many of us look through flyers to see what’s on sale, or favorite items on Yroo so we can alert you when they drop in price later! But what we don’t think about is much of the food we buy goes to waste. In fact, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that one-third of all food produced in the world ends up lost or wasted. So why not take all that money spent on wasted food and put it towards more useful, well-made chef tools and kitchen gadgets that will last a lifetime and help your food go further? We’ve even come up with a list of 10 must-have cooking tools for your kitchen that will make it easy.
1. Good knives
This Henckels International Classic 16 Piece Knife Block is an absolute must. It includes all the knives a kitchen needs, including a paring knife, utility, carving knife, chef’s knife, and steak knives with sharpening steel to keep them in top shape. But what really makes this knife set a must-have is Henckels’ high quality German stainless steel. This knife block comes with a lifetime warranty.
2. A Copper Pot
Like this saucepan from Food52. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and very good for top-of-range cooking. Plus, it’s an essential mineral that our bodies understand just like iron. Together, copper and iron help our bodies form red blood cells. Bye bye cancer-coated cookware.
Pizza is a great go-to dinner for when your last couple green onions and a handful of spinach is starting to wilt. Throw all your odds and ends onto a delicious homemade pizza and serve it on this awesome Pizza stone.
Good kitchen shears are like the screwdriver of the kitchen. It is needed all the time. This pair from Target has 9 integrated functions which include cutting, slicing, trimming, zesting, nutcracking, bottle opening, can opening, and screw driving. Oh, and the holster is magnetic, so you can feel badass when you use it.
This espresso maker will fit into a condo sized kitchen with ease, not to mention make it smell like cafe heaven.
Get an accurate breakdown of exactly what you’re eating with this amazing Smart Food Kitchen Scale from The Orange Chef. It even connects via bluetooth to help you track and log meals.
Say it three times fast. This stuff is truly amazing – better than plastic wrap! One of my personal favorite kitchen essentials. It’s sticky, it seals, it washes, it reuses. Get some for yourself and a friend just to pay it forward.
Use up all your about-to-expire fruit and yogurt in the one and only Blendtec. There’s nothing this baby can’t blend.
10. Donabe Smoker
A slow cooker and a barbecue got together, made a baby, and named it the Donabe. Made from solid Japanese clay, this smoker works by using water to trap the smoke from even a very small amount of wood chips or tea leaves for maximum flavour. It’s great for stovetop smoking in a short amount of time.
It’s all about finding the right balance between both shopping smart and cooking smart in the kitchen! We hope that these must-have cooking tools will inspire you to get passionate and creative. Your food is a valuable commodity. The way you prepare it, share it and store it will help make it worth every dollar. And we all know, there’s nothing better in the world than a home-cooked meal, a tummy rub, and a nap.