There’s something quite grown up about owning a nice set of matching, good quality saucepans. When you first move out of your parent’s house and go it alone, you make do with handouts and what you can take with you. If you move into student halls, you’ll use the saucepans that previous tenants have left behind. These pans will do their job until handles fall off and cracks start to show. The next phase of saucepan ownership is often the budget range. They’re new, they might even match, but they’ll be cheap, and they won’t stand the test of time. Any claims on “non-stick” will be debatable. But, when it comes to spending your money at this stage in your life, saucepans are rarely a priority.
Then, one day they are. You spend a bit more, on a decent, matching set. A set that will last. Or, you may be gifted a set when you buy a house or get married. You’ve got your grown-up pans. It’s a milestone. But, while good pans are essential and fantastic, they’re certainly not the only thing that a family kitchen needs.
A Cast Iron Casserole Dish
A large Cast Iron Casserole Dish will serve you well. Its heavy bottom means that it will last for years and years. It will work well on the hob and in the oven, and there’s so much you can do with it. Casseroles, yes, but also pasta bakes, soups and stews, and big filling chillies and many more meals. You can certainly manage without a cast iron pot, but once you’ve got one, you’ll never look back. It’s even easy to clean.
A Knife Set
A sharp knife makes cooking much easier and faster. A full set gives you options and means that you are always prepared. A knife sharpener can also be a worthwhile investment. Just make sure you keep them out of the kids reach.
Many of us spend a long time getting buy with just one board. We have to wash it for different ingredients, but we manage. Once you’ve got kids, it’s much safer to have separate boards for raw meat and fresh fruit and veg.
Kids love to bake. It’s a fantastic, fun and cheap way to spend time doing something fun as a family. But, it’s easier once you’ve got the right gear. You’ll want a mixing bowl that’s big enough to get all of your spoons in, another for icing and decorations, and a few silicon spatulas and spoons.
You might have also spent a long time managing with one baking tray for everything. Once you’ve got a family, you’ll need more. You won’t always eat the same thing, you might need one for dessert, and suddenly pizza night will need your whole oven. A range of different sizes and depths will meet all of your baking tray needs.
Measuring Spoons and Cups
There’s a lot to be said for just guessing, and it will serve you well up to a point. But, if you want to be a better cook, and baker, you need to be more accurate. Some simple jugs and spoons are all that you need.