Friday, November 16, 2012

How to Equip Your Kitchen

When you move into a new home, one of the biggest challenges you face is setting up your kitchen. You have to decide where to put your pots and pans, how to store your dinnerware and what drawer is best for your flatware. Though you certainly do not want to add to your workload, this is a great time to take a survey of your kitchen equipment and ensure that you have everything you need. You may find that you have been making do with certain items for years, when a quick addition or two would make cooking much easier. Set aside a few hours to sift through your woks, aluminum cookware and stainless and pots and pans, then use this checklist to make sure you have the best.

When sorting through your cookware, make sure that every item you keep is high quality and highly functional. Aluminum quality cookware does not pit or accumulate scratches. If yours is dented or scratched, discard it and buy a new one. Anodized aluminum home cookware from brands like Anolon® and Emeril® can last for decades, so there is no reason to hang onto a pan of lesser quality. Also, make sure that any wok you have is non-stick. Non-stick woks are much easier to cook in, and they are not any more expensive than stainless steel varieties. Lastly, make sure your stainless steel pans are shiny, and polish them with stainless steel cleaner if they are not.
Moving into a new home is a busy event, but it is also a great time to re-evaluate your kitchen items and get rid of the ones that no longer serve their purpose. Keep these tips in mind, and you could be cooking more easily and quickly.