Here’s a few tidbits to make your life easier in the kitchen:
- Don’t waste your money on expensive gadgets and/or appliances. You can do a lot with simple tools. Instead take that money and use it toward buying better quality ingredients.
- Grow your herbs and as many fruits and vegetables as you can. It’s easy for me to say this because I live in a place where you can grow food virtually year round. If you’re able to plant a garden then do it. There is no substitute for freshly picked. If you don’t have access to outdoor garden space, you can always grow herbs indoors in a sunny window sill.
- Keep a good supply of staple ingredients on hand
- vegetable oil
- extra virgin olive oil
- kosher salt
- black pepper (in a pepper mill)
- a variety of your favorite spices
- variety of flours and instant yeast for the bakers (these keep well in the freezer)
- Always keep your knives sharp. A sharper knife requires less force to cut, which means more control over the blade and you will be less likely to injure yourself.