The variety of cooking gear may seem overwhelming – especially for new cooks. While the only tools necessary to execute a meal are a sharp knife and a method for heating, the abundance of cooking tech is designed to help make your time in the kitchen simpler and your food taste better. That is, if you know which tools to buy.
Online food ordering became a lifesaver for many homes during the pandemic, experiencing an increase of 123 percent in the U.S. However, Forbes found that a restaurant-delivered meal is five times as expensive as cooking at home. As we enter a recession more and more takeout regulars will be inclined to cut their costs and head to the kitchen. 67 percent of new cooks attribute the switch to saving money. Luckily, with the right gear, the transition to cooking has never been so easy.
The all-time holy grail product for chefs and home cooks alike is an Instant Pot. All you have to do is throw your ingredients in the pot and let it do its magic. The Instant Pot can pressure cook, slow cook, steam, warm, saute, cook rice, or make yogurt. Newer models, like the Instant Pot Pro Plus, come with connected features to make your life even easier. Now you can release steam from the app or even scroll through its hundreds of recipes.
The newest gadget dominating the cooking scene – and for a good reason – is the air fryer. It eliminates the long wait times inherent with heating food in a large oven, which drives many new chefs out of the kitchen. The Instant Vortex 6-quart Air Fryer can fit a chicken but still fits snug on your countertop without creating any eye sores.
Classics are classics for a reason, and one staple product in kitchens for decades remains the KitchenAid mixer. KitchenAid’s assortment of attachments and accessories transform its function from cookie dough mixer to bread kneader, meringue or souffle whipper, and even pasta maker, ice cream mixer, or meat grinder.
For those who want to make sauces, soups, or just finely dice up vegetables in a flash the CuisinArt Core Custom Food Processor is a necessary purchase for you. A tip for new cooks who don’t want to labor in the kitchen mincing or grating garlic, onions, or veggies any time you want to cook is to just food process a lot of any vegetable at once and freeze it, so you can add it to dishes whenever you want.
Start with these cooking gadget staples to go from expert eater to expert chef.