Some essentials for your kitchen
Here are some things you might want to consider adding to your next Christmas or birthday list.
A new non-stick frying pan. Most frying pans are like people's toothbrushes, they were really efficient once, but as time went on they wore out, but you didn't really notice (remember that story about the boiling frog). Get a really good, brand new, non-stick frying pan.
A gravy separator. This is really little more than a glass pouring jug that pours from the bottom of the jug. What it enables you to do is pour from the bottom of your gravy mix, allowing you to have the flavour of the meat juices etc, but leaving the fat behind, as the fat floats on the surface.
Pestle and mortar. Essentially for decent grinding of those spices that you are using to spice up your foods to make them more interesting. and remember, people with weight issues tend to crave high flavours, so get a book on spices and get down that Asian wholesalers and enquire as to what they recommend for you. It will open up a whole new world of flavours.
Fat absorbing mats. These are strange foil type mats that you put under your meat when you grill or bake it. The mats will absorb the fat that leaks out without affecting the quality of the cooking.
A steamer. Get two types. Get the stainless steel types of vegetable steamers, and also the bamboo type that you will find in your ethnic food stores. The bamboo steamers impart a flavour into the vegetables or rice as you use them.
What are your favourite kitchen gadgets that you recommend to others? Let us know in the comments section below!