When you set up your kitchen after having moved countries, it becomes evident what pieces of kitchen equipment you rate as indispensible.
I brought my knives and whites (chef outfits) in my suitcase and I had loaded my most valuable recipes to my online notebook.
We first stayed in a serviced apartment, the very basic kitchen helped identify what I needed first.
The pressure cooker, the small scratched pots were too small to make soups for 3 people in or boil pasta. It seemed like a good first purchase, being a large pot and it makes dinner super speedy.
My first pressure cooker was a innox, to begin with it seemed fine, but it leaked water and foods easily stuck to the bottom. This time we chose a Tefal it rated highly on amazon, price compared well with good reviews. It lives on my stove top now. Nothing has ever stuck to the bottom, even a small portion of steel cut oats are easy to cook in it. Love it! I saw this model on Masterchef, my thinking is that they would only use good products.
The stick blender I didn’t have one of these for the last few years as I used my kenwood blender for smoothies and soups. As we were in a very small short-term rental it was a good compromise. Using the stick blender in the pressure cooker after making a quick vege soup was great during our first month in Scotland. It is handy, easy to use and doesn’t take up much space but not good enough for nut cheeses and really smooth purees.
The Blender – I thought I didn’t really need one. We have an apartment now and I am working on developing and increasing my WFBP repertoire. While I was doing a Raw Food Nutritionist Certificate I decided it is actually essential if I want to produce beautifully smooth puree or creamy cashew yoghurts and cheeses.
I bought an Optimum 9400. I was shopping for a Vitamix as I have used them before in commericial kitchens and they have a good reputation. Why did I choose the Optimum 9400, I read thewebpage comparing the 2 blenders, it seemed a good choice and was definitely cheaper when purchased directly from Froothie.
At first I found the lid alittle award to remove, the angled interior makes it hard to scrape out the contents, but they give you a skinny spatula, and the interior angles are designed channel the contents of the jug when pouring. To be honest I have never analysed the vitamix when I use it, it’s just a work tool that I have had to use so never really thought about it. Very happy with this purchase and use it almost daily.
I am not paid in anyway for my opinions on the products I choose to use in my kitchen. I chose to purchase them after some research. All opinions are my own.