Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for a healthy lifestyle and good well-being. A balanced diet should provide all the necessary nutrients required by the body; hence the foundation of healthy eating starts with your kitchen. In order to prepare and cook healthy meals having the right kitchen tools are a must. Here is a list of must-have kitchen tools that make healthy cooking convenient and stress free.
Cutting boards are a vital tool in any kitchen. However, it is essential to have separate cutting boards for fruits and vegetables, raw meats and seafood to prevent cross-contamination. Using separate cutting boards for different types of food ensures that harmful bacteria do not spread from one food item to another. The Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Board Set a simple-yet-effective colour-coded system of boards with a smart storage case and four, knife-friendly chopping boards, with non-slip feet and crumb-catching edges. Each board has an index-style tab with an icon indicating whether it should be used for cooked food, raw fish, vegetables, or meat.
Kitchen Knife Set:
Investing in a good set of kitchen knives is important for any kitchen. A good set of kitchen knives should include a chef's knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife. A chef's knife is a multipurpose knife used for chopping, slicing, and dicing. A paring knife is used for peeling and slicing small fruits and vegetables. A serrated knife is ideal for cutting bread and tomatoes. When selecting knives, look for high-quality stainless-steel blades and a comfortable handle. It's also important to keep your knives sharp, which can be done using a sharpening stone. The Joseph Jospeh Elevate Knives 5-piece Slim Block Knife Set includes five knives Paring knife, Serrated knife, Santoku knife, Chef’s knife, Bread knife with Japanese stainless-steel blades and ergonomic handles and two-stage ceramic sharpener in base.
Steaming is a healthy cooking method that preserves the nutrients in vegetables and fish. Steaming is an excellent way to cook vegetables without adding any extra fat or calories. A steamer basket is an essential tool for any kitchen and the Steaming Pod Set from Joseph Joseph is the ultimate collection of practical, space-saving set. Most compact in-pan steamers only have one cooking compartment. Nest™ Steam, however, provides three individual pods that are ideal for small portions of vegetables and other foods.
No kitchen is complete without a good set of non-stick kitchen pans ready to tackle tricky sauce for creamy pasta dishes, deliciously fragrant curries and classic vanilla custard to pour over puddings. Zyliss non-stick cookware is ideal for cooking healthy meals with minimal oil and butter. The 3-Layer PFOA Free non-stick pan is reinforced with ultimate ceramic coating and is also metal tool safe. Just to add to their versatility, you can also use this cookware in the oven.
Food Storage Containers:
Food storage containers are essential for meal prep and storing leftovers. Meal prep is an excellent way to ensure that you have healthy meals ready to go when you need them. Storing leftovers in food storage containers is also a great way to reduce food waste. You can also use food containers to store fresh fruits and vegetables, which helps keep them fresh for longer. Zoku Neat Stack Food Containers provide a long-lasting chill that keeps food fresh for hours and the lid helps you stack the food containers easily and neatly to minimize clutter in your kitchen.
Measuring Cups and Spoons:
Measuring cups and spoons are necessary for portion control and accuracy when following recipes. Portion control is crucial for maintaining a healthy diet, as it helps ensure that you are not eating too much or too little of a particular food item. Accurate measurements are also essential for ensuring that your recipes turn out correctly.
Baking sheets are great for roasting vegetables and making healthy snacks like roasted chickpeas. Roasting vegetables is an excellent way to bring out their natural flavours, and it is a healthy cooking method that requires little to no added fat. Baking sheets are also great for making healthy snacks like roasted chickpeas, which are an excellent source of protein and fiber.
Salads are to ensure consumption of fresh vegetable. A salad spinner helps to remove excess water from vegetables and makes it easier to prepare a healthy salad. Removing excess water from vegetables helps to ensure that your salad dressing sticks to the vegetables, which makes your salad more flavourful. The Joseph Joseph Multi-Prep 4-Piece Salad Preparation Set is a clever bowl set features four interchangeable discs for different salad preparation tasks – salad spinning, spiralizing, grating and slicing.
Then there are the commonly overlooked tools, which albeit small are extremely handy.
Vegetable peeler: A vegetable peeler is used for peeling vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and cucumbers. It can also be used to create vegetable ribbons for salads and garnishes.
Potato masher: A potato masher is used to mash cooked vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes. It can also be used to make mashed avocado or banana for baking.
Citrus juicer: A citrus juicer is used to extract juice from lemons, limes, and oranges. It can also be used to extract juice from other fruits like pomegranates. The Joseph Josephs Dual-action Citrus Press Squeezes and reams juice from fruit in one neat design while trapping pips and pulp for easy disposal.
Garlic press: A garlic press is used to mince garlic cloves quickly and easily. It's an essential tool for making healthy sauces and marinades.
The right kitchen tools make cooking convenient and quick allowing you to serve and consume more meals which are high on health and nutrition.