3 Purchases That Will Make Cooking Easier

Sharpening the knife with whetstone Whether you’re just diving into the world of cooking and you’re feeling kind of overwhelmed, or you’re a seasoned hand wishing that some of the grunt work of cooking was a bit easier, a...

Sharpening the knife with whetstone
Sharpening the knife with whetstone

Whether you’re just diving into the world of cooking and you’re feeling kind of overwhelmed, or you’re a seasoned hand wishing that some of the grunt work of cooking was a bit easier, a few key purchases could transform your cooking experience. These items will make chopping, preparing and baking go by faster and easier — so you can enjoy the results sooner.

Knife Sharpener

A dull knife makes it harder to cut and can prove more straining on your muscles to use. If you’re wondering why all the vegetable chopping and meat slicing you do is taking so long and proving to be so much effort, a knife gone dull may be why. Don’t invest in all new knives (although you can if they’re old). Instead, use a knife sharpener to make cutting a breeze.

Dutch Oven

If you’re looking to cut back on preparation time more than cooking time, you can’t go wrong with a Dutch oven. A Dutch oven is the perfect piece of baking ware for recipes that require you to do little more than toss in the ingredients, cover and leave it to bake for hours. Flavors are richer in these thick pots, and the food requires little monitoring.

Mandoline or Slicer

It’s difficult and time-consuming to chop vegetables just thin enough to cook to perfection. A mandoline or slicer makes julienne and crinkle cuts a breeze at any thickness. They’re a must for chefs fond of stews, soups, and sautees especially.

Some people enjoy the act of cooking homemade food, and others at least know that fresh-from-scratch food provides many more health benefits than instant meals. However, just because you’re willing to spend a little longer cooking healthier foods doesn’t mean you have to spend way more time than necessary. Make cooking go by faster with a few simple kitchen tools.