Must-have kitchen equipment for 2021

2020, the year of the pandemic, taught us what great meals you can prepare at home and still feel like you’re having dinner at fancy restaurants. Even though restaurants are about to reopen pretty much everywhere, why give up on your newly-found passion for home cooking? And every 5 star chef needs good kitchen equipment. Here are a few of the most sought-after kitchen utensils of 2021.

Cast Iron Wok

You cannot call yourself a cook if you don’t have a cast iron wok in your kitchen. Or maybe you can, but your life is so much harder in the kitchen. Once you start using a cast iron wok you’ll want to use it for most of the food you make.

It’s perfect for a stir-fry, but you can also use it for deep frying or for putting some meat to cook in the oven.

A wok made of cast iron has the advantage that it heats evenly so there’s no risk of burning part of the food or leaving some of your veggies undercooked. At the same time, cast iron has natural non-stick properties, so you can go easy on the oil and prepare healthy meals.

The glass and silicone lid is great for keeping the food hot and it also helps keep moisture in, so the meal will be ready to serve whenever you are.

Avocado Slicer

Do you find avocados to be a bit finicky? Well, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there’s a new thing called avocado slicer which makes it easy to deal with this otherwise yummy and nutritious fruit. If you like avocado on toast, the avocado slicer helps you peel, pit and slice the fruit in a few seconds, without making a mess on the kitchen top.

Food Thermometer

This is a must-have if you love steaks and roasts. Whenever you’re dealing with a large piece of meat, it’s very hard to know if it’s done and, of course, if it’s done to your liking, because some prefer their meat rare while others will have it medium rare. A food thermometer is easy to use. Just stick the long needle inside the piece of meat and you will have an instant reading of its core temperature so you’ll know if it’s done in the middle and not just on the surface.

Pancake Batter Mixer

Who doesn’t like pancakes for breakfast? Yet, it’s also the time of day when you’re in a hurry and don’t want to make a mess in the kitchen. This is where the pancake batter mixer comes in handy. All you have to do is add the ingredients through the large opening, drop in a small thingy called ‘blender ball’, screw the lid back on and shake the mixer for 30 seconds. The batter will be ready almost instantly and you can use the smaller upper opening to drop it in the pan. By the way, cast iron woks are great for making pancakes, too.

The best part of this pancake batter mixer is that it’s super easy to clean. Just take the lid off and rinse it for like 30 seconds and you’re done.

Adjustable Rolling Pin

Don’t you hate it when you’re making pastry and the recipe calls for the dough to have a certain thickness or diameter? How does that even work? The adjustable rolling pin is a new invention and, yes, it comes with precise measurements on the pin itself. Some models also include color-coded easy to use charts to help you make the perfect dough and cut it to measure. This way all your pastries will be amazing and if they aren’t, well, you’ll have no excuse left to use!

What is so special about tofu food?

If you are interested in a healthy lifestyle or just love to cook, you’ve probably already noticed the increasing popularity of a product called tofu. Although this traditional product of East and South-east Asian cuisine has been known for over 2,000 years, nowadays it seems that it is being rediscovered. It is becoming a food used in the whole world and is highly valued for its beneficial properties. What are they? After answering this question we will discover the key to the popularity of tofu.

Tofu contains amino acids that are essential for our bodies. In order for the body’s cells to function and regenerate properly, your body needs 20 different amino acids. Without eight of them, the body simply cannot function. They are very important for the functioning of the brain, acids are also responsible for the transfer of information from one nerve cell to another. Amino acids are usually found in animal proteins like meat or eggs. Tofu is also one of the foods that have a lot of amino acids.

It has a great amount of manganese, iron, and copper. These elements are vital to our body. Magnesium is important in the production of proteins as well as carbohydrates, in energy metabolism. Meanwhile, iron helps the blood to perform its functions properly – to transmit burns, protect against diseases, and so on. Finally, copper is involved in the production of the pigment melanin, which protects us from UV sun rays. It also has an analgesic effect, protects against infections, and strengthens the immune system.

Tofu is one of the ways to prevent diseases. It is recommended for those with cardiovascular disease or have hypertension as it has less cholesterol and fewer triglycerides than meat. Furthermore, tofu contains calcium which is an essential nutrient for those who are suffering from osteoporosis, osteopenia, or calcium deficiency disease called hypocalcemia. Finally, the good properties of tofu significantly reduce the chances of cancer as well as to contribute to heart diseases. And these are just some of the beneficial properties of tofu.

It prevents overeating. Tofu is also valued for the feeling of satiety it gives. This means that after eating tofu, you will probably no longer want to have a snack between meals. And sometimes it’s so hard to resist chips or cookies! However, if you feel full, you will not simply want to snack. Problem solved! This way, not only will you be able to maintain a healthy diet, but also avoid unpleasant surprises when getting on the scale.

Consumption of tofu helps to lose weight. As already mentioned, tofu is a particularly saturated product. And most importantly, it is low in calories. It is a product that is especially appreciated by specialists because of its useful properties. It also has a special advantage due to its taste properties. You have the opportunity to use it in a wide variety of dishes, as well as marinate in a marinade you like. This way you can eat tofu though every day. The diet will not be difficult to follow when you can eat various dishes the way you like.

Tofu is a soy-based meat substitute. As is nutritious enough to replace meat, tofu is widely used by vegetarians and vegans. The preparation of this product is very similar to cooking meat. The only difference is that you need to drain tofu. Therefore, it would be useful to have a tofu press in your kitchen. Then you have to marinate it and finally fry, bake or boil it depending on the dish the way you are used to cook meat or vegetables.