Getting Back To Basics In The Kitchen

Back to Basics in the kitchen

Today we have almost lost the art of cooking in the home. We have so many products that skimp off a little time here and there to lessen the time it takes to make a meal. Now even if you do technically cook your own meals at home, are you really doing it alone? How many crockpots, panini makers, and pressure cookers help you along the way? This isn’t to say you need to shun modern technology and go back to some dark primitive time of cooking outside on a bare fire pit. I’m a busy mom, so I love being able to speed up meals! But, there are times I love to take my time with dinner. (Obvi, when my hubs has the kiddos on his watch lol)  We live in a busy time. We must not lose our touch for cooking with pure integrity, doing everything ourselves from start to finish, by hand. In fact, the equipment you need to cook with on your own is far cheaper than all the modern gizmos combined. Here’s what you need to get back to the kitchen basics.

A Chef’s Best Friend

Ask any top Masterchef what is their most important tool in the kitchen, and he or she will you that it’s always going to be a top quality kitchen knife. Quite literally countless household kitchens don’t have great or good kitchen knives. They make cooking so much easier, as the sharp blade of a knife that can cut through anything, lessen your mental and physical stress but also keep the food better intact.

How many times have you had to cut a piece of meat over and over because the knife you’re using hasn’t done the job you need it to do? Some of the best kitchen knives of 2018 all have one thing in common; top quality metal. A high quality, thin, a piece of stainless steel is the chef’s best friend. Get a set of the best knives you can afford and it will be one of the best kitchen investments you make.

Watching it Boil

Pots and pans are the most used kitchen utensils. For the majority of our food such as pasta, porridge, soups, casseroles, stews and for boiling, pans are irreplaceable. Older pans that have been used go through a transformation and become less effective. Because they heat up and expand and then contract when they cool down again, eventually the seal of the pan is less effective at keeping the heat in. when the lid is put on you may see steam coming out from the sides and not through the air hole on the top.

Modern non-stick and high-quality cooking pan sets have stronger structures and metals that last longer. Because they also have a hotspot in the center, the hob from underneath can remain on low but the pan itself still conducts enough heat to cook most meals. You save on bills and produce less waste. This also means that it takes less time to cook your meals. Preparing the meal might take longer than actually cooking it and plating it up ready for the family.

Making a Comeback

Cast iron pans and pots have been treated a bit like an ugly duckling. They take a bit of getting used to as they don’t cook ingredients the way the more common stainless steel and iron utensils do. People tend to veer away from cast iron skillets because they don’t have a non-stick surface and also are very good at absorbing heat quickly. Washing can be a chore also as if you leave the water to dry in a cast iron utensil, it will rust. Also if you don’t put a protective layer of oil on cast iron when you put it in the dishwasher, again it too will begin to rust.

However cast iron pots, pans and skillets are making a comeback. They’re excellent to cook red meat in, such as steaks and lamb. They get hot quickly and hold the heat so cooking a sauce in order to thicken it, is very easy. They’re overall a very versatile piece of kitchenware.

Back to Basics in the kitchen

Back to the Kitchen Basics

It feels so much more rewarding when you cook meals from scratch using only the kitchen basics. You are much more in tune with your food and the process it takes to create a delicious meal. 

What is your favorite thing to cook from scratch?

I Finally Got a Pressure Cooker and This Is What Happened

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

When I moved in with my husband six years ago, we didn’t have a stove. In fact, we didn’t have a stove for a year. Yes. A YEAR!

What did I do?

I used my Crockpot religiously. I was obsessed with it. So much so, that when we finally got a stove, I stood and looked at it like it was so unidentified object that I have never seen before. Obviously, I began using it, but the Crockpot was and has been my go to.

Until now.

I recently got a pressure cooker and let me just say: GAME CHANGER.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

Cook an entire meal in 20 minutes? You have my attention.

My first meal was a Hawaiian Chicken dinner that I found on Pinterest. Check it out here. Instead of making it a sheet pan recipe, I put it all in the pressure cooker minus the rice.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

So delicious! Since it was my first time using it, it took me a bit longer to cook because I was learning, but still 30 minute meal? Perfect for this busy momma!

Then I decided to try spaghetti squash. It usually takes 45 minutes to an hour to cook a spaghetti squash in the oven. It took 15 minutes in the pressure cooker. It took the same amount of time to boil regular spaghetti for the rest of the family.

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

My most recent experience was with hard boiled eggs. 5 minutes! BOOM!

I got a pressure cooker and this is what happened

Needless to say, I kind of felt like I was cheating on my Crockpot, but I know I will be using the pressure cooker all the time. It’s going to make meal prepping so much easier since I can cook things much quicker.

Check out the pressure cooker and other kitchenware and appliances at TOBOX. Use promo code: MRSNAUANDFOREVER2 to save 50%!

If you already use a pressure cooker, what is your favorite recipe?

Laura was given this product in exchange for her honest review. All thoughts and opinions are her own.

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My Review of Vremi Kitchen Bundle + A Giveaway!

Now that I’m a grown up, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

Honestly, I never knew how important that room was until I had my own family. Nonetheless, kitchen items have become a pretty big deal to me. I love kitchen gadgets!

The nerd in me was pretty stoked to try out some new gadgets from Vremi.(Stay with me so you can enter the giveaway!)

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First of all, I love colors, so this knife set definitely got my eye. Vremi is super witty when it comes to their packaging too. With all the cooking and meal prepping that I do, I use my existing knife set (that we got as a wedding gift 5 years ago) a lot. Two of the knives broke, so I have been on a hunt for a replacement set.

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I have never ground my own coffee beans, but I have always wanted to do it. I’m also putting together a little coffee bar on my kitchen counter, so this coffee grinder goes perfectly.

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My review of vremi kitchen bundle

Do I Recommend These Kitchen Gadgets?

So, I know that you can’t buy kitchen items based on witty marketing and pretty colors. However, I totally recommend these products. The knives are sharp and obviously serve their purpose while being aesthetically pleasing. They are stainless steel, BPA free and lead free.

As for the coffee grinder, I had no idea how easy it would be. The sharp blades grind the coffee quickly. It also has little silicone feet so no need to worry about it sliding around. Plus, it only takes seconds to grind the coffee. Easy peasy!

Here’s The Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway below to win your own Vremi coffee grinder and knife set!

Win the Vremi Coffee Grinder and Knife Set #9Disclosure: Laura was given these items for an honest review. All opinions in this post are her own.

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