The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where you nourish both the body and the soul. For me, making cooking easy and enjoyable is essential to living a more sustainable life as it allows me to create great meals, the majority of the time at least, made from ingredients that I chose and know where most of it came from.
I’ve gathered our favourite tools and utensils that make cooking enjoyable and fun, these are also tools that you’ll love for many years to come!
Essential sustainable kitchen utensils
Stainless Steel Cookware
My mom, to this day, has a set of good quality stainless steel pots and pans that she’s had since moving into her first home over 50 years ago. If you buy a versatile set of good quality, thick based, stainless steel cookware, it really is a purchase for life. Don’t fall for the non-stick coated versions as this is not likely to last long, the coating will come off eventually and there are many stories about the toxicity of these coatings.
In my experience, the only reason why stainless steel may not last forever is if you leave them unattended on the stove as the bottom will buckle when they get grossly overheated. This happened in our kitchen, we mourned our expensive Le Cruset pan for several months before eventually replacing it. Let’s say we won’t be doing that again!
A Set of Good Quality Knives
Having a good set of basic knives can go a long way. You don’t need every possible option, just a solid basic set to get started is good and will save you a few tears next time you slice onions.
Whether you’re chopping a chunky pumpkin or portioning a high-welfare or organic chicken, a good set of knives makes easy work of a tedious task. Just mind your fingers, good knife skills will help you to keep your pointy ones intact.
I love Wusthof, they produce German precision knives that will last you many years if you treat them well. We own this classic series 3 piece set. It is a great starter set and comes with a Classic 20cm Cook’s Knife, Classic 16cm Utility Knife and Classic 9cm Paring Knife.
Enamel Oven Roaster
An enamel oven roaster with lid is invaluable. I use mine to roast just about anything, given the versatility of the lid you can steam and slow cook in the oven for extra tender veggies and meats.