Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Kitchenware: Stock a Kitchen Properly

By Jeremy Starkle

Owning a well-stocked kitchen is worth taking the time and effort to complete, not only in terms of pantry requirements, but also in terms of the kitchenware that makes it possible to prepare food as well. This can refer to a group of items, including cookware, utensils, baking dishes and kitchen appliances. Before stocking your kitchen, it's a good idea to think about what type of cooking that you do the most. If someone is a big baker, for example, it makes sense to purchase a great set of baking dishes for all the various types of cakes and bread that you may make.

Kitchenware has a long history, and in ancient pre-kitchen times simply would refer to the clay or stone bowls used to heat up food over the fire. As people learned to manipulate metal, the possibilities started growing in terms of types of pots and pans that were invented, and recipes grew more complicated with these possibilities. This led to the birth of what we know now as modern cuisine.

For the person who is interested in doing a lot of frying, the set of frying pans that is accumulated is important. Specific kitchenware has been invented to make frying easier, and the advent of non-stick technology is extremely helpful for pan-frying. This ensures that food will not get stuck to the bottom of the pan and ruin it or get burned. Deep fryers are also available, that completely submerge food into a vat of hot oil to give it a uniform crunch.

Utensils are a necessary part of kitchenware. In Western cultures, this consists of a fork, spoon, and knife set. You can get these in different materials, such as the traditional silver. Stainless steel is one of the most widespread types of utensil material. In Eastern cultures, chopsticks are generally used; they're usually made out of wood, plastic or metal.

Appliances in the kitchen range in their level of complexity, but all are designed to give the chef less manual work to do. Kitchenware in the appliance category can include the basic blenders, beaters, and food processors. More complicated items include microwave ovens, pasta makers, ice cream makers, and juicers. Basically, whatever possible type of food that could be prepared probably has its own appliance that makes its preparation easier and more hands-off for the cook. Standards of convenience grow every day, with new inventions making cooking more fuss-free than ever before.

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