Equipment for new-to-cooking?

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FEVERDIVA

Equipment for new-to-cooking?

Having read Delias book on how to cook, I've decided to give things a try but I can't find the manufacturers for pans/utensils etc that she recommends. Budget isn't really too much of an issue as I plan to build up my collection over the next few years-so any recommendations for great/essential equipment?

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Yummy

Cooking Equipment

Have you clicked on the Equipment link above on the blue bar ? This should give you a good idea of what are essentials.

Make a list of what you think you would like to buy from the basics, and then visit a "Cook Shop", Boots have them and you can browse to your hearts content.Or on-line, there are numerous sites to be found.
It can be a very expensive outlay so I would look carefully, decide on what you need, would you like to Bake or Cook?
There can be quite different utensils for each activity.

good luck, and welcome

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JAMES

Kitchen Equiptment

Yummy, Boots? Kitchen stuff? I thought they stopped all of that years ago. Just medicines make up and toiletries now innit?

However, the advice is sound.

Delias How to Cook books were written some years ago, so may be slightly out of date, but the DOL team keep the site here up to date, so look at the equipment section, decide what you will be doing at first, and make a list. Lakeland offer an excellent mail order service, but you may be lucky enough to have a local cookshop, very rare these days though.

Good luck, and keep coming on here to ask questions. We are a nice bunch!

XX

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Yummy

Really !!

"Yummy, Boots? Kitchen stuff? I thought they stopped all of that years ago. Just medicines make up and toiletries now innit?

Just goes to show how out of touch I am James.......sorry if I gave misleading advice....used to love the Cookshop too...
I googled it and found that the Chelsmford one has now been replaced by the Opticians !!!

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JAMES

Yummy.

Here, all the big Boots stores have closed. They used to sell Tvs, hi fi's, kitchen stuff etc. Not any more.

For example, years ago, Mum worked in the then, biggest they had even opened, in Kingston. Two floors but both huge. Now the top floor is just blocked off, nothing up there at all.

Personally, I thought Boots were good at it, Mum still has loads of stuff, Boots branded electric carving knive, set of every day croc that sort of thing, but they don't do it anymore.

It really is just pharmacy, make up, toiletries, opticians, and now many have dentists, and Drs surgeries (private walk in type) in them too. But not much else. I rarely use the shop anymore.

Oh, they still do the sandwiches, cans of drink etc for the lunchtime crowd.

XXX

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Essex Girl

Boots Carving Knife

I've got one of those, too, James which was given to me one Christmas by some friends from Australia when they came to stay. It still works very well and I always think of them when carving the turkey!

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violet eyes

Timothy Whites

Does anyone remember Timothy Whites? on payday, before I got married, I used to go in our one in town and buy lots of useful things for my first kitchen. I'm sure I'm still using some of it. It's a shame they closed down.

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JAMES

No idea.

But for some reason, when I was about five years old, Mum worked part time in a pub, and the irish bloke in there as a customer always called me "Timothy White". "Irish John" was his name funnily enough....

I never knew what he was talking about but he usually had a sweet in his pocket for me so I didn't care............

XXX

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Nausea Bagwash

Equipment

"Having read Delias book on how to cook, I've decided to give things a try but I can't find the manufacturers for pans/utensils etc that she recommends. Budget isn't really too much of an issue as I plan to build up my collection over the next few years-so any recommendations for great/essential equipment?"

John Lewis have a good kitchen dept although when I was looking for a wedding present last week it all looked like the stuff you buy when you want to decorate your kitchen rather than because you want to actually cook with it.

Don't despise IKEA for kitchen implements. They do reasonably priced pots and pans and a useful range of Le Creuset look-a-likes. They are also very good for knives and other small utensils.

A good (but not necessarily extortionately expensive) pressure cooker for things like pulses and boiling pieces of gammon and for the initial cooking of oranges for marmalade.

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Rose Water

Essential Kit

I love kitchen equipment and lucky enough or just old enough to more or less have what I want. My daughter and 3 daughters in law are relatively new to this and we have great fun sharing ideas etc. Their budgets are restricted but I think every cooking household should have one of those small choppers with stick blender and whisk,mine is indispensable and cheap and I use it more than my expensive and temporarally out of action Kitchenaid. I only use a hand held whisk for baking and though I think the tabletop machines look fab I just don't get it. I don't have a lot of electicals but can get very excited about pans. I prefer silicone spoons to wooden ones. I also have a bit of a thing for melamine but that's purely personal. I could go on and on. Don't get me started. I love my induction hob, no I really will stop now. Have lots of fun.

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Gerry

equipment

" any recommendations for great/essential equipment?"
For me, game scissors/poultry shears.
Oven thermometer, jam therm. and especially meat thermometer.

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Essex Girl

Scissors

I don't have any poultry scissors but you've reminded me Gerry that I wouldn't be without kitchen scissors for cutting meat into cubes, etc. - much prefer them to knives for this.

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Gerry

cutting meat

Essex Girl, much easier to cut if it's partly frozen first.

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Clarebear76

Silicone spoons.

"I love kitchen equipment and lucky enough or just old enough to more or less have what I want. My daughter and 3 daughters in law are relatively new to this and we have great fun sharing ideas etc. Their budgets are restricted but I think every cooking household should have one of those small choppers with stick blender and whisk,mine is indispensable and cheap and I use it more than my expensive and temporarally out of action Kitchenaid. I only use a hand held whisk for baking and though I think the tabletop machines look fab I just don't get it. I don't have a lot of electicals but can get very excited about pans. I prefer silicone spoons to wooden ones. I also have a bit of a thing for melamine but that's purely personal. I could go on and on. Don't get me started. I love my induction hob, no I really will stop now. Have lots of fun."

Silicone spatulas and spoons are awesome!! About £2 in Sainsbury's.

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kadeshi

a must have

a really good chopping board is my essential,good knives and good pans.thats your expenseive lay out the rest comes with time.i personally need a bigger kitchen,as either my kitchen is too small,or i have too much kit.

 
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