Cozy evenings, hot drinks and hearty home cooked meals are what fall and winter are all about. And so having a few good accessories in the kitchen will make your life much easier, allowing you to eat well and enjoy the season. Here are some of the essentials to get you through the fall and winter!
Slow cookers really are genius. You can put in a selection of ingredients in the morning, safely leave the pot on all day and by the evening you have a delicious home cooked dinner all ready to go! With just a little bit of prep chopping ingredients, you can have a dish that requires no cooking effort from you whatsoever. Perfect if you know you’ve got a busy day and don’t have the time or inclination to be slaving over a hot stove in the evening. You don’t have to resort to an unhealthy or expensive takeaway, and it’s much tastier than any pre-packaged meal you could heat up in the microwave. There are lots of slow cooker recipe ideas out there; from old classics which have been adapted to work with long slow cooking, to dishes that are entirely new and unique. From stews to curries, even joints of meat can all be cooked to perfection in this handy little device.
Is there anything more comforting than a hot bowl of soup on a cold day? The perfect way to truly warm your bones. Homemade soups can also be incredibly healthy too, which is an added bonus. So whether you want to make a batch for your family’s lunch or to serve to friends as a dinner party starter, you’ll need the right equipment. Cook down your choice of seasonal vegetables until they’re soft with any seasoning, and then whiz them up using a blender until they’re super smooth. There are two ways you can blend your soup mixture, the easiest way is to use an immersion blender such as this one reviewed by Blender Friend. This method allows you to whiz everything up right from the cooking pot. The second way would be to transfer the mixture to a standard blender (in batches if there’s too much there) and do it this way instead. Don’t ever blend hot liquids or you could cause an accident, let everything cool right down first. Once it’s done it can then be heated back up before pouring into bowls. Stir through some natural yogurt or a drizzle of cream to give it a rich and indulgent finish and garnish with some fresh herbs.
Coffee machines these days come with all kinds of added extras. As well as being convenient for making you the perfect cup of joe, you can buy all sorts of fancy coffee shop style blends. You can even get teas and hot chocolates too, so they’re a great all-rounder to have in the kitchen. It saves you from having to put various different measurements of things into the cup, and each drink comes out just right every time. Enjoy with a good movie or book on the sofa, with plenty of blankets to snuggle up in!
What are your must-have kitchen accessories for the fall and winter?