Eating healthy is not always easy, but it can be immensely rewarding, especially when you make your own meals from scratch.
And, eating out can come with some daunting drawbacks. Eating out on a diet can result in sky-high prices, research found vegans in the United Kingdom pay up to 65% more than their non-vegan counterparts. Many Canadians are prompted with the same harsh reality when they try to eat nutritionally outside of their own kitchen.
One of the cheapest and best ways to make sure you are eating healthy is to cook for yourself, but this often requires a little investment up front. Having high-quality cooking equipment that makes your life in the kitchen does not have to break the bank, and it can save you money in the long run as opposed to eating out or buying processed foods at the store.
You don’t have to buy an industrial kitchen that could compete with professional chefs either, so here are a few small items that could really improve your kitchen and eating habits.
A small food processor can really cut down on the time needed to prepare your meal, and it is great to use if you have a busy lifestyle. It will cut down on repetitive food tasks like chopping and cutting and can get your ingredients on the stove or in the over much faster.
There are a variety of options when it comes to food processors, and some will include a laundry list of features. But a simple compact food processor will be sufficient for most small households, and it can really speed up your cooking process and get you eating healthier, faster.
Pots and Pans
You might be tempted to go for the cheapest pots and pans you can find at a discount store, but wear and tear really depreciates the value in going cheap on these items. If you plan to use it every day, it might be wiser to invest a little more in higher quality cookery.
Once again, you have a whole host of choice when it comes to pots and pans, and your personal choice will largely depend on what your needs are. Some pots will be suitable for all kitchen types, while others will have more specialized uses that are often found in professional kitchens.
Whatever your needs are, investing a little bit of research and time into the essentials will yield better results and start your cooking experience off with a good start.
Similar to cookery, a durable knife is often more cost-efficient than buying the most inexpensive item. Once again, it largely depends on what type of cooking your expecting to be doing as to what knife will be best for your kitchen.
Do you plan to be cooking a lot of meat, or is your diet more plant-based? Different equipment will be necessary for different diets, and this is important to consider when budgeting for kitchen equipment.
As with many things in life, there are many different approaches to setting up your kitchen. But, whatever works for you is likely to improve your life if it gives you the motivation to prepare more home-cooked meals.
Cooking from home and eating with family can be a great way to keep up and socialize in an increasingly digital world. And don’t forget, cooking can be a great date idea!