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I finally made it, an infographic on the most important things in my kitchen. This includes food as well!
Susanna’s Kitchen Essentials Infographic
I first bought this because I wanted to make smoothies that do not have chunks like Jamba Juice, and this is by far the most used item in my kitchen. It’s costly, but so absolutely worth it because I use it almost every day. My favourite thing to blend are frozen fruits like bananas to make banana ice cream. I also love using it to make bars, sauces, smoothies and everything else you can imagine. The Vitamix really helps make healthy living so much easier!
Fresh and Frozen Fruits
Fruits are so important in our house, and we love to have a rainbow selection. My favourites are bananas (so perfect and creamy when frozen), blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, apples, oranges, grapes and lemon. I love using grapes as sweeteners sometimes, and lemons are so good as juice for anything.
Kale is such an amazing superfood with a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. It has more Vitamin K than most other veggies, and lots of calcium and iron. I love blending the kale in smoothies as you don’t taste it as much. Other than that, kale chips are fun to make, as well as cooking them in soups or stews.
There’s something about mason jars that seem to go hand in hand with smoothies. I just love using these jars as the glass and shape makes the drink taste extra good. They’re brilliant as well to put sauces and such too.
I like to use a large non-stick pot like the image because the smaller ones can run out of space easily. I love making soups, stir frying vegetables or anything else in those pots. Although to use non-stick, it’s important to have lots of wooden spoons in the house as well.
The Laguiole knife is a set of stainless steel steak knife but I find them absolutely amazing for veggies and fruits, because it’s sharp and small. I always hated using those chef knife because they’re not strong enough, and these are so amazing. They just cut right through some hard to cut skins.
Whether it’s making plain oatmeal or flavoured, or used as an ingredient for cookies, homemade dessert bars, granola and such, oatmeal is used often in our kitchen. I sometimes grind up oats into a flour to make pancakes and cookies.
Herbs and Spices
I always make sure there’s one of each spice and herb in the house, because with a vast amount, you can pretty much cook dishes from any particular nationality. I love to have a stock of fresh herbs too, as fresh just delivers a whole new taste. Some of my favourite herbs and spices: Basil, rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaves, cinnamon.
Salt and Pepper
Himalayan pink salt is the type of salt I love using for all my cooking. It flavours food so amazingly and it’s much healthier than the regular white salt. I use it with almost all main dishes I make. Pepper is amazing as well, I use plenty of that!
When I need carrot matchsticks or want to use zucchini as pasta, I love using the julienne peeler for them as they make the job so much easier than cutting them in individual small, thin pieces. This is the easier version of the spiraliser and I don’t know what I’d do without it!