The kitchen gadgets/equipment thread....

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fab Foodie, 29 Nov 2018.

  1. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    A thread for those kitchen essentials, new-fangled gadgets, non-food kitchen porn....

    In my former years with I cooked from time to time, but the kitchen and cooking was very much MrsFF's domain. But now that I'm chief cook (but not bottle-washer) for @Hill Wimp I'm slowly getting round to sorting kit that works for me and what doesn't. The Motorhome and lots of outdoor cooking is also the opportunity to acquire more cooking toys that please me greatly!

    So to kick things off, here is an essential old venerable cast-iron pan for the morning's fried eggs. Now fully seasoned it's as slippery as Teflon (with none of the Teflon downsides).


    ...and something new that arrived today!


    A Hawkins 'Classic' 3L pressure cooker!

    What's working for you?
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  2. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran


    Failing that I am a big fan of my electric pressure cooker and a old slow cooker. Nothing better than getting in from work with hungry kids and getting a decent meal on the table within 10 minutes.
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  3. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Over the Hill
    I like my pressure cooker too. It's a bit more bruised than that shiny new one of yours FF.
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  4. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    It's something new to me, have never used one before. My thinking is it would be great to buy dry beans and pulses rather than canned, fast soup-making and gas-efficient in the Motorhome!

    I'll start a separate thread on Pressure cookers and their uses....
  5. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    Years ago i could prepare and cook say lamb chops, veg and potatoes, cook in a pressure cooker in less than half an hour total. The juices made excellent gravy as well.
    It always bothered me they were made from aluminium and i used to (probably uneccessarily) worry about it leaching into the food. Havnt used one for years but they are supremely useful. of the new ones. My wife got one and it makes fabulous, cheap soups from often reduced price veg. I'm not normally a soup lover but i happily eat it made in her machine.
  6. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I think Aluminium is fine unless using really acidic recipes. Teflon concerns me more.
  7. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Pressure cooker take's me make many a meal cooked in one by my mum. They are great things and useful for all sorts.
    For me my Go to's are slow cooker and my trusty kenwood chef and its mix of attachments
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  8. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Don't use the pressure cooker to cook fresh pulses: after soaking in cold water, pulses need to be boiled fully, lid off, for at least 5 minutes (I normally boil for 10), to release gases harmful to digestion.
    Then simmer until tender.
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  9. Markymark

    Markymark Guest

  10. MontyVeda

    MontyVeda a short-tempered ill-controlled small-minded troll

    Most recent additions to my kitchen is some half and quarter size baking trays... ideal when cooking for one.
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  11. slowmotion

    slowmotion Quite dreadful

    lost somewhere
    I'm a hopeless tool freak so I've got these two. A solid lump of stainless steel for crushing garlic, etc, and a pair of evil poultry shears which are really good for crunching up bones to make stock in the trusty pressure cooker. P1030721.JPG
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  12. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Interesting, thanks Pat. I was reading-around yesterday and saw this on a similar topic:
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  13. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I hate it when I go to my sister in law's and have to use her crappy potato I got her this for Christmas!


    Ain't I just a gent.

    (They're only about three quid, and once you've used one you'll never use any other.)
  14. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    oooo, me likey!
  15. OP
    Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

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