In the world of ready-made meals and fast food, people are now, more than ever, looking to find ways to make well-prepared, healthy dishes at home. It won’t take you long to run out of stuff to make if you aren’t being venturous enough to try other cuisines from around the world.
Every culture has a unique style and approach that makes it unique. If you make authentic, unforgettable food you will need to try to make them using the same types of cookware and utensil they are meant to be cooked with.
We want to make trying new foods out from your own kitchen as easy as possible, so we have put together a list of cooking utensils and cookware you will likely need to try out new cuisines.
1. Clay pot
Clay pots are earthenwares with proven health benefits.
Cooking with clay pots is a slow process. So, meals cooked using them tend to have deeper flavors. The slow process they use aids in enhancing the overall taste by retaining the ingredient’s natural flavor and aroma.
The clay also typically alkaline, which can help balance the food’s pH level.
Clay pots can be used in oven cooking or directly over fire. China, Sri Lanka, and countries in the Southeast Asia region use this ancient kitchen piece for cooking soup dishes, fish stews, and rice.
2. Tortilla Press
Tortillas are thin flatbread made from corn or flour. They are cherished in Latin America but are adored throughout the world. Tortillas can be used as the base ingredient for foods such as quesadillas, tacos, or a wide array of dishes filled will any sort of filling you can imagine.
A tortilla press is a staple that will give you the advantage of preparing fresh, perfectly round tortillas in your own kitchen.
Tortilla presses come in different varieties and are made of different materials, but cast iron and wooden presses are the most popular
A wok is a high walled, broad, round-bottomed pan that originated in China and has become a popular kitchen piece worldwide. Top chefs and cooks alike appreciate the versatility of a wok in cooking.
Due to its unique shape, it is easier to stir and push the food when cooking. It can be used for frying, boiling, searing, poaching, and roasting. A wok is a must-have because it is one of the most efficient kitchen pieces.
Woks are typically carbon steel or cast iron cookware.
4. Bamboo steamers
Steaming is considered as the healthiest way to cook food. By steaming, food retains all the necessary nutrients and minerals that are often lost when boiled, braised, fried, or grilled. Oils are also not used in this cooking technique, which makes it a healthier option.
Traditionally, bamboo steamers are associated with Asian cuisines, specifically Japanese and Chinese. Many American and European kitchen masters use bamboo steamers in order to replicate the taste.
Bamboo steamers are light and inexpensive. Having it in the kitchen, definitely won’t take a chunk out of your wallet.
5. Pasta maker
Owning a pasta maker is a sure way to prepare, cook, and celebrate genuine Italian cooking.
Pasta has been a long-standing symbol of Italian cuisine. Italians are known for their high regard and respect of gastronomic authenticity. A durable, handy, and reliable pasta maker is a must-have for Italian and non-Italian home cooks alike.
6. Wooden spatulas
Nothing beats going to basics when talking about tradition and authenticity in the kitchen than using wooden spoons or spatulas in your cooking. Wooden spatulas are handy, inexpensive, and earth-friendly. Many kitchens have used these all-around pieces.
As cooking methods vary across cultures, they are always a cause of debate when it comes to deciding what is truly authentic when it comes to food. But don’t get too caught up in whether or not you are making things authentically. Do what works best for you and enjoy the adventure.
We hope this list gives you a place to jump off into a whole new world of cooking. The most important thing is that you enjoy what you cook and have fun cooking it!