I’ve noticed, shortly after meeting someone who cooks, how quickly the conversation can turn to a discussion of pan or equipment they have recently purchased. I’m not saying that well designed products can’t make a difference in your cooking, they can, but I’d like to talk about some ideas of setting up your kitchen that can make a significant impact on the quality of your food.
Plan to use fresh herbs in your cooking by choosing flavors that will enhance the dishes your family likes.
Start and maintain a collection of whole and grind spices. Create spice blends from whole spices for the freshest flavor.
Identify items for your pantry that can be used for multiple purposes. Buying whole Italian plum tomatoes can be used whole, crushed by hand, or blended. Basics will simplify your pantry shelve and your shopping.