In the aftermath of holiday excesses, many of us are thinking about ways to be healthier at home — especially in the kitchen. If you're someone who wants to cook more and eat better, here are 10 tools that can help.
1. Cast-Iron Skillet
Cast iron is long lasting and works well for searing, browning, and roasting. A bare skillet infuses food with small amounts of iron, and doctors sometimes recommend them for people with iron deficiencies.
2. Vegetable Peeler
A versatile vegetable peeler can be used to clean skins, but it can also double as a tool for shredding vegetables, fruits, and cheeses.
3. Seltzer/Soda Siphon
A soda siphon uses filtered carbon dioxide to make plain water into sparkling, which can conserve energy used for importing/shipping energy while also saving money.
4. Compost Pail
A countertop compost pail is a helpful tool for collecting small batches of compost until they're ready for the big outdoor heap.
5. Hand Blender/Chopper/Food Processor
A multi-purpose handheld food processor/chopper/blender can chop veggies, blend soups, and even make juices.
6. Water Filter
A filter can improve the taste and quality of the water you use for drinking and cooking. Options include filtration pitchers, taps, under-sink tanks, and countertop filters.
7. Canning Tools
If you have a big batch of fruit or vegetables, canning and preserving them allows you to keep them longer and/or offer them as healthy gifts.
9. Slow Cooker / Crock Pot
In the winter, a slow cooker is great for making healthy soups and stews with complex flavors that require a long time to simmer.
10. Countertop Grill
In the winter, a countertop grill is an effective way to cook healthy meat, fish, and vegetables indoors.
Photo: Open Kitchen from Rosle