Kitchen Accessories – Why No Kitchen Can Be Without Them?
How much do kitchen accessories contribute in the making of a great cook? This is a good question, and if you listen to the manufacturers of all the cool kitchen stuff, then you will be left in no doubt as to the answer. In fact, most modern housewives would be totally lost without their extensive array of gadgets and kitchen accessories that are purported to produce the perfect culinary masterpiece. If you spend time watching any of the many cooking shows now on television, then you are left feeling quite inadequate if you don’t have something at least similar in your kitchen to your show hosts.
We don’t have to go back very far in time when the only kitchen accessories were wooden spoons, primitive whisks, china mixing bowls, wood stoves and a lot of the proverbial elbow grease. It is still hard for me to imagine how they managed to beat the egg whites and sugar so stiffly that they could make a perfect meringue, or the lightest of sponges. Nowadays the thought of doing this any other way except with the help of an electric mixer is inconceivable. Being able to bake these mouth watering goodies perfectly in anything other than a perfect temperature controlled, fan forced environment is another very hard fact to grasp. But they did, and they seemed to know how hot their oven was. It has always puzzled me how they survived with no temperature gauges, and in our modern ovens, if you are out 10 degrees then you could well have a disaster on your hands.
How about making bread in these modern times of ours. Our grandmothers would knead the bread by hand several times until they achieved the perfect elasticity. This may well have taken them 10 or 20 minutes each time. Most of us would tire after several minutes of this hard work, but fortunately the dough hook is standard equipment among all good brands of electric mixing equipment. Whether they every get used though, is another question, as it is only the most faithful to the art that still bakes their own bread the old fashioned way. In this case, the oven has been replaced by stand alone bread makers, and baking bread is as simple now as adding water to a packet mix. Some how I don’t think many of our grandmothers would approve.
Many women have become kitchen accessories junkies. Their cupboards are bursting with everything new that comes on to the market. Pie makers, blenders, juicers get pushed to the back as new items gradually fall from grace and make their way down from the bench top. The seriously hooked long ago traded their kitchen benches in for granite. After all, no decent kitchen would be seen without one. This has led to a revolution of total kitchen makeovers. www.kitchen-aid.org website can help you with some cool ideas, here. New range hoods, kitchen islands as well as cabinets have been turning ordinary kitchens into a beautiful space that any woman would admire.
The kitchen has long been described as the heart of the home, and for any woman who spends large amounts of time there the type of kitchen accessories that she works with is important. Often though, the most homely of kitchens produce the most love and the best tasting food. One doesn’t need to have the latest new fangled milk frother or stainless steel trash can that automatically opens when it senses you coming. After all, no amount of fantastic time saving and beautiful looking kitchen accessories mean a thing, if the kitchen is not used for anything but serving coffee and takeway meals.
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