It is the heart of the home, the life of the party and the place we spend most of our awake time. Whether it is a kitchen startup or spruce up, we are here to help.
Regardless what style tickles your fancy – be it a gourmet, stainless steel, ultra-minimalist workspace; a cosy timber central island for communal cooking or a chic marble-topped, high-tech showstopper – kitchens need to be swoon-worthy, practical and down-right delicious spaces!
Be that as it may, flawless countertops and elegant cupboards aren’t the be-all-and-end-all in a kitchen… The trick to making your cooking experience enjoyable, easy and stress-free is to invest in top-notch appliances and kitchenware.
Here are some of our kitchen startup must-haves…
Cooking On Gas
Unsure whether to go for gas or electric in the stove/oven department?
It is a tricky decision. That’s the reason we have gathered some major pros and (minor) cons to each option.
Proud South Africans that we are, the unfortunate reality is that living in our stunning country comes with having to deal with loadshedding.
There is nothing as frustrating as being halfway through cooking a lamb roast and the power goes off. Or worse; arriving home to find there is no power and you have a dinner party planned.
For this reason, gas is an absolute winner – turn the knob and cook away while loadshedding continues into the night. You will slice a chunk off your monthly electricity bill and you only need fill up on gas every couple of months.
Your cooking time will speed up, as you don’t have to wait for the stove to warm up, because gas gives you instant, cook-ready heat.
What About The Oven?
When it comes to your oven, gas is seldom the best option. If you are an avid baker, gas ovens are great as the heat is not as dry as electric ovens. This means that your baked goods will stay moister than in the dryer electric heat.
Gas ovens tend to get hot and cold spots so, if you are opting for gas, make sure to go for one with a fan. Roasts and dishes that do better without temperature changes will do better in an electric oven. In electric ovens, the temperature, once reached, stays more constant than most gas ovens.
We suggest taking the best of both worlds – a gas stove and an electric oven.
Your Kitchen Startup Begins With The Right Pots and Pans
We all know the agony of trying to fold the perfect omelette, only to have it stick to the pan and tear into a million pieces.
So, when it comes to choosing the perfect option, don’t go cheap. This is an investment and, if looked after, one you could have for a lifetime. So, buy the best you can afford.
Trust us, it is so worth it.
What kind of chef are you?
When choosing your pots and pans, it is important to know what surface is best suited to the type of cook you are.
Copper or cast iron pots and pans are lovely and bring that real homely, old school charm to your kitchen. Copper is an excellent heat conductor and will ensure that your food cooks evenly.
Cast Iron is almost indestructible, a good heat conductor and will last a lifetime, as long as you remember to season it properly and regularly.
Stainless steel is a great choice as it is scratch resistant, hard wearing and hygienic.
Aluminum clad stainless steel pans offer excellent heat conduction, are induction-ready (electric stoves are induction stoves so this is essential) and resist rust and corrosion.
Hate washing but love the dishwasher?
Stay away from anything clad and rather opt for a straightforward stainless steel or aluminium pan, as these surfaces offer the same benefits and are dishwasher safe. This is espsicially true for th kitchen startup that doenst already include a dishwasher. Get the right stuff now and the dishawasher next month. You wont be sorry.
Kettles Are Now Officially Cool. Ditch that plastic disaster.
Kettles have stepped up their game yo! It’s time you did too.
They used to be boring and were largely ignored but, they are now a status symbol and a fashion statement in any kitchen.
The days of owning a cheap, plastic electric kettle are gone. Your kitchen startup needs modern, trendy design and striking colours. Today, stove-top kettles are all the rage – and rightly so!
When it comes to choosing your designer kettle, it is worth considering a few important points.
Electric or gas (stovetop) Kettle?
Electric kettles are quicker, but if you don’t mind waiting a little longer, the stove top kettle is your best buy. They might not be as fast as their electric counterpart, but they do have the benefit versatility.
Besides being able to enjoy a cuppa during loadshedding (another win for gas) you can also take it with you on your next camping adventure.
Most modern stove top kettles have kept the charming whistling feature to let you know that the water is boiled and ready for your coffee or tea. The new and improved whistles are much louder than they used to be so you can hear them when you’re not in the kitchen.
Your kitchen startup should have you feeling inspired. Starting up or sprucing up your kitchen gives the chance to spoil yourself while expressing yourself with fab new kitchen gear.
Take a look at our recommended kitchen startup items:
- Snappy Chef 2-plate Gas Stove – R3,699.00
- Snappy Chef 2-plate Induction Stove – R3,999.00
- BALLARINI – Positano frying pan 32 cm – R1,099.00
- ZWILLING – Twin Choice, 18/10 stainless steel Frying pan 24 cm – R1,229.00
- ZWILLING – Passion, 18/10 polished stainless steel 8L Stock Pot – R1,499.00
- Snappy Chef 2.2L Beige Whistling Kettle – R999.00
- Hisense 1.7L Red Kettle – R449.00