Cooking, one of life’s most basic chores, has suddenly become a creative outlet, source of comfort and safer option for the housebound. Many of us are definitely cooking more due to the pandemic, whether it’s to bake banana bread or whip up easy WFH lunches.
This shift is driving change in shopping lists and consumer needs – we need options that make cooking enjoyable, easier, faster and healthier.
Home cooking is the new normal
Several factors are contributing to the continued prevalence of home cooking. Many people feel unsafe going to restaurants. Working from home means people no longer stop for breakfast or coffee on their way to work, nor do they frequent the lunch spots around their offices. During these uncertain times, finances are also a concern driving many people to opt for home-cooked meals, which come at a lower cost and can be stretched for a number of family members over more than one day.
There’s definitely more confidence in cooking abilities now more than ever before and a need to invest in the kitchen.
Hungry for shortcuts and meal ideas
Just because you love cooking doesn’t mean you don’t get tired of doing it every day or even run out of meal ideas. It can be a challenge to cook every day and to keep meals interesting.
If you, too, have been spending more time in your kitchen, take a look at this list that can help make your life easier:
1. A bigger fridge: With more food needed to prep the meals for everyone in the house this is a BIG need.
2. Gas stove: With load shedding continuously making a comeback this will be a lifesaver. Also consider the fact that you are cooking more than usual so this will be a huge saving on electricity.
3. Electric mixer/blender: A mixer is a must-have kitchen appliance for home chefs, as it has several uses. It can be used to beat, stir, and whisk liquids and batters in a single bowl.
4: Toaster: A 4-piece toaster will save you time and come in handy for all the quick WFH lunches.
5. Coffee machine: Normally pick up your morning coffee on your way to work? Miss your famous office coffee machine? It may be time to invest in one for the home to keep you going during WFH and schooling.
6. Electric kettle: An electric kettle can heat water faster than the stove can and insulates the heat. A kettle can be used to make soups, noodles, boil pasta and more.
7. Dishwasher: Nobody wants to do the dishes after a long tiring day at work and preparing meals. This will save you more time this year. Click here to read our blog on what to look for when purchasing a dishwasher.
NB: Remember to maintain your appliances as they will be used more frequently. Here’s how.
When it comes to the actual cooking, making a big batch of something to eat is a great way to take a break. Make foods in bulk that can go further like pastas, soups, stews and casseroles. Click here to read our blog on how to plan meals on a budget.
Advice for appliance shopping
We live in an age where there is so much information available to us. Before delving into specific models, we recommend doing a little bit of research to gain a basic understanding of the available products. There’s a lot of information out there, and it’s easy to get bogged down with too much research, but a 10 minute search will give you a basic understanding so you’re a more informed shopper. Enjoy the convenience and embrace online shopping.
Before you start shopping, think about how you use your appliances now. Are there any features you must have in a new appliance? Once you identify those “deal breaker” features it will narrow down your selection
s. Also think about how you aspire to live going forward – sadly this pandemic is our new normal. These appliances will be used more often and make a difference in your home.
It’s time to make that update to your kitchen!