A Kitchen Carry-On
More often than not, when I cook it isn’t in my own kitchen. I cook with friends; it’s something I enjoy most. One of the biggest problems when cooking in a kitchen other than my own is the lack of equipment and supplies — not everyone has the counter space or the means to have a KitchenAid or Cuisinart at their disposal, or a cabinet full of spices. But who wants to spend $7 on a bottle of garam masala for a one-time use? I know I wouldn’t, but it is something I use and I’d never expect a host to buy a bottle for a one-off dinner party. Solution: over the past few years I’ve built up a kitchen travel bag of sorts, my own goodie bag of kitchen supplies that I don’t expect any of my friends to stock themselves, but I simply can’t cook without.
Keep reading for my must-have list of kitchen items to carry when cooking away from home.
Mini Food Processor
This can be a life saver when you’re in a pinch for time — herbs, nuts, garlic…pretty much anything. Plus, it fits in a tote bag.
For soups, creams and eggs. I strongly believe if there is a tool to make your life easier than use it, I refuse to beat a half-dozen eggs manually if I’m able to take my mixer.
Random, I know, but it is one of those tools you never think you’re going to need. But how else are you going to grate that nutmeg you bring along?
Don’t laugh. I usually forget to re-stock this in my own kitchen so I never expect a friend to have parchment paper.
The amount of kitchens I’ve cooked in without a good knife on hand, well it’s almost enough to slice off each of my digits. Buy an extra one, best investment you’ll make.
As I mentioned above, the worst thing about hosting at a friend’s house who doesn’t cook much is the lack of spices, and why should they have a stocked cupboard if they’re more used to ordering in than cooking? A basic supply of herbs, easy to carry and saves your host a few bucks in the process.
Time saver central. Seriously. cooking in an unfamiliar kitchen can be daunting, but a mandolin can cut through (pun intended) your prep time with ease.
What kitchen items can’t you live without? What would you bring along in your kitchen carry-on?