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Ten kitchen essentials to take along on a holiday

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Are you going for a holiday, away from the hustle and bustle, locked up your house and are looking forward to that long well deserved holiday, has it occurred to you that after a while when you do settle in your temporary home which has all the gadgets and gizmo’s and a high tech kitchen minus the cooking gear, you miss cooking and the thought of just making a Nespresso, made you wish that you had brought some gear along.

Unfortunately, most rental kitchens aren’t stocked with the right tools and ingredients to make vacation cooking what it should be: simple, flexible and above all, pleasurable. But you can ensure your own happiness by packing these ten items on your next trip.

•         1 Knife:

Most rental homes have flimsy, dull knives that make cooking feel like a dangerous chore. Bring your own sharp chef’s knife and then you won’t have to make your family stop at the local kitchen supply store for a decent knife on Day Two of your trip because you just can’t stand it anymore. (Yes, I speak from experience.)

•         2 Olive oil:

A good olive oil makes it easy to turn the fresh, local ingredients you find into memorable meals, but it’s not worth buying a big, expensive bottle if you’ll only be using it for a week. Instead, pack a small bottle of whatever you like to use at home.

         3 Salt & spice blends:

Along with olive oil, your favourite salt and spices can make a big difference when cooking simple vacation meals. Pack a container of the salt you use at home, along with small bags of the spices or spice blends you use most.

•         4 Corkscrew:

Yes, there is a good chance your rental home has a corkscrew, but what if it doesn’t? You’ll be toasting your packing skills instead of staring sadly at an unopened wine bottle if you remember to bring a corkscrew.

•         5 Food storage bags:

Zip-top bags are not only a smart way to bring home food souvenirs, they do double duty as an essential way to pack up leftovers if your rental doesn’t have any food storage containers. They are also nice to have on hand for packing food for picnics, hikes or trips to the beach.

•         6 Coffee:

Depending on how particular about your coffee, you might pack your favourite brand of instant coffee, or bring a bag of good beans ground for whatever brewing method your rental provides, or go all-in with whole beans, a little grinder and a small French press.

•         7 hard cheese, anchovies or other flavour boosters:

Packing ingredients like Parmesan, anchovies, capers, or harissa paste means you’ll be able to add tons of flavour to your meals without a lot of fuss, which is exactly how vacation cooking should be. What do you typically add to your quick wee-night dinners for flavour without a lot of work? …Bring that.

•         8 Tongs:

There are many cooking tools you can hack with other common kitchen supplies, but it’s tough to get by without tongs. Bring a cheap metal pair and you won’t even feel bad about leaving them behind for future vacationers.

•         9 Baking supplies:

If you have plans to whip up pancakes in the morning or cobblers or pies with the local summer fruit, pack a little kit with common ingredients like baking soda, baking powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon. You won’t waste money buying a big container of an item when you only need a teaspoon of it.

•         10 Grilling essentials:

If your rental house has a grill, pack any tools you need that might not be available, such as an accurate meat thermometer.

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