Fall cooking is probably my favourite cooking! Transitioning from all the summer meals to all the cozy fall ingredients! I like to use all the best kitchen tools for fall cooking!
One of my favourite parts of season changes is the fact that the food also takes a bit of a shift. Cooking looks a whole lot different especially when using all the best kitchen tools for fall cooking ! I am no longer sweating in the kitchen trying to make toast on a 35degree sunny summer afternoon. Now I am cooking large pots of soup, baking muffins, and not caring in the world what temperature it is outside, because I know I am not going to cook to death in the kitchen!
That’s a plus in my books!
Some of my favourite things to cook in the fall are soups, buns, stews (very different from soups! 🙂 ) and bake!
So without rambling any longer here are the best fall cooking to tools to make all of those warm cozy meals!
I feel like everyone and their mom probably already knows that crockpots are amazing! So if this isn’t news to you I’m sorry! However, to those who don’t know or don’t have one yet, I highly suggest it! They make cooking a variety of meals super easy, especially if you are busy! I love making soups in mine! All I do is chop some veggies up, add some seasoning, water, and broth to the pot, pop it on low for 8 hours and then bam dinners ready!
You can also make stews, breads, sauces and vegetable sides with little effort on your behalf!
Crockpots can be super cheap to find as well! I bought my first tiny crockpot off a friend, then I got a bigger one from another friend. However you can always fine them at a thrift store, local resale sites or for pretty cheap in any local home goods store! This is for sure a tool that won’t make you go broke!
I do have to give one warning that I wish I knew before using a crockpot, what you put into the crockpot comes out more steamed then oven or stovetop cooked, which can give it a bit of a different texture!
Some people think you can cook meats in the crockpot, others feel like it is unsafe so before you chose to try cooking meat check into your crockpot and what the company recommends!
This one is my favourite! I am not sure exactly why. Is it because it is so versatile, easy to use, fun to cook with, or its kinda old fashioned? I don’t really know, it’s probably a bit of both to be honest! However, it makes cooking soups, stews, pasta, and basically anything so much easier! The heat is evenly distributed throughout the whole pot which makes for more of an even cook and it stays hot longer so your food stays warm long after it is off the burner!
Okay, I am going to say I have a love hate relationship with the instant pot! I love it because it is easy to use, simple and can cook a variety of things! However, no one tells you that it takes forever for the pot to come to pressure or that it also takes forever for the pot to depressurize. So even though the timer says 20 minutes it will take more like 20 minutes to pressurize, 20 minutes to cook and 10 minutes of depressurizing for the whole meal to be done. Definitely not the fasts cooking tool there is. But if you are looking for a faster way to cook a whole chicken or a large pot of soup the Instant Pot is a great tool!
I love making bone broth and large pots of soup in mine! Perfect for the nippy fall days!
Large Cutting Board/ Big knife
I know… it sounds dumb, however I do promise this is important! When I was first in university I didn’t want to splurge on things like large cutting boards and big knives. I thought it was a waste of money…how wrong I was! So I used tiny little plastic cutting boards that didn’t even lay flat on the counter top. They were terrible! They moved around every time I tried to cut something, and they were never big enough for that I was cutting. Ooh and the knives! They were awful! So small, they couldn’t cut through anything large or hard… like at all. Food prepping was a bit of an adventure to say the least!
Having a large cutting board gives you enough space to spread everything out and cut large things like big chunks of meat! It makes such a difference in the amount of effort and time you have to put into prepping! Using proper knives and having larger ones also makes the whole prepping process so much smoother and easier to use. The knives can actually go through what you are cutting and they are big enough to make the full slice!
Well I feel like baking trays are given however, they are important and generally over looked! So take it from me… get some baking sheets! One of my favourite things to cook in the fall are the different types of squash! I like to cut them in half or into smaller chunks and bake them! Ill add them to soup, use them as a side dish or create the whole meal with it!
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I would love to hear in the comments what tool you use the most in your fall kitchen or one that you are going to give a try!