The five knives you need

Knives are one of the most important tools in a kitchen, arguably second only to the stove. Choosing the right type of knife (of the right weight, construction, materials, etc.) and the right brand for you is crucial.

But which knives should you have in your set? What do they all do, and how do they differ from one another?

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Caring for your knives

A good knife is a true investment, and the chef’s most important tool in the kitchen. Your quality knife, or set of knives, can serve you well for many years, providing you take the right steps to care for it.

The materials used to make your knife can affect the care it needs (read our guides on what knives are …

Using and caring for stainless steel cookware

Possibly the most popular of all cookware, stainless steel is a hard and durable metal made from chromium and nickel. It is safe to use on electric, gas and induction cooktops and, depending on the construction of the handle, can also be used in the oven.

To improve heat conductivity, the best stainless steel pans and pots are made with …

What are your knives made of?

Choosing a knife is a personal experience for a chef or cook.

Whether you already have a brand preference or not, knife selection often means interpreting a wide variety of differences.

We’ve already discussed choosing the right knife types, but what about materials?

Blades and handles are commonly made from a range or materials- so which is best for you?*


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Cooking with Copper

What are the advantages of copper cookware and why do many chefs prefer it?

Primarily, copper is an excellent conductor of heat. It responds very quickly to changes in temperature, giving cooks and chefs far greater control over the contents of the pan or pot. Unlike stainless steel, heat is very quickly transferred around copper.

Silampos cookware

When it comes to selecting cookware, there is no compromise for quality.

That’s why The Essential Ingredient proudly stocks a wide selection of stainless steel Silampos pots, frying pans, baking trays, steamers, pressure cookers and more.

Founded in Portugal in 1951, Silampos has been an internationally-recognised brand for decades, consistently producing the highest quality steel cookware for professional and home kitchens …

OTTO Stove-top Espresso Maker

Designed in Australia by Craig Hiron, the OTTO Stove Top Espresso Maker combines classic style with modern design. Craig came up with the idea of re-modelling the archetypal 1950’s Atomic Coffee Machine, to produce an exquisitely creamy espresso, similar to those you would find in a cafe.

In conjunction with industrial design company Tiller …