Are you less of an Iron Chef and more an Aluminum Foil Chef? Do questions like “chives same as green onions?” plague your Google search history? Fear not, fellow faux cook. There are plenty of kitchen gadgets to make cooking easier while tricking everyone into thinking you know what you’re doing in the kitchen.
The benefits of cooking go beyond just having delicious food to eat. Some psychologists say there are actual health benefits to baking for other people. Baking and cooking can be forms of creative expression. As Donna Pincus, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences at Boston University, tells Huffington Post, “Whether it’s painting or it’s making music [or baking], there is a stress relief that people get from having some kind of an outlet and a way to express themselves.”
Additionally, cooking from home allows you to have complete control over what you are and aren’t putting in your food. One study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests home cooking is the secret ingredient in a healthy diet. “The evidence shows people who cook at home eat a more healthy diet,” says Julia A. Wolfson, lead author of this study.
Specifically, the study found that people who cooked at home six to seven nights a week ate less calories than when they dined out.
Whether you’re in it for the health benefits or just to impress friends at your next dinner party, here are a few kitchen gadgets to consider investing in that will make cooking from home a little easier.