If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to cook more from scratch (and kick that lockdown takeaway habit that accidentally stuck...), you've come to the right place.
Having the right tools can make home cooking a quicker, simpler and happier experience. But choosing those tools? It can feel overwhelming. Take your local department store, for example: do you really need a special gadget just to hull strawberries? Or 5-blade herb scissors? Probably not.
We've created a round-up of actually useful kitchen accessories to help simplify healthy food prep, all of which are available on the WW Shop.
Use them when choosing recipes from our new Everyday cookbook which features over 100 recipes, all with QR codes which you can simply scan to track in the WW app.
1. Kitchen scales
Just imagine if there were weighing scales which calculated the PersonalPoints™ values of your food? Oh wait - there are! These clever digital weighing scales are programmed with over 800 foods and ingredients to not only help with portion control, but also calculate the Points® value of everyday foods. Plus, the recipe builder feature means you can add, weigh and calculate the Points value of individual ingredients as you add them to a recipe, making tracking even easier.
2. Air fryer
Make delicious, Points-friendly, no-oil-necessary meals with this awesome air fryer from Salter, which circulates hot air around a chamber for a fast and thorough cook. It's compact (perfect for smaller kitchens), pre-heats in just five minutes, and has a removable non-stick frying rack for fast cleaning. Plus, it comes with a list of recipes so you can get started right away!
3. Slow cooker
One way to beat the winter blues? Bring out the slow cooker! It makes meal prep so easy (chop things up and chuck 'em in) and is perfect for soups, stews, casseroles...the list goes on. Plus, it makes meat melt-in-your-mouth tender. This chalkboard slow cooker is extra-awesome because you can jot down ingredients, recipes and fun messages for the family. Try these slow cooker recipes on for size!
4. Pan liners
These Teflon®-coated, non-stick frying pan liners eliminate the need for added fat like oil, so you can keep the Points value of your favourite dishes low. They're washable and reusable, and can also be used on our non-stick grill frying pan (see #5).
We also stock oven baking liners, which can be used for fat-free roasting and baking. They're Teflon®-coated, durable and handy additions to any kitchen.
Non-stick pans are incredible for two reasons: one, they make the post-cooking clean-up operation so easy, and two, you don't need to use oil or butter when cooking, which keeps the Points value nice and low.
Then there's this non-stick grill frying pan which is perfect for creating grilled dishes without oil or butter. It's easy to clean and dishwasher safe!
6. Chopping boards
We love this chopping board set, which is comprised of a base board and three additional boards that nest neatly together for compact storage.
Each mat is marked with a specific food type to avoid cross-contamination, and is textured for safe and precise cutting. The base board also has an integrated channel that retains liquid to keep surfaces clean. They're all dishwasher safe, too.
7. Measuring spoons
Measuring spoons are a must-have for cooking and baking, and this colourful five-piece set will help you master culinary creations with ease.
Each spoon has clear, embossed tsp/tbs and ml measures, allowing you to measure dry and wet ingredients simultaneously - no additional tools required! Once you're done, pop them in the dishwasher, then either hang them up or nest them together and pop them in a drawer.
8. Microwave omelette maker
What better way to start your day than with an omelette? This protein-packed breakfast is super filling, quick to make, and can add Points to your Budget if you throw in some non-starchy veggies (mushrooms, tomatoes, spinach etc).
With this handy omelette maker, you can whip up an omelette in minutes using your microwave! No oil required, thanks to the non-stick coating, making it easier to stay on track.
9. Microwave bacon cooker
Another cool kitchen hack starring your microwave! This bacon cooker crisps up six slices of bacon in less than five minutes - perfect if you want to get your protein fix on a busy morning. The grooved tray drains the fat, and there's a spout to pour it away for healthier and mess-free cooking. And it's dishwasher safe too!
10. Food flask
Heading back to the office a few days a week? Take warm or chilled foods with you in this stylish and reusable food flask, which keeps food hot for six hours, chilled for 24 hours, and frozen for four hours. Leak-proof and with a 490ml capacity, it makes the perfect on-the-go companion.
Bonus gadgets, just because
How much easier would life be with an egg poacher? Make perfect poached eggs every time in just three minutes with this fab breakfast and brunch tool. Poached eggs also make great toppers for fish dishes like smoked haddock and anytime frittatas.
We love a healthier food swap at WW, so why not try switching out, say, the pasta in your bolognese for spiralised courgette (or zoodles!) using this hand-held spiraliser? Not only is courgette full of fibre, it's also a non-starchy veg which means it'll add Points to your Budget, yippee! This handy tool works with a variety of fruits and veggies, including carrot, beetroot, sweet potatoes and anything in between.