Fregola or fregula is a Sardinian pasta grain made from wheat and is similar to middle-eastern couscous. It is cooked by boiling it in water in exactly the same way as any other pasta and takes about the same time to cook – 10-12 minutes – even though it is made of tiny grains.
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A pizza cutter can be used not just to cut pizzas but for pastry, tarts and home-made pasta.
Mortar and Pestles date back to the 15th century and are an indispensable part of a cook’s battery of equipment – the more you use them, the better they get, and nothing compares to the feeling of grinding your own salt and pepper or making sauces from scratch.
There are two main types of rolling pin, a heavier one that rolls as you push it along and a long thin rolling pin, which is lighter and is really just a narrow long piece of wood or plastic with blunt or tapered ends. Here’s how to decide what’s best for you.
A bamboo steamer is one of the most useful pieces of kit you can have in your kitchen, even if you don’t cook Chinese food. Steam fish, chicken, meatballs or pancakes inside just as you would in a metal steamer. They cost far less to buy and are more beautiful and tactile to use.
Box grater or microplane grater? You need both – we explain why and show you the tricks of the trade.
Meat grinders are used to mince meat at home for health reasons, to make home-made sausages and burgers or if you are particular about the texture of ground meat and find that a food processor grinds it too finely. They attach to a work surface so they can be stored out of sight until you need them.
Forget fancy centrifugal juicers when you just want to juice a lemon or lime to add a citrus kick to food – a little plastic one is fine. It’s durable, easy to clean, washes in the dishwasher and it costs very little. You’ll pick up vintage finds like Tupperware juicers that are as comforting to use today as they were in the ’60s.