Our Top Five Lockdown Cooking Essentials!

May 05, 2020

Our Top Five Lockdown Cooking Essentials!


A massive virtual ‘Hello’ to all of our wonderful customers; we hope that you are keeping safe and well during this difficult time. Following on from the announcement from the UK Government on 23rd March 2020, all of our physical stores remain closed at present to help prevent the spread of this horrendous virus.
Our online shop is still running in accordance with Social Distancing measures to help you get your essential cooking equipment, and our usual lovely range of products as well. All of our shipments are now being carried out with contactless delivery from UPS and Royal Mail, to keep you safe. Thank you to all of our amazing customers, who have placed orders with us online whilst our stores are closed, we really appreciate your support and continued custom!
We wanted to write a blog post to provide you with some helpful advice with regards to the ‘essential’ pieces of kit, that we think every kitchen needs during the lockdown, to ensure you can still bake, cook and serve flavoursome and interesting food – perhaps now more than ever is a perfect time to practice your culinary skills!
Without further ado, we will crack on with our Top 5 Lockdown Essentials, all of which are available on our website. (Pssst, we haven’t included the trusty wooden spoon in our list, but we know they’re handy so get them here)

A Great Quality Frying Pan

Our regular visitors will know, we love frying pans! All of our stores are stocked to the rafters with great quality, long-lasting and professional frying pans, but as we can’t show them to you in person at the minute, we thought we’d bring our selection to you!
At the top of the range, we have the fantastic LeCreuset range, including the Toughened Non Stick frying pans. These pans are always a big hit with customers at all of our stores, due to their fantastic and evident quality and the lifetime guarantee that they come with! The LeCreuset heritage dates back to 1925, when the company was founded in Fresnoy-le-Grand, France! Any avid television watchers may have caught the Inside The Factory program on BBC Two recently, where we saw how the LeCreuset Signature Cast Iron products are made. It was fantastic! And rest assured that the same workmanship and care goes into every product that LeCreuset manufactures, so you can be positive that you are going to get a brilliant piece of cookware.
We currently have 20% off Le Creuset pieces, and you can shop the Toughened Non-Stick range here
If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to LeCreuset, then fear not, our mid-range frying pans consist of many great brands, and we’re certain we’ve got a fantastic frying pan that fits your budget! Featuring Stella Rocktanium, Masterclass and Kuhn Rikon, our selection of frying pans is perfect for every frying task imaginable.
We really like the Stella Rocktanium, as well as the Masterclass Non-Stick frying pans. These frying pans offer a different surface to your typical non-stick that makes them incredibly easy to clean as well as giving you the ability to cook more healthily by using less oil. Plus, these frying pans come with a 25 year and lifetime guarantee. Shop the Masterclass Non-Stick range here, and the Stella Rocktanium range here.

A Selection of Sharp Knives

Our next essential must have on our list, is some good quality sharp knives! We stock a comprehensive range of kitchen knives and blades to suit the budding amateur right up to the professional chef. We pride ourselves on selling a selection of great quality knives, to suit all culinary skill levels and budgets.
Our range primarily features the Global, Robert Welch, Sabatier, Wusthof and Masterclass brands, but we have a whole range of knives on our website here. Having a great quality sharp knife not only takes the effort out of chopping ingredients such as vegetables and meat, it also allows for greater precision and quality of finished product too! Many of our knife ranges hold a 25 year or lifetime guarantee! If your knives ever need sharpening, we also sell a range of steels and pull through sharpeners, as well as offering our own monthly knife sharpening service where we will restore your blade to factory sharp!
Be sure to check out our fantastic knife promotions, including our massive savings on Global Knife sets, on our website here.

Food Processors/ Prep

Cooking up a storm doesn’t have to mean working hard. We sell a brilliant range of handy electricals to take the hard work and labour out of cooking a delicious meal.
From our Magimix XL Cuisine systems, to our Kenwood Multi Choppers, and everything in between, we sell a massive selection of food processors and choppers to take the faff and effort out of prepping your ingredients. You can find our blog post reviewing a Magimix Food Processor here, where we put the machine to the test and sampled the results! Whether you need a simple mini-chopper, stick blender, full blender, spice grinder or a full food processor, we have the whole range available on our website here.

Nespresso Coffee Machine

Sometimes only a coffee will do in the morning to perk you up! We understand. With our selection of Nespresso Pod Coffee Machines, you are sure to find a stylish, trusty and quality morning brew at the touch of a button! Nespresso machines are incredibly easy to use, and backed by a great brand service and amazing quality coffee. Included with every coffee machine is a selection of 16 capsules for you to try in order to grasp which coffees you prefer. Many of our machines, include an aerocinno milk frother so you can create easy lattes, cappuccinos and other frothy coffees at the touch of a button.
All Nespresso machines are manufactured by industry leading electrical brands including Magimix and Krups, and quality assured by the Nespresso brand, with a service guarantee!
The variety and range of coffee available from Nespresso is sensational, with seasonal specials and themed coffees available at various points throughout the year. Ordering your refill of coffee supplies couldn’t be simpler through the Nespresso website, and experience next day delivery, or alternatively stock up at a Nespresso boutique (there are many up and down the country) when stores re-open.

Check out our range of Nespresso machines here, and email us at Online@AbraxasCookshop.com if you have any questions.

Some Beautiful Tableware 

Whilst this might not be officially an essential, it’s definitely a mood booster to have some great tableware to look at and eat from! We sell a selection of beautiful crockery from brands including Emma Bridgewater, Nkuku, Sophie Conran and Sophie Allport! As well as classic whiteware from Maxwell & Williams and CKS. We also sell an extensive range of placemats, coasters and table runners from a variety of brands so suit your colour palate of any room or crockery.
Additionally, our lines of glass and barware are sure to get you drinking in style. Personally, I really like the LSA Wine range, but Mikasa and Maxwell Williams are a big hit with our customers too. Finally, our excellent range of cutlery from the likes of Robert Welch, Rochester and Maxwell Williams adds the perfect finishing touch to any meal and dinner table!
One thing is for sure, your dinner table certainly won’t be considered boring with our amazing range of products, available in so many patterns, colours and shapes!



We hoped you liked this highlight of the few amazing products that we have on our website that we wouldn't be without! We thank our amazing customers for their patience, understanding and support during this terrible time, and our entire team looks forward to welcoming you back into our stores as soon as possible. Until then, keep safe and keep cooking!

Abraxas x

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