Moving to Ghana: Kitchen items I’m happy I brought to Accra
1. Blendtec blender. I absolutely love my Blendtec blender. I primarily use it to make vegan ice-cream, pesto, nut butters, fresh soups, grind whole oats into flour and mix batters. Yes, all of this in one blender! It did set me back £350 (Costco UK), but it was well worth it as it’s helped me eat clean.
2. Vegetable/fruit scrubber. I came across the Chef’n Palm Vegetable Scrubber in Sainsbury’s. Thoroughly washing fruit and vegetables is critically important in West Africa, and this really helps the process. It fits perfectly into my palm and has a finger grip, allowing me to wash items easily, quickly and safely.
3. Kitchen knives. A decent set of knives at a reasonable price is very difficult to find in Accra. If you don’t bring your own, you are likely to have to purchase overpriced, poor quality, flimsy chinese imports; rendered useless (and at times dangerous) when cutting sturdy vegetables like yam, pumpkins and squash.
4. Tefal frying pan. A decent non-stick frying pan is a must. I purchased mine on sale from Sainsbury’s. It is also worth bringing good non-stick pots with you. These items are available in Accra, however at a significant premium. For instance, my Tefal frying pan is available at Melcom (Spintex) at a 170% premium on the UK price! Aint nobody got time for that!
5. Sistema plastic containers. Thank you for Lozza of the Baking Mad Gym Addict for recommending these containers. Although they are pretty pricey (£2.99 per item from Amazon), they are durable and sturdy and provide a perfect portion size for a single meal. I prep my evening meals in these, and store them in the freezer.
6. Preserving Jars. I use these for my lunchtime salad jars, another fantastic addition to my meal prep menu. I have five in total which are filled at weekends with salad, and eaten at lunchtime during the working week. These were purchased at Ikea for £0.80 per jar. Fantastic price because they generally go for the equivalent of £3-£4 per jar in Accra, and are very difficult to find! They also have a wide rim which makes eating the salad easy.