Kitchen Essentials Every Home Cook Should Have

When it comes to kitchen tools, things can definitely go crazy. Yes, we are talking about things like egg-cracker.

I mean seriously…

However, there are some things that are essential to every kitchen. It will make your life easier and cooking more enjoyable. So here is what you need.

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#1. Chef’s knife

Chef’s knife is a universal tool, which can be used for pretty much every cutting job in the kitchen. The most important thing about it is durability and sharpness.

‘A sharp knife is a safe knife.’

You do not need to spend hundreds of dollars on it, however a good quality chef’s knife is a great investment that will last you a lifetime. Japanese knives are very sharp and light, whereas german knives are usually heavier but can also handle heavier tasks like snapping a bone without chipping your blade.

#2. Pairing knife

Pairing knife won’t be used as much as a chef’s knife, however its duty is more delicate work such as peeling, cleaning vegetables etc.

#3. Large wooden cutting board

Some people might disagree on this, but large cutting boards are a lot more practical than small ones. Everything fits on top of it and you don’t have to worry about dirty countertops. Large cutting boards are also a lot safer, as it is more stable.

Quick tip: put a damp kitchen towel under the cutting board to secure it in place. You don’t want your board sliding all over the counter. 

#4. Non-stick pan

Non-stick pan is a multipurpose pan, so you can cook meat, vegetables, omelets and everything else you like.

#5. Cast iron pan

Cast iron pans are fairly heavy, however, because of its thick bottom and sides, it can evenly heat up to the high temperatures and retain that heat for a long time. It gives a beautiful sear for the meat, scallops or vegetables. Another great thing about it is that it can go from the stove straight into the oven. Cast iron pans with minimal maintenance will last a lifetime.

#6. Food processor

Food processor allows to make many sauces, dips or fillings in the matter of minutes. Saves a lot of time and energy.

#7. Hand blender

Hand blender is amazing when making creamy soups, sauces or purées.

#8. Measuring cups and spoons

This one is for people who like pastry and bakery. It’s a chemistry, you know.

#9. Wire whisk

This tool can be used for pretty much anything that is liquid or semi-liquid. From beating eggs to making sauces or a pancake mix. Ok you can also use it for potato mash. Why wire you may ask. Answer is simple – durability and effectiveness.

#10. Digital instant-read thermometer

To check the temperatures when making sauces, glazes and filling and also to make sure that the meat is cooked.

#11. Stand mixer

Stand mixer is the greatest helper when making bread, whipping cream, making dressings and doing pastry.

#12. Tongs

For turning meat, vegetables, plating pasta or a tool to get that salad out of the bowl.

#13. Wire-mesh colander

From straining pasta, to making the smoothest Pomme Purée, or if you just want to go crazy with the sauces.

Let me tell you a secret, you can wash the fruit in it as well.

#14. Dutch oven

The inventor of this pot deserves a medal. It can go on the stove and in the oven. The heat spreads evenly throughout the surface and stays hot for a long time. It is a king of the pots.

#15. Rubber spatula

Not just for turning and stirring, it is great for getting every last drop of the sauce or the soup from the pot. It is also nice to lick it when it’s covered in chocolate.

Red handle usually indicates that the spatula is heat proof.

#16. Silpat baking mat

Silpat is a washable non-stick baking mat. Line your baking sheets to keep it clean, play with the caramel or use it to roll out the dough without making a mess on the countertops.

#17. Sheet pans

Where else are you going to do all the baking?

#18. Box grater

If you still need clarification: cheese, carrots for the salad, potatoes for pancakes, the list is endless…  Microplane is great if you want to take grating to the next level. Zesting, beautiful cheese shavings and so on.

#19. Stockpot

Stocks, soups, pasta… you get the idea.

#20. Mixing bowls

Salads, sauces, dressings, pancake and cake mix. Let’s just stop here… Metal or glass bowls do not pick up stains and odors, whereas plastic bowls do. You know what to get.

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