In my last post I shared my list of kitchen essentials and you can find my favorite kitchen appliances here. These are the things you will most likely want, even if you kitchen is tiny. Today that list is continued. All of these are essentials (the last three will be dependent on your cooking habits but I’ll go into more detail below) AND my favorite kitchen tools. I use these items week in and week out and often times day in and day out.
We recently upgraded our pans to a stainless steel Calphalon set from Bed Bath and Beyond. I love them. They can also go in the oven (with the lids) up to 450 degrees. My set has 8 pans and pots plus lids.
If you don’t cook a lot or are limited on space, I’d recommend an 8 and 10 inch skillet, 1.5 quart sauce pan, 3 quart sauté pan, and a 6 or 8 quart stockpot depending on your family size or if you’ll be cooking for groups. You can always add more later, but if you have limited cabinet space, these are the essentials. If you get a non stick pan, get an 8 or 10 inch skillet.
I recommend buying good quality cookware. You are going to have these things for a long time so you want to love them. Cheaper pans tend to warp and not cook evenly. When we were shopping, our top brands we considered were the higher tiered Calphalon products and All Clad.
I have the classic scraper from Pampered Chef and love them. Would recommend having two. (Don’t tell but I actually have three and there are times when they are all dirty at once!) Don’t buy the cheap ones. They will fall apart way easier and not work nearly as well. I use them for cooking, baking, and scraping.
Buy the ones that lock (by pulling up the head not with the sliding ring)! These are great for flipping meat on the skillet, serving salad, removing corn on the cob from hot water and so much more. I have this one from OXO.
Love using kitchen shears. Perfect for snipping fresh herbs, green onions, or chives. They are also used weekly to cut my daughters pizza into bite sized pizza. You can use a pair for cutting meat into chunks and another for slicing your homemade cinnamon rolls to put in a pan.
This gets used all the time in our home. It’s perfect for a small job – cutting an apple or grapefruit in half, rough chopping a small amount of veggies, mincing just a clove or two of garlic. I love how little space it takes up. Great size to put in the cooler or slide under a car seat to take on a road trip.
The cheese planes for hard and semi hard cheeses are awesome! You can slice cheese in a perfect thickness. No more overly thick slices of cheese for sandwiches, grilled cheese, or crackers. A block of cheese will go much further. This gadget might just save you money.
This wooden spoon is perfect for sauteing, browning meat, and stirring anything you are cooking. The flat edge helps scrape the bottom of the pan much better than a spoon.
These are something I don’t have yet. You don’t need a block of knives. Instead get fewer but better quality knives. This is something I’d do over again if I could. We registered for a knife block when we got married and they are all very dull. I can’t wait to purchase new ones. I would buy 2 Chef’s knives, a paring knife, and a bread knife to start. Do you have a favorite knife brand to share?
These are the perfect size to serve any dessert made in a pan. We use it all the time for sweets and main dishes. When mine broke a few years ago it was something that I immediately replaced.
This gets used for pancakes, quesadillas, grilled cheese and other such items in our house. When you get stainless steel or silicone or nylon will depend on if you use non stick surfaces to cook your pancakes on.
If you make homemade pizza, this is a must have! I have two and they make the best pizza crusts. Well worth the investment. I have the large round stone from Pampered Chef but you can find them many places.
This in an item I’d say depends on your salad eating habits. If you make large quantities of salad, you are going to want this. It makes ensuring your lettuce is not dripping water anymore so much easier. I prepare a large quantity of lettuce for us to use for salads during the week every Sunday and this makes it a breeze. My spinner is one of the push knob kinds.
Use this to add garlic, ginger, or nutmeg to a dish. It’s also perfect for zesting citrus fruit. If you don’t do a lot of cooking with fresh garlic or nutmeg you can skip tool and simply mince it with a knife and cutting board.
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