To make your kitchen life more accessible and organized, you need to buy and arrange every important kitchen item in your cupboard. Kitchen items come with trendy, sleek, and exciting styles to make your cooking journey easy. Still, you are not supposed to buy every tool for your kitchen because a few basic tools are enough to cook delicious meals—just like a pro.
If you want to save the cost of home-cooked meals, you need to figure out advanced tiers of kitchen tools.
We have created a list of kitchen essentials to start with for your favor. This list explains the essential cooking utensils perfect for chefs and novice cooks.
Let’s the go-ahead and explore them!
List Of Ten Tools That Every Chef Needs To Buy
Below is the list of ten kitchen essentials: cookware, utensils, tools, gadgets, dishes, etc. These are the all-time favorite and most helpful yet cost-effective tools!
1: Non-Stick Frying Pan – Cookware
Eggs and pancakes are part of almost every breakfast; to cook these items, you require a nonstick pan as a nonstick pan doesn’t let eggs stick with it.
Nonstick frying pans are super-versatile for sauteing vegetables, searing meats, and making sauces. Stainless steel frying pans and aluminum nonstick frying pans are great. You can buy a two-piece set that lets you cook two things simultaneously in two different-sized pans.
Here are various advantages and health benefits of nonstick cookware:
- By using less oil, it can cook a super-delicious meal
- Prevents scratches
- Easy to clean and wash
- Perfectly complement the modern kitchen
- Distributes heat evenly and saves fuel
- Makes cooking easier
2: Knives: Utensils
If you are going to cook food, a knife is an essential tool used for cutting and chopping the food. A good knife can save 90% of food prep time, so you should buy an excellent knife, use it carefully, and place it safely. A knife’s sharpness, size, and style matter a lot – chef knives are best to save money and space.
However, buying a paring knife and serrated knife are excellent choices as they are used to cut the food in different styles and serve different purposes.
Serrated knives help you slice down tomatoes and bread with comfort. Paring knives are best for smaller and more delicate jobs.
3: Stock Pot: Cookware
For bigger stews, soups, and pasta batches, you should have a 12-quart stockpot around. Its base facilitates evenly heating the food.
A large and deep pot is often used to make soup, stock, chili, stew, boiled noodles, corn, pasta, vegetables, and seafood.
You can buy different sized and typed stockpots; commonly, they are available in stainless steel, and the size ranges from 8 quarts to 36 quarts. You can use these stock pots for both home use and commercial use.
The stockpot is slightly different from the saucepan because it holds different construction styles and sizes.
The most significant difference between a saucepan and a stockpot is the size and the construction. Saucepans will have long handles and a smaller helper handle on the other side. Stockpots will have two small helper handles, as they are too big for one large handle.
4: Sheet Pans: Cookware
Baking trays or sheet pans are flat rectangular metal pans used in an oven. These sheet pans help perform multiple tasks that include baking meats, roasting vegetables, baking cooking, and toasting nuts.
A sheet pan is the quickest and easiest way to cook food faster and tastier.
You can even make family dinners only in one sheet pan. From risotto to the Mediterranean to roasted vegetable salads to chicken, delectable cakes can be cooked in sheet pans.
In addition to it, you can also bake pastries, bread rolls, pizzas, and flat products (sheet cakes, cookies, Swiss rolls, etc.).
The pan conducts heat to cook relatively quickly, whether you want to cook a meal or a full meat meal. If you are not willing to steam your food but are looking for a crisped and baked one, a sheet pan is a perfect option.
5: Glass Baking Dish: Cookware
Glass baking dishes are fantastic for baking like enchiladas and casseroles because glass baking dishes are microwave-safe. It is an 8-inch size that can fit into a microwave. When you want to pre-cook vegetables quickly (regardless of what matter you want to use), you can use a glass baking dish. It is the best alternative when all your ovens and stoves are occupied.
Glass baking dishes come with massive benefits – the baked food will not take on the pan’s taste because the glass is a non-reactive material.
The glass retains heat better than metal pans, so another benefit is that glass baking dishes keep the food hotter for longer.
6: Cutting Board: Kitchen Gadget
A grippy cutting board protects your fingers when you are preparing your work.
To avoid cross-contamination and to cut various kinds of ingredients, you will require different sized and typed cutting boards, such as a set of plastic cutting boards. For full disinfecting, you can wash plastic cutting boards in the dishwasher.
Cutting boards come in various options; besides plastic cutting boards, you can also buy rubber and wooden cutting boards that make cutting far more convenient. No matter what, stone and glass are the safest and most hygienic cutting board surfaces.
Typically, cutting boards are durable, reliable, and easy to maintain; they add style and beauty to your kitchen and working space.
A cutting board provides your knife a surface to work and keeps the food and the countertop safe.
7: Measuring Spoons: Utensils
It is valuable to get some sets of measuring spoons if you need precise measurements. Like small spoons, these measuring spoons can scoop dried herbs and spices.
You can purchase the size according to the available space in your kitchen. Many slim and smart spoons can easily fit in a spice jar; hence, you don’t need to misplace or lose your measuring spoons.
Measuring spoons can make your measurements easy and exact; eventually, it becomes easier to achieve the perfect recipe balance.
These accessories help the chef have a clear understanding of the required volume for ingredients and can even facilitate improvisation in recipes when required.
8: Salad Spinner: Kitchen Tool
A colander is enough for drying lettuce, but a salad spinner is more efficient. Salad dressings take a tough time adhering to wet lettuce, and people feel difficulty while handling soggy tacos and sandwiches.
A salad spinner is an excellent solution to all problems that hit at the time of salad making because it gets rid of water only in a few seconds and then saves that water on paper towels.
If you want to dry fresh herbs, you can also use a salad spinner for this purpose. Remember – you will need another colander if your primary colander is already in use!
9: Prep Bowls In Every Size: Dish
Every kitchen requires prep bowls to help you assemble all your ingredients. A lot of space will be saved if you buy a collapsible prep bowl. It provides you the convenience of covers to seal off ingredients that are not adequately ready for cooking yet. You can use glass prep bowls as serving dishes too!
For small tasks like whisking, a 3-quart bowl is excellent; however, if you want to perform heavier tasks just like whipping up cakes and cookies, a 5-quart bowl is the most appropriate size. A big 8-quart bowl is excellent for making coleslaw, potato salad, and stuffing.
10: Can Opener: Kitchen Gadget
Openers are perfect if you want to open your canned vegetables and beans rapidly.
Do not forget to buy this tool when you are in the market as they can facilitate quick cooking. Besides opening canned beans, you can also open curry paste, coconut milk, fruits, crushed tomatoes, etc with the can openers.
Due to technological advancement, apart from the physical, electric can openers are also available in the market. Electric can openers put less stress on your arms, hands, and wrists.
Old designed openers are tough to turn, and chances are they will cause you strain; electric can openers make it easy to deal with heavy cans. The new style openers can practically perform all your work, so the physical effort required on your part is reduced to a minimum. The force provided by an electric opener prevents overworking strain and injury.
At the time of kitchen remodeling, you can mount the can opener under the cabinet as it will save your kitchen space and prevent counter cluttering.
The Bottom Line
Innovative cooking requires the right tools; instead of picking up every kitchen device, you can buy the most basic one to make your life more manageable, fast, and tireless.
This blog post includes ten tools to help you cook anything without spending a heavy amount on rarely used gadgets to fill the necessary cupboard space.
So it is time to buy these functional cooking tools or install them during a kitchen remodel and transform your cooking style.
Michael | June 6, 2022
I find it rather Hilarious to suggest an Electric Can opener in a Survivor – Emergency Situation, having a manual Can Opener, even a P-38 from my Army Days is better than an Electric one with no Power..I even have a manual Coffee Beans grinder, we do like our Comfort Foods so using a little elbow grease is just fine..
radar | July 7, 2022
This article was OK for a “Bug-In” Stay at home recommendations; But it is lacks plenty (and almost doesn’t apply) to outdoor cooking over a campfire, such as “in the woods” and if one had to carry all this extra weight in a backpack or hauling device.
I am a denture wearer, still with a healing denture and need a lot of advice on how to cook and eat in the “bug-out” outdoors . I need a durable strong masher, grinder, etc. to make “mush” (think: baby food, should my dentures break) for various edible leaves, stems, roots, etc. I kind of thought I needed a large granite mortar and pestle to grind, squish, and rip “greens” into mush. I have a manual grinder (that weighs a ton) for grinding seeds, grains, but I am unsure how it would do on dandelion leaves. Any advice will be welcomed, including manual products. There are a lot of denture wearers of all ages. I’m 70 and got rid of my teeth to get rid of root-canal infections making me “weak”; but I learned about dentures from a 24y/o whose teeth rotted out. At the Denture “fixing” place, there are regularly a dozen people waiting in line. Eating mush at home is not a problem; but eating on an extended hike or campout can be problematic. I guess I’ll have to bring my heavy manual grinder (with extra blades) and haul it in a golf caddy. Any better ideas?
American Girl | November 6, 2022
May I recommend a smaller mortar and pestle to grind your food during a camping or survival situation? The bigger ones will grind faster, but the added weight combined with any other gear may prove to get very heavy after an extended period of time. Mine is approx. 1 1/2 cup size and made of marble. It may not be very big but it does an excellent job grinding anything I put in it. Hope this helps! God bless and stay safe!
Diane (Sunny) Murphy | November 28, 2022
I’m with you American Girl, works well with herbal preparations, too!
Deb in Va, southside | October 17, 2022
Having a mesh bag will help with spin drying greens, but I usually just shake them. A vegetable PEELER is valuable for prepping baby food. A vegetable or potato peeler can reduce cooking times, remove husks or skins better than a knife. Crush some small things between two spoons, use a large round can for crushing or rolling things. Use a silicon sheet as a cutting, mashing board. A small pressure cooker can reduce bean cooking times and make meats tender. There are small stove top pressure cookers which are safe, just don’t allow the pressure nozzle to get clogged by over filling or by a hard furious boil. If you want easy, get one of those new electic insta-pots. Plug it in, push a button. for food fast and tenderized. Some can be used for canning in pint jars. You may cook separate items in those handy jars too. Just four jars at a time, so nothing falls over. Do your research first, only about two of the insta-pots can safely be used for canning. I have a P-38 as a backup for opening cans. For quick chopping, you could use a spring-loaded chopper, Mash down and a zig zag of a blade will chop in a small container. Or a good knife with a silicone sheet for cleanliness and use as a funnel. I rarely use a measuring spoon. Non-stick pans and I do not play well together. I love my Insta-Pot, peelers and my cast iron.
American Girl | November 6, 2022
With all due respect, this article is nothing more than how to stock a basic kitchen, and leaves much to be desired for those who are wanting ideas on survival cooking. If you really want some ideas on how to cook over an open fire, learn (if you don’t already know) how to cook with cast iron. Learn how to clean and season it. If that’s not an option for you, or if cast iron is too heavy to lug around, think stainless steel cookware. Collapsible stainless sets would be ideal for these survival situations. If that idea still doesn’t suit you, think aluminum foil cooking with the rolled foil and also make use of foil pans. And if you don’t want to lug around a box of foil, you can also cook with sticks (bannock bread, anyone?) and with rocks like our ancestors did. There are also small pocket stoves you can purchase that use either solid fuel, charcoal briquettes, small sticks, anything you can or can’t carry with you. Also, check out James Bender on the Waypoint Survival YouTube channel, this man has revolutionized the Stanley cook sets and can teach you to cook on, or with, just about anything you can imagine.
Steve Turner | November 28, 2022
Hi, I really enjoy reading all of your articles. Would you please please PLEASE make it to where I could print and sve these articles. There’s no icon anywhere to print. Please help, I’m juss a little stupid and a really dumb old man!!
Electra | December 6, 2022
This is a rich prepper article for desperate housewives in ordinary times.
Frank C | February 13, 2023
There is a link at the end of every article that says download as PDF. Download the article, save it, and you can print it out later.
TAL | April 11, 2023
There is a small PDF icon in the middle right side of the article to down load this article. Then you can save it to your documents, and print it at your leisure.
JB Leutwyler III | November 28, 2022
This young lady doesn’t have a clue about SHTF cooking. This article is for normal times.
JAL | April 11, 2023
I don’t know what I stumbled upon but this article doesn’t even belong here. As others have said….where are all the manual tools you will need to cook without electricity? Yes manual can opener, but food grinder like my father in law a butcher would grind his own meat with. Use on wheat berries even coffee. Or find an old coffee grinder. A manual spiral fruit and veggie peeler. I have cast iron cooking tools as well as cookware to stand up to an open flame, bottle opener corkscrew… please don’t uii know your audience? Really stunned
TAL | April 11, 2023
Your Mother didn’t teach you a lot about cooking, did she, Ms. Monroe?
radar | April 12, 2023
Many websites don’t allow printing of comments. To print them you first have to save them to a blank document, then print off your blank document. There is a way to copy articles and comments. [ I am sharing what works for me ]. First, open a blank document that you will paste what you have copied . When I do not do this step first, I run into difficulties copying. Second, use your mouse to highlight everything you want to copy. Third, when your highlight is done, you need to press down (–at the same time–) two key buttons, the Control button (the lowest left key on my keyboard, and the lower-case “C” button. Now I have to press them down together and hold them down for up to fifteen seconds to ensure that any pictures copied get copied, along with the article and comments. Then you take your mouse to the blank page you created (step 1), and click “Paste” from your Word Processor. Do not expect a rapid paste. I often see a slow paste and little blue circles indicating that the PC is readying itself to paste the article and comments.
Then finally, I have it all. On some websies there are like and dislike icons that are way out of proportion. I just erase them. Hope this helps..