Whether you're just learning to cook allergy-free, or simply want to save time, these must-have kitchen tools are essential for any kitchen. Check out this best kitchen tools list below for all your cooking needs.
Need kitchen gift ideas? With Christmas just around the corner now's the perfect time to start your shopping. Every kitchen needs the right tools. They are the first step to making a great meal. Not only that, the proper kitchen tools will save you time, and make cooking more enjoyable.
So just what does a basic Kitchen need? Keep reading for some of the best must-have kitchen tools.
1. Knives and Knife Sharpener
Buy the best knives you can afford because they will last you for many years. You can buy knives in a set, but if you are a beginner, or want to save money you really only need 3 good knives. A paring knife, a chef's knife, and a serrated knife. These are the basics of any kitchen. Trust me, you will use them a lot.
After all that use your knives will become dull, so a knife sharpener is also a must-have kitchen item.
Related: How to Sharpen a Knife
2. Cutting Boards
Cutting boards are another must-have kitchen tool. I recommend having at least 2 cutting boards. One for cutting produce and other foods, and one specifically for cutting meats. If you have allergies, I recommend having another cutting board dedicated to allergy-free foods. This ensures you avoid all possibilities of cross-contamination. I recommend using wood cutting boards. They help keep your knives sharp and are easy to clean.
3. Mixing Bowls
No kitchen is complete without a set of mixing bowls in various sizes. These are especially important when cooking allergy-free. Many recipes have gluten-free flours mixed in one bowl and wet ingredients in another. I recommend glass, stainless steel, or ceramic bowls since they don't absorb odors or stains. These materials are also best for cooking allergy-free, with minimal risk of cross-contamination.
4. Measuring Cups and Spoons
Every kitchen needs one set of measuring cups for measuring liquids, and one set for measuring dry ingredients such as flour. A set of measuring spoons is also essential. Your set of measuring spoons should include 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon measurements.
Stainless steel pots and pans are my favorite. They are sturdy, cook evenly, and clean up with ease. They are a wonderful asset for any kitchen. I've had mine for over 10 years and with proper care, they will last a lifetime. I recommend buying your cookware in a set.
I recommend purchasing a 13" x 9" baking dish and several rimmed baking sheets. These should be all you need to get started. Glass or ceramic baking dishes are great options.
A 10-inch whisk is a must-have kitchen essential for cooking and baking. I recommend a stainless steel whisk. It is sturdy and dishwasher safe so clean-up is a breeze.
Every basic kitchen needs a good heat-resistant silicone spatula, preferably in different sizes. A good quality spatula should stand up to temperatures between 375-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Colanders are a basic kitchen item. From washing and rinsing produce to draining pasta, this is something you shouldn't overlook. I recommend purchasing a metal colander. They are dishwasher safe, sturdy, and last longer than plastic.
10. Pressure Cooker
A pressure cooker is perfect for busy moms who need to get a meal on the table quickly. It can be a little bit intimidating at first, but once you learn how to use one, you'll be amazed at how easy dinners can be. I love that you can cook frozen meat in just a short amount of time. If you invest in one must-have kitchen appliance, this is it. I use mine at least once a week, even in the summer months.
11. Food Processor
This kitchen basic will make food prep quick and easy. With it, you can chop, grate, puree, and grind fruits, vegetables, and nuts. This was one of the first kitchen small appliances I purchased and I use it at least once a week. It has saved me so much time over the years.
If you can afford one, I highly recommend purchasing a high-power blender, especially if you are cooking allergy-free. I make muffins, cakes, and other batters in my blender in just a short amount of time. I also make soups and smoothies with ease. This kitchen gadget is easy to clean and will last you a lifetime.
Must-Have Kitchen Items For the More Advanced Cook
If you already have most of the must-have kitchen tools on this list and want to expand your kitchen gadgets a bit, here are some of my favorites.
- Cast Iron Pan
- Gluten-Free Bread Pan
- Flour Sifter
- Baking Mats
- Lemon Juicer
- Mason Jars
I hope this post provides ideas for must-have kitchen items to help make cooking more enjoyable. I also hope hope you find some must-have Christmas gifts to give you a jump start on your holiday shopping.
Did you try any of these products? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think? I sincerely love to hear from you.
Blessings, Laura xo