Having the right tools for the right job is essential to cooking simpler and smarter in the kitchen. They’ll make your life a whole lot easier and allow you to cook with ease. There is no need to start with everything on day one, but the cookware and tools you need to help you out in the kitchen can be built up over time.
Cook with ease when you have the proper tools to help you in the kitchen.
Having the right tools will definitely make your life a lot easier in the kitchen. With the items below, you’ll be able to cook just about anything and start kicking butt in the kitchen.
1. SHEET PANS
These pans can get a lot of action – roasting vegetables, baking meats, toasting nuts, and of course, baking cookies are just a few things you can do on them.
Use these for more than cooling cookies. Place on a sheet pan and bake and roast meatballs and proteins right on them. All the fat drips below and you’re left with a tender piece of meat.
3. SAUTE PAN
The high walls of this pan make it great for sauteing anything (hence the name). They’re especially great for tossing pastas together.
Stir-frying is one of our go-to cooking methods, and a non-stick wok is perfect for any home cook.
Every household needs a non-stick pan for breakfast duty. Eggs and pancakes are best made on a non-stick surface. Just be careful to use non-abrasive tools on this delicate surface!
6. GRILL PAN
Celebrate summer all year long with a versatile grill pan. This one is a large enough size to grill proteins and veggies at the same time. Plus, it goes from stovetop to oven!
7. BAKING DISH
Fall and winter casseroles come together perfectly in this bright baking dish. It’s the perfect size for large parties and baking extras for leftovers and / or freezing.
Not all of your pans will come with lids. Luckily, this versatile tool can be matched with just about any size pan you have for all those times you need to cover and simmer a dish.
This workhorse will last you a lifetime. It retains heat incredibly well, and can go from stovetop to oven. Do everything from searing and roasting meats, scrambling eggs, sauteing vegetables, to baking frittatas in it.
10. TOASTER OVEN
If you’re cooking for just 1 or 2, you may not want to fire up an entire oven. A toaster oven comes in handy for those instances. It saves energy and doesn’t take nearly as long to preheat.
11. STOCK POT
This piece of equipment is less used, but can be handy, like boiling 2 pounds of pasta when cooking for a crowd.
12. DUTCH OVEN
These sturdy pots will keep your soups warm and can even bake bread. It’s also oven-safe, so great for braising meats.
13. SAUCE PAN
This sized pot is perfect whether you’re cooking for 1 or a family of 4. Boil pastas and vegetables in this with ease. Plus, it’s not heavy, making it easy to maneuver and handle.
14. SLOW COOKER
This small kitchen appliance performs magic. Just throw your ingredients in, turn it on, and hours later, you have delicious soups, tender pulled meats, oatmeal, and even traditional casserole dishes.
15. CHEF’S KNIFE
You will use this knife for 90% of your prepping needs, so buy a nice one and take care of it. We like to use the Global grand, but buy whatever feels right in your hand.
16. SERRATED KNIFE
The serrated teeth of this knife lets you slice through tomatoes and bread with ease.
17. PARING KNIFE
For smaller, more delicate jobs, this paring knife is all you need.
18. SALAD SPINNER
We all need more veggies in our diet, and this salad spinner will not only get your salad greens and herbs dry, it can also be used as a colander.
19. FOOD PROCESSOR
This food processor not only makes pestos and pie crust, it also has a prep blade that grates cheese, carrots, potatoes, and whatever else you want to shred like magic.
Forget the bulk of a blender! You can now make puree soups right in their pot or blend single-serving smoothies. The blade then pops off for super easy cleaning.
Every kitchen needs a set of prep bowls to help you organize all your ingredients.
22. CUTTING BOARD
A good, grippy cutting board will protect your fingers during all your prep work. Plastic boards can be placed in the dishwasher for full disinfecting.
23. MESH STRAINERS
These light strainers are perfect for all your small to mid-size draining jobs. A can of beans? Defrosting shrimp? Place them in here and run water over them.
This strainer is great for fishing ingredients like pasta or veggies out of boiling water or fried goods out of hot oil.
Every kitchen needs a heavy-duty colander for draining out larger batches of pasta or cooked potatoes for mashing.
These prep bowls save a lot of space when not in use, and they come with covers so you can seal off ingredients that are prepped but not ready for cooking yet.
27. PAN SCRAPERS
Every cook deals with gunk stuck on pans. These scrapers make cleaning a breeze by easily removing that gunk.
Yes, you can use these for measuring, but you can also make sauces and vinaigrettes right in these sturdy glass cups and pour it into whatever you’re cooking up.
This is advertised as a fish turner, but the wider base of this tool makes it easy to flip anything – burgers, fish, or even your pancakes.
We make vinaigrettes to season up salads and everything else almost nightly, so a whisk comes in very handy for quickly emulsifying (that’s just a fancy word for “combining”) vinegars and oils.
These are perfect for cooking and scraping up the last of any sauce or batter.
Tongs come in handy when ingredients need to be moved around, and you’d rather not flip and toss the ingredients just but shaking a pan!
Make sure you get a good, sharp peeler to remove the peels of vegetables or even to shave off cheese. A sharp one will really make the job easier.
Zest lemons? Grate ginger? Or even a little bit of cheese? This is your tool for that.
35. WOODEN SPOONS
These spoons are not abrasive on your cooking surfaces and they’ll last forever. Just don’t put them in the dishwasher!
36. CAN OPENER
A good, sharp one will wrangle any can open.
37. CITRUS SQUEEZER
This tool is great to get the juice out of citrus fruits, without you worrying about seeds falling into your dish.
38. MEASURING SPOONS
Likely you already own these, but this set is narrow enough to fit into spice jars. Plus, they’re magnetic, so they keep glued together.
39. MEASURING CUPS
These come in handy for sauces and marinades. And of course, if you’re a baker, you’ll definitely be using these.