It can be so hard to cook in someone else’s kitchen. When you are in your own kitchen, you have all of the tools that you use most often.
Most of our meals are cooked at home, so we have quite a few kitchen tools. Over the course of our 16 year marriage, we have accumulated many many kitchen gadgets. And although they are all used and they all have their place in the rotation. I do have some tried and true regulars.
I thought it might be fun to go through and list out my top 10 most used kitchen tools. Maybe you are setting up your first kitchen and you’d like to know what you should buy. Maybe you are engaged and you and your partner are putting together your registry. Maybe you are just tired of not having what you need when you want to try out a new recipe.
Here are my top 10 most used kitchen tools…in no particular order – keep in mind this is not a comprehensive list…I’d be writing a novel at that point…Hey, that’s an idea!!! Penguin Random House, call me 😉
I use my Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer for SO many things! From cookies to mashed potatoes to homemade whipped cream, and everything in between. This wedding gift is one of the power horses in my kitchen. One I couldn’t live without!
2. Non-Stick Skillets
Sure, I have other skillets that aren’t non-stick, but they do not get the use these guys do. I’ve been through at least 3 sets of non-stick skillets over the years. I highly recommend a smaller AND larger size. You just can’t go wrong with these – even if they are the only skillets you have!
3. Measuring Spoons/Cups
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people do not have measuring spoons/cups in their kitchens! If you plan to follow any recipes, savory or sweet, you need these in your life! Not to mention, if you’d like to take up baking…don’t even think about doing that without them!
4. Half Sheet Pans & Cooling Racks
I have multiples of these simple half sheet pans and cooling racks, and I still could use more! They are perfect for your holiday cookie baking, or those trendy sheet pan dinners, but I can’t tell you how many chicken nuggets and fries have been cooked on these bad boys…The great thing about half sheet pans and cooling racks is that you can often find them super cheap at local restaurant supply stores. But if you don’t have one, don’t worry…Amazon has errythang!
5. Immersion (Stick) Blender
I bought this immersion blender for Patrick (my husband for those of you who are new around here) probably 15 years ago or more and it’s still going strong. We regularly make our own Italian “gravy” or red sauce and store it in big batches in the freezer. This is great for getting it to the right consistency. We also used to make huge batches of homemade applesauce, back in our early, mostly kid-free days…</daydream>. I even use this to make my own salad dressings and aioli – you just can’t get it right without the power of an immersion blender.
6. Dutch Oven
Can you tell how much love this Lodge dutch oven has been given?! Let’s just say, the outside looks a lot better than the inside…I cannot tell you how many times we have used this pot. You can use this for soups, stews, sauces, and even in place of a crock pot. Sometimes we cook things low and slow in the oven to get the same results of a crock pot, but in a fraction of the time. Dutch ovens aren’t a classic passed down from generation to generation for nothin’!
A cast iron dutch oven is an investment, but one that will pay for itself hundreds of times over.
A cook is only as good as his knives…or something like that…right?! Now, you could go broke buying every kind of knife under the sun, but you really only need a few good ones to get yourself started. These 3 knives are some of our most used. The long bread knife is, of course, used to cut nice crusty loaves of fresh bread, but are also great for breaking down fresh pineapples. The other 2 knives are good for chopping just about anything you’d need to for a recipe. It is always nice to have a shorter and longer version depending on what you need the knife for.
Get yourself a good knife set and you should be good to go.
8. Utensils (Peeler, Tongs & Wooden Spoons…Oh My!)
Wooden Spoons and tongs (long and short) are always being washed and re-washed. I have my favorites, but we have an entire stainless steel container of them sitting on the counter because we reach for them at every meal. The peelers we use for potatoes, carrots, apples, etc…They can also be used to shave chocolate from the bar for decorative curls and even cheese from the block in a pinch. Wooden spoons pair well with non-stick skillets as they won’t scrape off the non-stick coating. They are sturdy enough to stand up to a thick batter. And they look better the more you use them…not that that should matter.
9. Mixing Bowls
Mixing bowls…I can’t stress this enough…mixing bowls, mixing bowls, mixing bowls! All shapes and sizes! Get you some! It doesn’t matter what you are making, chances are, you will need a dang mixing bowl! Maybe even 2 or 3, for 1 recipe! *gasp* I think cookbooks and mixing bowl makers are in cahoots…Sometimes, I will even use one as a container for a covered dish when I go to someone else’s home…Yes, I’m THAT woman.
10. Cutting Boards
So, cutting boards are a bit controversial at the mo…what type of cutting board should we use with meat? Should I have a cutting board that is ONLY used for fruits/veggies? What about bread and cheese?!
I have a selection of different size plastic cutting boards, and a few wooden cutting boards. I try to use the wooden boards ONLY for bread and sometimes the odd apple. But my plastic boards are used for everything else. Of course I wash them well between uses, and every few uses, I even soak them in a bleach/water solution for sanitation purposes. I’d love to have boards that I use ONLY for meats, and only for fruits and veggies, but it’s just not practical if you want to get dinner on the table without using an entire kitchen store’s worth of dishes.
You do you, but cutting boards are one of my most used kitchen tools! Stock up.
What are your most used kitchen tools? Do you agree with my list?
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