Ultimate Utensil List for a Well-Stocked Kitchen


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No matter what job you are attempting to accomplish in life, it is critical to have the proper tools to do the task. Cooking is no different. It is essential to stock your kitchenOpens in a new tab. with the many utensils you will use when creating your culinary masterpieces. I have attempted to list what I feel are among the vital tools to enhance that experience.

I cannot begin to impress upon you enough about the importance of these utensils. The time you spend in the kitchen is usually shorter than you would like. It certainly helps if everything is organized and clean, ready to pick up and use with ease. I have noticed my cooking speed was greatly enhanced once I stocked my utensil collection and was familiar with the proper use of each item.

Kitchen Utensils List

Food Preparation Equipment

  • Chef’s knife
  • Paring knife
  • Knife sharpening/honing rod
  • Bread knife
  • Chopping/cutting board(s)
  • Kitchen shears/scissors
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Garlic press
  • Grater
  • Kitchen scales
  • Measuring jug
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Colander/pasta strainer
  • Sieve
  • Rolling pin
  • Can opener
  • Blender
  • Citrus zester

Serving Equipment

  • Ladle
  • Pasta fork
  • Pizza cutter
  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle opener

Cooking Equipment

  • Frying pan/skillet
  • Saucepans
  • Ovenproof dish
  • Roasting tin
  • Baking sheet
  • Solid Stirring spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Tongs
  • Masher
  • Whisk
  • Oven gloves
  • Potholders
  • Food/meat thermometer

Storage Equipment

  • Plastic containers
  • Plastic zipper bags
  • Bread bin

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • Plastic wrap/clingfilm
  • Kitchen foil
  • Baking parchment
  • Tea towels
  • Kitchen tool organizer

Specific Use

Learn the use of each kitchen utensil

  1. A good knife is one of the most essential tools you need on hand when cooking. A sharp knife is used to chop, slice, cut, and carve through food. It is easy to forget or overlook them, so it is vital to keep them well-organized and easy to find, so they don’t get lost in the kitchen drawer! Examples of a good collection are a chef’s knife, a santoku knife, a paring knife for fruits and vegetables, a cheese knife, and a bread knife. A Chef’s knife is used as a general-purpose tool for chopping, dicing, and slicing food items. This is also called a French knife. It was initially developed in France and became an essential part of kitchen equipment kits. Using this type of knife will give you more control over the consistency and size of your cuts than would otherwise be possible with a smaller blade or scissors. Many other types are available in local stores and on the internet. The edge must be appropriately sharpened no matter which kind of knife you use.
  2. Kitchen shears/scissors are not necessarily used for cooking. Still, they are instrumental when preparing foods that need to be cut into small pieces. They are used to cut fruits and vegetables without hurting delicate skin or damaging berries. You may need to trim herbs or flowers for garnishing purposes. They are often used for cutting meat into smaller particles to make sure that all sides are being cooked evenly.
  3. A sturdy wooden spoon is used to stir and blend ingredients for preparing desserts, mashing potatoes, and mixing sauces.
  4. A large mixing bowl with a spout combines and marines meats and vegetables before serving. Some chefs may choose to use a sturdy wok or skillet. Still, it is recommended that you keep solid materials at hand to not burn your food while cooking if you switch from one medium or large bowl of metal or glass. You can use heavy-duty plastic containers when you need to prepare multiple dishes simultaneously.
  5. A sturdy cutting board is used to chop ingredients. A plastic chopping board is meant for chopping food onto, not for storing things after they have been chopped! If you needed to chop up something already prepared, this would be the utensil you use.
  6. A sifter is used to sift dry ingredients like flour before adding them to prepared dishes. This tool will keep their contents evenly distributed in the pan or bowl of your choice.
  7. Rubber spatulas are essential parts of your kitchen tools kit. They help you turn food safely without burning yourself while handling hot pans or bowls on top of hot stovetops. A spatula is used to get food out of containers or pans after being cooked. It can be used to mix mixtures sometimes but should not be considered a substitute for a whisk.
  8. Measuring cups and spoons are essential parts of the kitchen utensil collection. You always use the correct amount of ingredients in your recipes and cooking. These utensils are mainly used when making things like cake, bread, or soups.
  9. An oven mitt protects your hands from burns when pulling out hot dishes or baking pans from an oven.
  10. A sieve is used to drain water from cooked vegetables, pasta, or rice that has been boiled to separate it from the rest of your food.
  11. A whisk is used to mix foods that are thick in consistency. For example, suppose you need to incorporate a sugar cookie mixture or cake batter. In that case, a whisk will blend the mixture evenly for you. This can also be used to whip cream, an important step when making desserts because it will make the cream thicker and fluffier. Using a whisk will mix the food evenly so that you do not have to worry about chunks of unblended ingredients.
  12. A blender can grind beans, nuts, fruits, and spices and mix the batter.
  13. A food chopper helps chop vegetables, meat, or cheese into the size needed for your recipe.
  14. A steamer is used for steaming vegetables, fish, or other foods without any extra effort. Remember that the steamer should have a water level indicator so you won’t overfill it with water or leak while cooking. There are no hand controls to ensure that the food enters the pot at the right time during cooking.
  15. A wok is used to stir-fry all ingredients, including vegetables, poultry, and meat.
  16. A masher is used to mash potatoes and other starchy foods to prepare them for consumption.
  17. A deep fryer can be used for deep frying fish, chicken, or French fries.
  18. A garlic press is used for crushing, slicing, or crushing garlic cloves.
  19. A slotted spoon is used to skim the foam off the top of a pot of boiling liquid. It can also be used to scoop out solid ingredients for serving.
  20. A hand mixer can mix many ingredients together to make the frosting, cakes, doughs, etc. With this utensil, you can combine foods such as eggs and sugar until they are well blended.
  21. Tongs are used for flipping over foods when they are being cooked in a pan or in the oven. They can also be used for moving foods from one place to another when you are using them for cooking.
  22. A meat thermometer can check the doneness of foods while being prepared. An instant-read thermometer is preferred over a dial thermometer because it displays temperature changes more quickly than the latter. It is also helpful for testing the temperature of boiling water, ovens, and hot oil.
  23. A spoon is usually made from metal and used to scoop out soups or stews from a large pot so they can be served. It is also used to fill drinking glasses with juice or other beverage. Sometimes it can be made from plastic instead of metal.
  24. An indoor grill is used for grilling meats and vegetables over a flame or heated element. A grill is a particular type of pan used for cooking meat on the stovetop or in an oven up to 450 degrees. It will be hot enough to burn you but not hot enough for the meat to be crispy or raw inside. So to use it, you place your meat in the center of the pan and cook it over medium-high or high heat. Meat that you cook on a grill is usually chicken, hamburgers, or steaks.
  25. A microwave can be used for reheating cooked food, melting butter, and much more. Check the manual first before using it, as each microwave has its own handling and cooking instructions.
  26. A pastry brush can be used to clean and brush nonstick cookware after every use and garnish the surface of pastries before cooking and/or serving. A pastry brush is used to brush baked goods with glazes, sauces, jams, and similar foods. You can also apply egg whites to chocolate mousse or fondant.
  27. A coffee bean grinder is used to grind the beans you use to make your coffee. Fresh ground beans mean new, delicious caffeine! Check up on the instructions for your grinder; if it has no manual, you should ask for one since there are specific instructions for appropriately using this tool.
  28. A pepper mill can grind pepper before adding it to your food preparation. Some mills do double duty and grind other spices as well. Fresh ground pepper and other seasonings seem to give a better taste to lots of dishes.
  29. An ice cream scoop can spoon ice cream into bowls or cones without making a mess. Some scoops come with measurements to enjoy the correct amount of food whenever using them to serve items such as casseroles.
  30. A lemon squeezer removes the juice from lemons and limes before adding it to your recipes.
  31. An egg separator separates the egg white from the egg yolk. This utensil is essential when making dishes that have meringue, etc., in them.
  32. An ice cube tray is used to freeze small amounts of water or other ingredients so they can be used later in various ways. For example, you can also use it to freeze oils for later use in the deep fryer.
  33. A corn syrup dispenser comes with a tiny tube attached to a bottle of corn syrup which allows you to squirt a certain amount into your food preparation automatically. You can also use it for other purposes, such as adding sugar to your recipes.
  34. A sandwich press can apply pressure to your sandwiches for better flavor. It also helps the contents of the sandwich stay together.
  35. A liquid measuring cup can measure liquid ingredients that you might find yourself measuring often. This way, you won’t have to bust out the kitchen scale every time you need to know how much liquid is in a recipe.
  36. A small bowl set with lids makes it possible for you to easily store food items in small quantities or even transport them between homes or places of business. You can also use them as serving bowls if needed.
  37. A can opener is used to open cans of food. Large ones sit on countertops, but you can also use a handheld can opener.
  38. A mortar and pestle is a tool used for crushing fruits, seeds, nuts, or herbs so that the juice from them can be extracted or to add flavor to a dish. It is usually made from hard materials such as wood, marble, porcelain, or pottery.
  39. Cheesecloth is used to drain liquids when making stock or poaching seafood. You can also use it when straining out solids from your recipes.
  40. A laboratory thermometer measures the temperature in air, liquids, and cooked food at precise temperatures to help you make the best decisions when cooking correctly. You can also use it to determine the temperature of your refrigerator.
  41. An instant-read thermometer measures food temperature without leaving it in the oven for too long. This means you can check up on your food’s progress without ruining its taste or texture. Professional cooks also use this to determine that food has reached the proper temperature for consumption.
  42. An electric griddle is used for cooking pancakes, French toast, and other breakfast items. It is also used for cooking meat or making quesadillas or tortillas.
  43. A kitchen timer is an essential tool for ensuring that your food is cooked properly. It makes it possible for you to cook the best food possible every time.
  44. A salad spinner makes it easy for you to clean and dry your lettuce, spinach, and similar foods to enjoy a fresh salad every time. This spinning tool is a must-have if you enjoy eating raw vegetables.
  45. Foil is used to cover pans, so they don’t dry out during cooking. There are special-purpose foil sheets for this purpose as well. It’s nice to sometimes line the pan with foil to aid in cooking and v cleanup.
  46. A potato ricer is used to make noodles out of potatoes. This tool can be used to make noodles out of other vegetables if you like that sort of thing!
  47. A funnel makes it possible for you to pour ingredients into small containers without spilling them all. This is especially helpful if you make a lot of different kinds of foods at once!
  48. A colander allows you to drain liquids from your pasta or other types of food that you’re preparing.
  49. A cheese grater is used to grate various kinds of cheese to add to specific dishes.
  50. A vegetable peeler is used to peel vegetables and fruits such as carrots, cucumbers, and potatoes.
  51. A citrus zester is used to grate citrus fruit, which can be used for decorating or flavoring your food.
  52. A potato masher is used to mash potatoes, making it possible for you to make the best-mashed potatoes every time. Less starch is released than using an electric mixer, resulting in perfect fluffy taters like Grandma made! A potato masher can also be used to mash bananas, avocados, apples, or other soft foods when making different desserts or custards. They are usually made from metal or plastic and come in different sizes.
  53. A metal mixing bowl makes it possible for you to hold ingredients together while preparing food. There are different sizes of these bowls available. Still, the larger ones are best suited for preparing large quantities of food at one time.
  54. The rolling pin is one of the most critical utensils to use when baking bread and pies. It helps to flatten out and shape dough for easy handling and cleanup. Rolling pins come in many different sizes and may or may not have handles at both ends, so you can hold them with both hands while using them.
  55. A BBQ brush is used to clean your barbecue grill after you’ve cooked food on it. There are also brushes made specifically for cleaning various types of grills available.
  56. A colander is used to drain water or other liquids out of your food before serving it, making it possible to enjoy the best fare every time. They can also be used for rinsing certain foods like lettuce and fruits that must be washed before use in a recipe.
  57. A cake knife is used to cut cakes even so that they don’t fall apart with every slice. It also works well with pie slices, muffins, and other desserts.
  58. A cheese slicer is used to slice cheese into small, even slices, making it easy to place them on a serving platter before serving.
  59. A mushroom scraper is used to clean mushrooms without mess involved. It makes it possible to eliminate the stems from your mushrooms to enjoy them straight from the cap.
  60. A pastry bag is efficiently used to piping frostings, sugar roses, and various desserts on your dishes.
  61. An egg separator is a tool that helps you get the yolk out of an egg without messing up the white and vice versa, which means you can also use it to get just the white of an egg if you don’t need any yolks! Put the cracked egg into your separator and use it as a sieve to get your yolk or white out, depending on what you need.
  62. A blending stick is used to mix ingredients in a blender when making smoothies or shakes. It is usually made from plastic and comes in different sizes and shapes to fit in the blender easily.
  63. An apple slicer is a tool that helps you get slices out of apples quickly with no mess or effort on your part, which means you can use it for other things, too, like oranges or potatoes!
  64. A mandoline is a slicer with adjustable blades used for cutting thin slices of vegetables, fruits, or cheese with ease. They come in different sizes and shapes but are primarily circular shapes, usually at least 6 inches in circumference. The adjustable blades can be used to cut skinny slices of food, making this utensil more valuable than just a standard slicer.
  65. A pizza wheel is a tool used to cut a pizza into the perfect shape and size, depending on how you want it to be shaped. There are different pizza wheels with different shapes, sizes, and designs.
  66. A citrus juicer is a device that helps you get lemon or lime segments out of citrus fruits with no effort. Simply put your fruit on top of it and turn it upside down to crush small pieces of skin onto the juicer so that the juice can be squeezed out quite quickly.
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This list could go on and on, but I will stop here and leave the investigating and exploring of kitchen utensils up to you from this point. Educate yourself and your cooking buddies, and begin creating your culinary masterpieces.

Have fun!

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A mom for many years and a grandmother for a few, De Lana has been cooking since she was 12. She has lots of experience but is always ready to learn something new.

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