The Fundamentals: Crucial Kitchen Tools

The Fundamentals: Crucial Kitchen Tools

Cooking with simplicity and intelligence demands the appropriate equipment. Instead of buying everything on day one, you may gradually accumulate a stock of necessities that would greatly simplify your life.

Your life will be made so much easier if you keep the most important culinary equipment in your kitchen cabinet. Even though there are constantly new, fascinating, and stylish kitchen gadgets available, you don’t need to purchase each and every one of them in order to cook successfully. Actually, all you really need to start making delectable dishes is the most basic equipment. You may check out our top tier of kitchen gear here once you’ve spent all that money on homemade meals.

We’ve put together a Kitchen Essentials Checklist for you so you’ll know precisely which equipment to get started with. For inexperienced cooks or chefs on a budget, this list of 13 essential culinary tools and their purposes is ideal.

You’ll be able to prepare almost anything with these ingredients, so go cooking!

1 – NON-STICK FRYING PAN

Since eggs and pancakes are best cooked on a non-stick surface, every family requires a non-stick pan for breakfast purposes. Additionally, it is a very flexible pan that may be used for sautéing vegetables, searing meats, and preparing sauces. Use only non-abrasive instruments on the surface, please! We enjoy both the aluminum and the stainless steel frying pans. Purchasing a two-piece set enables you to cook two items at once and allows you to have two sizes available.

2 – SAUCEPAN

When you need to prepare something that requires liquid, such as boiling pasta and vegetables or simmering sauces and beans, a saucepan is ideal. If you’re cooking for one or four people, a 4-quart saucepan is perfect because it’s lightweight and manageable. Try this 4-quart stainless steel sauce pan or this 3.5-quart nonstick one.

3 – STOCK POT

You should keep a 12-quart stock pot on hand for larger amounts of soup, stew, and pasta. Your soups will cook evenly thanks to its base’s uniform heating.

4 – SHEET PANS

In addition to making cookies, these pans may also be used to roast vegetables, bake meat, toast nuts, and bake cookies. With sheet pan meals, cleanup is also a breeze.

5 – GLASS BAKERS’ POT

For baking items like casseroles and enchiladas in the oven, glass baking plates are ideal. When you need to pre-cook vegetables for the rapid Microwave & Saute Cooking Method or even to completely cook vegetables when your oven and stove are all taken, an 8-inch size may fit into a microwave since it is microwave-safe.

6 – KNIFE

You’re going to use a knife when you’re cooking. If you can only afford and store one knife, choose a chef’s knife. You will prepare 90 percent of your meals with this knife, so invest on a decent one and treat it well. However, we strongly advise acquiring a serrated knife and a paring knife as well since they serve various functions. Serrated knives enable you slice through tomatoes and bread easily, while paring knives are perfect for smaller, more delicate tasks when a huge knife just isn’t up to the task. (We like the Global great, but go ahead and purchase whichever feels comfortable in your palm.)

7 – MEASUREMENT SPOONS

Even if you like to “eyeball” the quantities of your ingredients, it’s useful to keep a set of measuring spoons on hand in case you need to make exact measures. They may also be used as little scoops to scoop up spices and dry herbs! You won’t ever have to worry about misplacing the tablespoon or losing the teaspoon thanks to this magnetic set, which is small enough to fit inside spice jars and sticks together.

8 – MEASUREMENT IN CUP

If you bake, measuring cups are a must, but they’re also fantastic for regular cooking. For measuring liquid and tiny amounts of dried ingredients, we prefer to keep a 4-piece set on hand. A 1-quart glass measuring cup is far more practical and effective for measuring liquids, and you can also prepare sauces and vinaigrettes within, which you can then pour directly into whatever you’re preparing.

9 – STANDARD SPOONS

Wooden spoons will last a lifetime and won’t scratch your cooking surfaces. Simply avoid using the dishwasher with these! To use it for many types of cooking, pick a set that includes a range of wooden spoons, like this 6-piece set.

10 – FISH TURNER

Although it is marketed as a fish turner, this useful item may be used for anything. This tool’s broader base makes flipping burgers, fish, over-easy eggs, and even pancakes simple. The food you are flipping slides easily under the thin, beveled edge, and the slots enable any grease to drain.

11 – PEELER

Make sure you have a nice, sharp peeler while you’re setting up your kitchen with the essentials so you can remove vegetable skins, trim cheese, or make veggie ribbons.

12 – WHISK

For emulsifying components like vinegars and oils, a whisk works faster and more effectively than forks or chopsticks, while both are useful. A whisk is really helpful because we nearly always create vinaigrettes and marinades to season salads and other foods!

13 – TONGS

Tongs are quite helpful in the kitchen since they function like your extended hands! They are used to move components about in a frying pan or on a sheet pan without running the danger of burns, in addition to flipping large pieces of food.

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Claudia Martinez

Written by Claudia Martinez

I am Claudia Martinez, the creator behind the food blog FoodFourYou.com where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and my children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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