Cook like a Pro with your Kitchen Essentials

If we love eating, we should enjoy cooking, right? No matter how you feel today, find anything or something that will motivate you to cook and If that’s buying new tools or trying new recipes go for it.

Cooking is like any other art, it’s like painting. Just as there are many colors, there are many flavors and how you combine them transform into a masterpiece.

Though it’s true that those latest and fancy tools out there makes cooking enjoyable chances are you might not use them as often as you want. Don’t get me wrong i would like to have them too.

Because we would like as minimal as possible, starting with this list of essential tools in your kitchen makes a big difference either you are a beginner or a pro.

Kitchen Tools

Cookware

Non-Stick Frying Pan

You probably agree that there are some cooking tasks where only non-stick will do,, especially those that are delicate and more prone to breaking when placing a spatula underneath. Traditional Non-stick pan Zwilling Madura Aluminum Fry Pan. Look for PFOA-free, Hard-anodized aluminum construction for fast, even heating and easy cleanup.

Sauce Pan

The saucepan can range in sizes to hold contents for one pint or in sizes up to four quarts. They are made of materials such as stainless steel, copper, anodized aluminum, glass, and enameled steel or cast iron. While you can use this pan far beyond making sauce, they are good for simmering soups too. This cookware become one of your most-used items.Tramontina Tri-ply Clad 4-Quart Covered Saucepan. This saucepan stands out for its even heating, slightly rounded corners, and ergonomic handle.

Stock Pot

Stockpot is typically the largest cookware in the kitchen. Some are tall and narrow, others are wide as they are tall and you can buy them in sizes starting at 8 quarts even upto 80 quarts. We prefer the wider pots, because their lower sides made it easier to monitor, manipulate, and stir foods. This great multipurpose cookware in 12 quart size is big enough and a good size for home cooks, boiling whole ears of corn, lobster or crabs.

Sheet Pans

That flat, rectangular metal pan use in an oven, you might call it sheet pan, baking tray or baking sheet can be made of a variety of materials but primarily aluminum or stainless steel. We don’t think we need to convince you that you won’t survive oven season without at least one sheet pan. We prefer the Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet, this handles a wide variety of tasks from roasting crisp oven fries, crispy bacon strips, roasted vegetables, cookies, you name it. Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker’s Half Sheet 

Cast Iron Skillet

This piece of kitchen equipment is unmatched in terms of versatility, durability, and functionality. Be sure to season the cast iron pan according to manufacturer instructions to avoid a metallic taste. A large cast iron skillet has been my secret to one-pan cooking. Ideal for frying and baking because it holds and distributes heat so well. You can’t go wrong with cast iron skillet. This Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet. Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder just perfect size and great for any slow cooking and searing foods at high temperature.

Glass Baking Dish

Glass baking dish is fantastic for making casseroles, bread pudding, and other dishes where browning is less important. Though glass is a poor conductor of heat, it distributes heat more evenly and will stay warm much longer outside of the oven. With this reason, glass has the advantage of being non-reactive, so you can store recipes right in the baking dish without worry that the food will pick up metallic flavors. Keep in mind that glass pans aren’t recommended when you want to broil foods and should never be used in direct high-heat cooking. Check this one Pyrex Deep Baking Dish Set (6-piece, BPA-free Lids)

Utensils

Knives

The benefits of owning a sharp and well-balanced knife is so important to everyday chefs. When preparing ingredients, not only you would like be efficient but enjoy your time using it. As what they say you get what you’ve paid. And so investing in high quality knife will serve you for years to come. This Global G-2 – 8 inch, 20cm Chef’s Knife is  an absolute workhorse; it comes at a very reasonable price, is lighter and easier to handle that for sure won’t disappoint you.

Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoon is a special spoon used for measuring cooking or baking ingredients, either liquid or dry and come in standardized sizes. When working with recipes that requires measuring ingredients to be added a little at a time then using accurate measuring spoon can be the key to successful cooking and baking. I recommend this Spring Chef Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Metal Measuring Spoons for Dry or Liquid, Fits in Spice Jar

Measuring Cups

You should have dry measuring cups and liquid measuring cups. Why do we need both, does it matter which kind to use? For me, the reason for having both is for ease of measurement. You won’t have to worry about spilling your liquids or getting the top of your dry ingredients smooth enough to measure. Stainless Steel Measuring Cups / Pyrex Measuring Cups

Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons don’t quickly heat to scalding temperatures, chemically react with acidic foods, or scratch pots and bowls, as their metal counterparts do. They don’t melt or leach chemicals or strange tastes into hot foods as plastic does. A wooden spoon can be used to stir any dish in any type of vessel. Just like any other utensil, wood or not, after it’s been contact with raw meat, poultry or fish should be thoroughly washed with soap and hot water. And since wooden items can absorb odors from strong flavors, rubbing the wooden surface with the cut side of halved lemon or with a paste made of baking soda will do the trick.

Fish Turner

I love fish and it just make sense for me to have one in my kitchen but hey you don’t even have to like fish to own one. If there is one metal spatula you allow into your utensil drawer let it be this one. This tool is useful for far more that its name implies. Compared with a regular slotted spatula, a fish spatula has gently curved, thinner almost sharp edge longer, more widely spaced tines. This design which make it great for sliding under delicate food and anything that needs a little more effort to flip. Winco FST-6 6.5-Inch Blade Fish Spatula

Peeler

A serrated vegetable peeler can make peeling some foods easier. Instead of slipping and sliding on smooth, waxy or thick skins, the serrated blade is able to hold its grip and dig in when needed to remove the skin. It is also great for fuzzy and delicate fruits too because you won’t slip as you peel, and the fruit won’t be bruised as you try to remove the outer fuzz. A peeler differs from a knife in that the blade has a slot cut into it, which is sharpened on the inside edge, while the other side prevents the blade from cutting too far into the vegetable.

Whisk

This standard kitchen utensil comes in many shapes and sizes. They all have used for but this Balloon Whisk does it all and is the best whisk for most people. It’s a great all-purpose whisk, equally efficient at whipping cream or stirring a pot of sauce

Tongs

Your kitchen tongs are ideal for flipping steaks or chicken on the grill. But they can do so much more. It’s like an extended and extra set of invincible hands. And you can think of anything how to use your kitchen tongs as one of your best helper in your kitchen

Dishes, Tools and Gadgets

Cutting Board

When you ask a chef what’s the important tool in the kitchen they’ll probably say a knife. And good knife makes cooking a lot easier and pleasant if paired with a trusted partner – the cutting board. Having a proper cutting board is important because it keeps a knife from going dull too soon. There is really only one kind of cutting board you should buy, and that is a wooden one

Bowls in every size

When it comes to mixing bowl, considering a deep bowl particularly suited for mixing ingredients together in. Typically one should at least three mixing bowls of different sizes as you might use them to store ingredients separately. Makes it more convenient if you can use the mixing bowl to heat up or chill ingredients, so consider bowls which can handle temperature change well. They come in many materials, such as stainless steel, ceramic, glass, and plastic.

Colander / Mesh Strainer

Sieves, Colanders, Strainers, aren’t these all the same thing? They’re all bowl-shaped vessels with holes throughout their surfaces, making them useful for draining and straining. This humble kitchen tools can do more than drain pasta. Whenever liquids and solids you need to separate in the kitchen, strainers and colanders are definitely a necessity. They are typically made up of light metal such as aluminum or thinly rolled stainless steel. They are also made of plastic, silicone, ceramic, and enamelware.

Can Opener

There are wide variety of different designs available ranging from manually operated small tools to automated openers that quickly and easily remove the top of the can. You may not even need it at all if all the canned goods in your pantry have easy-to-open pull tabs. Nevertheless, you should keep one in case you find yourself struggling pulling up that can top.

Stick Blender

This portable handheld blender with a single rotary blade (also known as a hand blender or stick blender). A convenient alternative to dragging out a big stand mixer just to whip a little cream.  They are truly versatile and convenient they are to expedites the process of beating, emulsifying, puréeing, or whipping ingredients together.

Zester / Grater

I love to zest! Especially for recipes that calls for shredded ingredients like citrus rind or zest, you’ll need to use a zester or grater to achieve the correct ingredient texture required for the dish. This Classic Zester / Four Blade Four Sided Box Grater has a special spot in our kitchen drawer.

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