Essential Utensils For Your Kitchen: How to pick?

Learn about all the many different types of kitchen utensils so you can be sure to use just the right kitchen tool, whether you’re making soup, steak, casserole, or dessert.

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Working in a kitchen, whether at home or professionally, requires a good number of tools that need to be present and handy.

Also Read: Kitchen Appliances In Home: The Importance Of Having It

Going from soup to steak to casserole and then dessert, the process of making it can easily involve a dozen different tools.

Essential Utensils For Your Kitchen

A well-prepared kitchen will have a good stock of utensils ready to go for what a recipe demands. These are some essential kitchen tools…

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1. Knives

If you are cooking, you will use a knife. In case, If have a very little amount of money and you can afford just one knife, then get a chef’s knife.

You will be using this knife for 90% of your food prep, so buy a good one and take care of it. A knife is the best kitchen essential…

However, we highly recommend getting a serrated knife and paring knife as well, as they serve different purposes.

Serrated knives let you cut tomatoes and bread with ease, and paring knives are great for smaller, more delicate jobs when a large knife just won’t cut them.

2. Measuring Spoons

It’s important you need measuring spoons as it helps to measure the liquid ingredients, accurately.

But they also double as mini spoons for scooping spices and dried herbs!

3. Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons are non-abrasive on cooking surfaces and will last forever.

Choose a set that has a variety of wooden spoons, like this 6-piece set, so you can use it for different types of cooking.

wooden spoons are a popular and one of the essential kitchen utensils

4. Measuring Cups

Measuring cups are absolutely crucial if you’re a baker, but they’re also great for everyday cooking. We like to have a 4-piece set to measure dry ingredients and small amounts of liquid.

5. Peeler

When you’re setting up your kitchen with the basics, you’ll want to make sure you have a good sharp peeler to remove the peels of vegetables, shave off cheese, or make veggie ribbons.

Yes, this also comes under essential cooking tools.

6. Fish Turner

While this handy tool is advertised as a fish-turner, it can be used for just about anything.

The wider base of this tool makes it easy to flip burgers, fish, eggs too easy, and even pancakes.

7. Tongs

Tongs are like your outstretched hands and they are very useful in the kitchen! Not only are they used to flip large chunks of food, but they also help move ingredients around in a pan.

These are some essential kitchen tools or basic kitchen tools so it is a must to have in every house.

What are kitchen Utensils/cooking materials?

The main task that any kitchen is used for food preparation and you just can’t do this without having the proper kitchen utensils.

(The above video gives you information about the kitchen utensils/cooking materials/cooking utensils)

Actually, there are many kitchen equipment and tools that are used for perfect cooking, I will discuss that below in this post.


Kitchen Equipment And Tools:

Now, let’s go through all 43 kitchen utensils in an organized way, whilst telling you why you should have this in your kitchen.

Not all kitchen equipment is necessary it depends on kinds of foods you will prepare…

1.Food Preparation Equipment

  1. Chef’s knife – A chef’s knife is undoubtedly the most versatile of knives. You will be able to use it for most of your basic cutting, slicing, and mincing needs.
  2. Paring knife – Along with a chef’s knife, a paring knife will afford you the same versatility.
  3. Bread knife – The serrated edge of a bread knife will allow you to cut through it, while a flat knife will crush the bread.
  4. Knife sharpening/honing rod – All knives get dull over time, and one of these will definitely return a bit of sharpness to them.
  5. Kitchen shears/scissors –These are incredibly versatile and can make preparing your food that much easier.
  6. Chopping/cutting board(s) – There is no use having the best knives in the world if you don’t have anything to prepare your food. You can also go plastic cutting board…
  7. Vegetable peeler – this will allow you to remove the skin and peel most vegetables with ease.
  8. Garlic press – Although mincing the garlic is fairly straightforward, using a garlic press can finely mince the garlic to bring out all of its flavors.
  9. Kitchen scales – It is essential for baking, but also good if you like.
  10. Measuring Spoons and Cups – As some meals require accurate measurement of ingredients to cook well, measuring cups and measuring spoons are nice to have.
  11. Measuring jug – Measure out your liquid hassle-free.
  12. Mixing bowl – A good mixing bowl should be large enough to handle a large number of ingredients, and it should also leave enough room for the mixing process.
  13. Sieve – It is mainly used to de-clumping flour when baking. But it can also be used to rinse finer ingredients, like lentils or rice, before cooking.
  14. Colander/pasta strainer – Use to wash vegetables and other large items before preparing.
  15. Rolling pin – If you plan to make something with pastry this is a must to evenly flatten out your dough.
  16. Blender– Some recipes, especially sauces and soups, will require you to mix the ingredients, where hand blenders do their job well. You can also go for stick blender or immersion blenders which also work best…
  17. Can opener – While most cans now come with ring handles, there are still some that require a can opener to access their contents.

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2. Cooking Equipment

  1. Frying pan/skillet – An essential kitchenware. You can use this to fry a variety of ingredients.
  2. Saucepans – While you will cook a lot in the frying pan/skillet, you will also need a high-sided skillet, especially for sauces.
  3. Ovenproof dish – If you have an oven, you’re going to need something to bake food in
  4. Roasting tin – This high-sided tin is great for roasting things in, as it lets the juices gather at the bottom
  5. Baking sheet – This is not just for baking cookies, but for anything that requires easy sliding access to remove once cooked.
  6. Stirring spoon – You will need one to stir your cooking. We recommend a traditional wooden spoon, as it is less likely to warp or melt from direct heat.
  7. Slotted spoon – These will be used to remove food from the water. The slots in the spoon will allow most of the water to fall off in the process.
  8. Spatula – This is great for scooping food out of pans/pans. The slots on the spatula will allow excess grease and grease to drip off as you remove it.
  9. Tongs – These are great for lifting things out of water or turning thick meat over in a frying pan/skillet, such as salmon fillets.
  10. Masher – Especially good for potatoes, but great for pulping other food such as avocado. Whilst a fork can be used to do this, a masher is far quicker and effective.
  11. A balloon whisk – If you’re making sauces, you’ll definitely want one of these. Admittedly, electric whisks and whisk attachments to hand blenders take a lot of effort out of whisking.
  12. Oven gloves – These will help prevent nasty burns when removing things from the oven
  13. Potholders – These square pieces of fabric make it easy to remove hot pots from the stove and protect your hands in the process.
  14. Food/meat thermometer – This is essential for ensuring good hygiene in your kitchen.

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How to prepare healthy food?

After spending considerable time choosing and preparing nutritious food for our families, but one thing you should keep in mind. While preparing any delicious meal it should be toxin-free and most of the toxins come from the equipment that you are using.

Here are the 12 Ways to Avoid Toxins in the Kitchen

Materials like Teflon, BPA, lead, aluminum, phthalates, and melamine, are commonly found in everyday kitchen utensils, but they have been linked to disturbing health problems.
The good news is that there are many safer alternatives, as well as things you can avoid.
  1. Avoid plastic whenever possible when it comes to food and beverage.  Hard plastics can contain BPA, which is a developmental, neural, and reproductive toxin.
  2. A recent study found that even BPA-free plastics contain synthetic chemicals which can migrate into food.
  3. If you must use plastic in the kitchen:
    • Choose BPA-Free, PVC-free plastic
    • Avoid heating it in the microwave
    • Do not store fatty, greasy, or acidic foods in plastic.
    • Don’t use scratched, badly worn, or cloudy plastics for your food and beverages.
    • Hand-wash plastics to avoid wear and tear.
  4. Avoid hard plastic melamine dishes.  They are made by combining the chemical melamine with formaldehyde (which is considered a known human carcinogen.
  5. When it comes to food storage, safer materials include glass, 304-grade stainless steel, food-grade silicone.
  6. When it comes to dishware, glass is a great choice, followed by ceramic dishware with lead-free glaze.
  7. Avoid Teflon and any other chemical non-stick coatings. Teflon is a coating manufactured using perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
  8. Aluminum is a soft, highly reactive metal and can migrate in measurable amounts into food when used for cooking. Use caution with aluminum cookware.
  9. Avoid plastic utensils and accessories when cooking as these can melt or flake with extreme heat or wear down over time potentially causing chemicals to migrate into food.
  10. The safest materials for cookware are that include glass, high-quality 304-grade stainless steel, cast iron, and ceramic cookware.
  11. When using stainless steel cookware, know that deeply scratched and pitted pans can cause metals (nickel and chromium) to migrate into food in trace amounts. These are not toxic elements, so there is not really cause for concern unless you have a specific allergy or sensitivity…
  12. Use non-toxic cleaning products avoid bleach, ammonia, and synthetic fragrances and dyes.
  13. Filter tap water for drinking and cooking.  Find a high-quality filter that can remove heavy metals, chlorine, VOC’s and other contaminants.

Wrap Up:-

Lastly, buy products from reputable manufacturers or people who can answer your questions.

We thoroughly screen all manufacturers whose products we sell and verify that they are free of known toxins and meet all safety requirements.

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