There are several different kitchen tools available to pick from – different shapes, colours, sizes and functionalities. How do we narrow down to just 6 essentials? Well, we can only try.
There are certain items that every kitchen can’t go without – items that should be first on the list when setting up a brand new kitchen. In this article, we share 6 essential items, their definitions and why we think they’re essential. Remember, cooking is easier and faster when you have the right equipment.
If you’re going to splurge on one thing in the kitchen – let it be a set of quality kitchen knives. Thankfully, you don’t need much more than three of those. Of course, you can own as many knives as you wish but it’s better to have a small set of quality cutting utensils than so many substandard ones. Every basic kitchen should be equipped with a large chef’s knife for slicing meats and vegetables, a smaller knife for finer cutting and scoring, and a tough, jagged-edged bread knife for bread and other baked goods.
Other kinds of knives to consider getting are:
The Santoku knife: this is a Japanese multi-purpose knife that’s also great for chopping vegetables, slicing fish and other general kitchen tasks.
The Boning Knife: Meat-lovers may consider buying a boning knife. The thin, curved blade often has a bit of flex to it, making it easier to slice closer to the bones and cleanly separate the meat without losing too much of the flesh.
2) First Aid Kit
A basic kitchen should be equipped with a first aid kit. This kit should provide a range of medical emergency tools for kitchen related accidents like burns, cuts, grazes, eye injuries and more. Here’s a list of items you would ordinarily find in a kitchen First Aid Kit.
- (1) Burn spray
- (1) Burn cream
- (1) Burn dressing
- (1) Eyewash station with solution refills
- (2) Eye pads
Minor injuries (small cuts and scrapes)
- (50-100) Blue bandages
- (50-100) Blue finger cots
- (1) Cold packs
- (20) Antiseptic wipes
- (10) Hand sanitizer
- (1) Bodily fluid cleanup kit
Major injuries or trauma
- (1) Scissors
- (1) Forceps
- (10) Gauze pads
- (1) Adhesive tape
- (1) Tourniquet
- (1) Mouth barrier for CPR
- (1) First aid guide
- (1) Cold/allergy treatments
- (1) Pain relievers
- (1) Antacids
3) Large Pot
Small pots are nice and handy but nothing comes close to the versatility that one quality large pot offers. A large pot can offer a wider range of functionalities, including everything small pots can do. Whether it’s for cooking stews, soups, potatoes or pasta, a large pot is a safer, less messy option.
Some types of large pots to consider include:
The Stockpot is a large, deep pot with a flat bottom. It is used to cook liquid foods that do not need to be extremely close to the heat source.
Braiser pans or Braisers are a large, flat-bottom pan with a moisture-locking lid. This design makes the Braiser Pan a multitasker as well as a great addition to any collection.
4) Non-stick Pan
Pans are very convenient but using a low quality pan can be rather frustrating. Non-stick pans help you prevent burnt food and hours of cleaning your pans after. As most culinary experts will know, nothing comes close to a great non-stick pan. A non-stick pan with a solid handle and thick base is your best option.
Pans come in different shapes and styles. Some pan styles to consider are:
Saute literally translates to frying food and moving it around. Logically, saute pans are great for stir-fries but can be used for any other type of frying.
Woks are a popular Asian all-purpose pan and can be used for all frying, including pasta stir-fry and deep-frying
Bowls are a pretty wise investment because you’ll definitely need them for all your cooking and baking. A set of 3 bowls in different sizes should be just fine. We recommend glass bowls because you can use them as mixing bowls (most of the time,) or in a microwave, if you have to heat something up. Glass bowls are also great to use as serving bowls.
While we recommend glass bowls, you may consider these other bowls for your kitchen:
- Glass Bowls.
- Ceramic Bowls.
- Stoneware Bowls.
- Earthenware Bowls.
- Fine China Bowls.
- Bone China Bowls.
- Bamboo Bowls.
- Melamine Bowls
6) Cutting Boards
The reason for having a good cutting board is simple – it protects both your knives’ blades and your countertops. But there are more advantages!
Cutting boards help with hygiene when preparing food and effectively simplify the cleaning process. By purchasing 2 cutting boards made of either plastic or wood, you’ll also avoid the risk of cross-contamination.
Just use one cutting board for meats, and the other for everything else.