Essential Kitchen Tools

Like any artist, carpenter, or handyman, there are items considered to be the right tool for the job. It is no different for a home cook in the kitchen. Trying to cook without the right tools makes life a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be. Additionally, for some tools, you should go ahead and splurge for the higher-end options that last much longer than the cheap stuff. Over the life of the product, you generally save money.

The below list of kitchen tools are items we use in our own kitchens. There is essential cookware (aka things eveyone must have in their kitchen) and there are the extras for the chefs who aspire to be more adventurous. Most of the items we prefer are found in our shopping page.

Must have kitchen accessories

Quality Knife Set

• Chef’s Knife
• Paring Knife
• Serrated Knife
* Melissa uses Henckels Pro S

Quality Cutting Boards in multiple sizes and materials

• Non-porous surface for raw meats (Williams-Sonoma anti-bacterial is good)
• Large cutting board with groove around the edge for cutting cooked meats
• Wood cutting board for fruits and vegetables


• Stand Mixer (Kitchen Aid is our favorite)
• Food Processor (Cuisinart is our favorite)
• Hand Mixer (with a timer)
• Blender
• Stick Blender (or what I like to call a boat motor)
• Crock Pot


• Mixing Bowls with rubber bottoms (we love the set of 3 nested ones from William-Sonoma—they don’t slip)
• Stainless Steel Pots and Pans (Melissa prefers All-Clad’s Stainless Steel, Denise prefers Cuisinart’s Stainless Steel)
• Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart Dutch Oven with Lid
• All-Clad Double Burner Griddle
• Le Creuset Classic Rectangular Baker
• All-Clad Stainless Steel Roasting Pan
• All-Clad non-stick skillets in multiple sizes

Miscellaneous Accessories

• Big and Small Whisk (Small Whisker from Pampered Chef)
• Potato Ricer
• Steamer
• Peeler
• Citrus Zester
• Microplane
• Measuring Spoons
• Measuring Cups (Liquid and Dry)
• Colander
• Garlic Press

Edible Kitchen Essentials

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