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Top 10 Kitchen Essentials

Updated on August 11, 2013

What Makes A Item Kitchen Essential

For me it is a item that can be used for more then on thing, or that one thing it dose you will need everyday. They are items when you walk into almost any kitchen from a small apartment to a restaurant you might see. Just like you could not see eating with out a plate or bowl a item essential to a kitchen is the same way. They are things like knifes, pans, and spoons. Items you just can not cook without.

Why These Kitchen Essentials

It dose not matter if you are moving out of your parents house for the first time, or have been on your own for years. There a few items every kitchens needs to have that will make your cooking life so much easier. I'm not talking about fancy blenders, crock pots, or one time use items, or the countless useless items that you see everywhere. While some of hose items or useful you can cook almost everything without them. This is a basic list of items I use every day and that I truly can not see cooking with out.



Alton Brown Choosing The Right Kitchen Knife

(1) Knives

Knives- There are only three knives that you really need in your kitchen, but if you can only have one of the three I list here I recommend a good sharp chefs knife. With these three knives you will be able to tackle any kitchen job, from chopping an onion, boning a chicken, to peeling a apple. KEEP ALL OF YOU KNIVES SHARP AS A DULL KNIFE IS THE MOST DANGEROUS THING IN YOUR KITCHEN!!

  • Chef's Knife- A well sharpened chef's knife is to me the most important knife to have in the kitchen. This knife should fit nice in your hand, and be well weighted. A good chef's knife will be your best friend in the kitchen, and most of every thing you will do on a daily bases from chopping to slicing will be done with this knife so make sure you like it. You do not have to spend your life savings on a good chef's knife, even though so people have, but you should look for a good knife that will stand the test of time. I will even say this is the only knife that you MUST have. While the other two I list here a grate to have this one is the must of the list.
  • A Paring Knife- is good for small jobs that you just can not do with your chefs knife. Like peeling a apple, or ginger. To me there like the baby of chefs knife, and always good to have on hand.
  • A Serrated Knife- or bread knife. This knife is used to slice bread, some cooked meats, and a array of things. while it might the knife you use the least out of the three at list here it is always good to keep on hand.

The video I have added to the right will tell you more about these kitchen knives, as well as others, and show you how to use your new knives. If you are new to the world of knives I recommend you take time to watch it.

Cast Iron Skillet


Cast Iron Skillet Care

(2) Cast Iron Skillet

While cast iron skillets are not as popular as they once one, and have been being replaced with nonstick and steel cookware. To me a good cast iron skillet is still king. The cast iron is the original nonstick pan, that unlike a lot of pan now in days are meant to not only last your life time but that of your kids, and maybe even there kids. While a cast iron skillet dose need some care to keep it around for even and in good condition it is well wroth it.

A good cast iron will cost no more then any other good pan, but if you take care of it will last 10x as long. You might be able to even get one from a family member or friend for that they are not using. When I moved out of my moms home I got two cast iron fry pans one that was my grandmothers and the other was one of my moms. Since then I have bought few more, and most of my cooking and baking are done n cast iron pans.

A good cast iron fry pan you can cook in, fry in and even bake in along with cooking on a grill or even a fire pit. I recommend that all kitchens have at least one good 10 inch cast iron in there kitchen.

The video on the right will show you how to care for your cast iron if you a new to them.



(3) Microplane

A microplane is a must in my kitchen. I use mine everyday for things like to zest lemon, oranges, limes and grate fruit, to grade hard cheese such as Parmesan, for spices like garlic, ginger, cinnamon, chocolate, and nutmeg. A microplane looks like a hand held grater and works a lot like one it just grates will fine. If watch food network or other cooking shows at all you would have seen one of these baby's pulled out. For me it is a time saver and something I could not see not having.

I love this tool. It is easy to use and easy to clean.

Pepper mill


How to Effectively Use a Pepper Grinder

(4) Pepper Mill

I know what you thinking that this is a given, but a lot of peopled do not have, or know about the pepper mill. Like most spices when you buy pepper already ground it loses it flavor after a while of setting on your counter.Fresh ground pepper has a wonderful flavor that lends it self to almost any dish. A pepper mill will help you save money because the flavor of your pepper will be stronger meaning you will use a lot less then the already ground stuff so your pepper will last longer. You can also but and extra one for your sea salt if you would like, but for pepper this is a must.

You can also adjust your pepper mill to do coarse grind or very fine grind on your pepper, so it fits the type of dish you are cooking. Unlike when you buy ground pepper that you are stuck with whatever ground the did.

Kitchen Shears


(5) Kitchen Shears

Kitchen shears are not like normal household shears, they are made to be able to cut though bone of of meats, along with being able to snip fresh herbs, and cooking twine. Just like knife you will want to keep these sharp and only use these for cooking, They are good for deboning chicken, and duck, cutting up ribs, snipping fresh herds that you do not want to chop,along with removing twine, and a 100 other things. A good pear should be a good wright, fit nice in your hand and be easy to clean.

Stainless Stockpot


(7) Stainless Steel Stockpot with Lid

A Stainless steel stockpot with lid can not only be used to make stock, but also to boil pasta, make stew, soup, boil vegetables, and more. While a good mix of pots and pans are always nice if you do not have the space for them this pot will do most anything the others will. Mix with a good cast iron and dutch oven your set to go. I recommended a pot that is heavy and stainless steel. As it will last along time and hold up to most any job you set for it.

Oven Proof Dutch Oven


A Yummy Dutch Oven Recipe

(8) A Oven Prof Dutch Oven

A oven prof dutch oven will let you brown meat for stew, roast on the stove and also let you make baked chicken, roasts, stew, mac and cheese, pasta sauce and casseroles in the oven, You can use them like a pot on the stove and also bake in them. The multiple uses of a dutch oven is why I added it to the list. If you ever watched Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals on food network you already know the 100 uses for the pan.I'm a huge fan of stews and roast so I use mine every week, if not more then that.

Wooden Spoon


(9) Wooden Spoon

A good wooden spoon will stand the test of time, and unlike the metal,or plastic ones you can buy it will not react to high acid dishes like homemade pasta sauce, or melt in high heat. Wooden spoons are safe on every kind of pot or pan on the market, and are easy to care for and will last a long time. While i use a wide range of spoons, and other kitchen items, my wooden spoon is never far out of reach, and if you grew up in the kitchen as I did I'm sure you seen you mother or grandmother with one, making sauces and stews and even gravy. No kitchen to me is complete with out one.



(10) Tongs

I use my tongs for every meal. from flipping bacon to getting baked potatoes out the oven. You will never run out of uses for tongs in the kitchen. They are good for frying foods, turning meats, removing items out of hot water, cooking vegetables, and on the grill. You name it a good pair of tongs can do it. I use them so much there like my right arm. I have 4 pairs in the house so that way if one is dirty or in use or have another one to grab. These are must for me, and I'm sure you will agree.


Do You Have Any Of These Kitchen Must Have Items

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A kitchen stocked with items that be used for more then one thing is easy to cook in, and also saves space. If all you have is the items above pulse a cutting board and a colander you make everything from bread to homemade pasta sauce with ease.

Some of the items I listed need some love and care but they will last a life time. I love everything I have listed above and could not see cooking without them, and I'm sure you will feel them same. If I for got to list of of your most have items, please fell free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading

Other Items I love And Use Everyday


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    • chefmancave profile image

      Robert Loescher 

      3 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub but I need to "hate" on your list just a bit. I can't see running a kitchen without mixing bowls, a couple of baking pans, several cutting boards and a set of measuring cups. As an official ManCaver, I also require a can opener. :-)

      I still love your Hubs!

      Chef ManCave

    • WhatToCook profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      I can be the same way Zsuzsy Bee . I think I will need something and after one or two uses I fond out that I don't, but lucky for me I have a sister that is happy to take these items over and ether keeps them or sales them at a yard sale. Thanks for the vote up.

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      5 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Super-duper, great hub. I wish I could downsize my kitchen gadgetry to these ten items. Life would be a heck of a lot easier. Every time some kind of new gidget-gadget comes onto the market I seem to want to have it, then after one use it ends up in the cupboards or drawers never to be used again...

      voted up and useful

      regards Zsuzsy

    • WhatToCook profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Springfield, MO

      Thanks for stopping by vespawoolf. I'll have to give the Rosie tongs a try. I'm always looking for new items to try out and can never go wrong with a set of tongs. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub, and thanks for the vote up.

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I couldn't agree more! These are all kitchen essentials we own. We have a stainless steel dutch oven but I have an enameled dutch oven on my wish list. I'm very picky about tongs. My mother-in-law gave me Rosle locking tongs and I hope I never have to use any other brand! This is a well-written and interesting Hub with nice photos. Voted up and shared!


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