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A Beginner's List of Essential Kitchen Tools

Updated on February 23, 2013

My Essential List of Kitchen Tools

I am no gourmet nor kitchen connoisseur, but I would like to believe I have kitchen survival skills. Yes, I do cook in our little kitchen so I came up with my own list.I do believe each list will vary depending on the kitchen owner's taste and skill for cooking. Since I'm no expert, I called my list a beginner's list of essential kitchen tools.

well-sharpened chef's knife

This is one of the most used kitchen knives ideal for chopping or slicing fruits and vegetables. I prefer to use a small one as it is easier to control. I'm not too particular about brands as long as my knife is sharp.

chopping board

Chopping or cutting boards are usually made of wood or plastic. There are also boards made of glass, steel, or marble. In my case, I use a small plastic chopping board which I find handy and works well with my knife.

vegetable peeler

The vegetable peeler is one of the first kitchen tools I became familiar with as I remembered being asked to peel potatoes when I was younger. In case you're not familiar with it, it's a metal blade attached to a wooden, metal, or plastic handle used to peel fruits or vegetables.

can opener

I remember growing up with the lever-type of can openers. It produced rough edges and you need to be careful not to cut yourself when opening cans. Then we replaced it with a butterfly opener that had a serrated wheel. No, I don't use an electric can opener, but I do use a more modern style that cuts the can from the top and leaves a relatively safe edge that is not likely to cause cuts.

small frying pan or skillet

Although there are cast iron or stainless steel pans, I prefer non-stick frying pans. These types are quite appropriate for my cooking; however I read somewhere that non-stick pans are inappropriate for some cooking preparations and should never be heated above 240 C (464 F).

serrated bread knife

I like using a serrated bread knife to slice bread, but it must be very sharp to prevent shredding the bread.A serrated bread knife should be no shorter than 7" in length. When slicing toasted bread, wait for the bread to cool a bit before slicing.

plastic or silicone spatula

Since I tend to use a non-stick pan, I definitely cannot use a metal spatula with it or the coated surface will get scratched. Instead I use a plastic spatula that will not damage the surface of my non-stick pan. Manufacturers typically claim that plastic spatulas are heat resistant, but I would suggest that you don't leave them exposed to hot surfaces for long periods of time. Doing so would cause some melting.

measuring cups

Although at times I prefer rule of thumb, I sometimes use measuring cups when cooking with liquids. These cups may be made of plastic or glass and have capacities of 250 mL (approx. 1 cup volume). Larger sized ones are usually used commercially.

saucepan or pot

Although I use non-stick frying pans, I generally use stainless steel saucepans or pots. The reason is stainless steel pots are resistant to corrosion, non-reactive with alkaline or acidic foods, and are resistant to scratching and denting. I use it for cooking soups or stews.


Naturally if I like cooking soup and stew I would need a ladle, which is used as a type of serving spoon for soup, stew and other foods. Ladles can vary in designs and sizes but are usually made of stainless steel alloys as saucepans or pots. Some can be made of aluminum, plastic, wood or other materials.


Bacon-Avocado and Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Here I want to share with you an exciting sandwich treat that is easy to prepare for afternoon picnics.

Photo is not the exact replica but is quite close.

5 stars from 1 rating of Bacon-Avocado and Cottage Cheese Sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 1 to 2


  • 4-6 pieces bacon
  • 1/2 cup pineapple jiuce
  • 2-4 pieces sliced white bread
  • 1-2 tbsp. mayonnaise
  • lettuce leaves
  • sliced tomatoes
  • sliced avocados
  • cottage cheese
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 to 2
Calories 566
Calories from Fat324
% Daily Value *
Fat 36 g55%
Carbohydrates 49 g16%
Protein 14 g28%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  1. Poach bacon in pineapple juice for 1-2 minutes. Drain from the poaching juice and set aside.
  2. Slightly toast bread. Spread mayonnaise on bread. Arrange lettuce on 1 piece of bread.
  3. Layer with the prepared bacon, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocados then finish off with cottage cheese.
  4. Wrap in foil or sandwich bags. Serve with a glass of fruit shake.


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    • Tonyx35 profile image

      J Antonio Marcelino 5 years ago from Illinois, USA

      Good list.

      A tool that I find very useful is a meat thermometer. Making sure you reach proper internal temperature.

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      kalokairi 5 years ago

      I think only prof -sef can use a big knife like your photo.I use a small one.Nice hub ,but i didn't understand why you use pineapple jiuce in your Sandwich.It must be smell like pineapple and taste like bacon. Ι must to admit that i am very curious to taste it.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      A very helpful list! I definitely vote for silicon spatulas over plastic; they can tolerate a wider range of temperatures. :D

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      thanks for your comment LCJames. LOL! It made me laugh ^_^

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      LCJames 5 years ago

      Well my favorite kitchen tools are a plate, fork, spoon, butter knife, skillet, toaster, and a chair.