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10 Best Kitchen Items to Buy on Amazon

Updated on July 11, 2017

Amazon is the Best Place to Purchase Kitchen Items

Why Choose Amazon?

I moved into my first house as a single guy in his early 20's. I had no fridge, oven, stove, or much of anything else. I was living off of a hot plate and microwave for the first six months I lived there. Eventually, my mom bought me an oven when I had saved enough for a fridge, but I still had little in terms of cooking utensils, appliances, and dishware. I went out to see what I could buy, thinking there was no way the average kitchen gadgets and necessities could be too costly. I was wrong. While many of the necessary items weren't too expensive, such as blenders and toasters, they were just costly enough that I couldn't get them all at once. Soon I found my way to Amazon. The four or five selections at the stores were immediately turned into dozens, if not hundreds, of selections on my laptop screen! I could browse each and every appliance, reading reviews from hundreds of people, and feel confident about my purchase without ever stepping out the door. The hours I had spent going from store to store, asking employees who had little to no idea what they were talking about, turned into an hour or two at best to fill my kitchen with all the things I needed most. If you want to save time, money, and make a more educated purchase then Amazon is the place to buy your kitchen items.

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Cast Iron Skillet

Cast iron skillets are the ultimate tool for the kitchen. They retain their heat better than any other pan, making for delicious food that is always well seared. Most pans cool down when you put cold meat or veggies into them, but not with cast iron. It will leave a tasty crust on your meats and can be used in a variety of other ways as well. It can be used for baking, frying, sauces, and many other things! And if cooking isn't your strong suit, it also a great Tom and Jerry classic weapon against intruders!

This is the cast iron I personally use at home

Crushed Garlic Will Never be the Same

This is me using my mortar and pestle to crush garlic. It flavors dishes so much better this way.
This is me using my mortar and pestle to crush garlic. It flavors dishes so much better this way.

Mortar and Pestle

Mortar and pestles are my personal favorite when it comes to kitchen tools. I don't use it all the time, but when I do it makes my meals so much better. It's basically a textured bowl and grinder that are used to grind, smash, break, and mix foods. Crushing your herbs, guacamole, salsas, marinades, or spices by hand is more fresh and delicious than buying it premade. The scents, oils, and flavors will be expelled much more from crushing as well. It takes just a little more time, but it makes your food unbelievably tasty!

My Personal Choice for a Mortar and Pestle

Blender

A blender is an obvious appliance you think you have until you go to make a smoothie or margarita and realize you don't have one. This is one of the few products I didn't personally buy from Amazon, only because I lucked out with a vintage Osterizer blender that works incredibly well. My first word of advice is that if you can get a working vintage blender from back in the day, go for it. I love mine. But if you're like many of my friends who don't have a blender and need one from the 21st century, go with the one below. My friend and I make margaritas all the time with it, and I know she uses it for her daily breakfast smoothies and her husband's protein shakes. It's never failed!

Food Processor

Many people, including myself until just recently, don't know the difference between a food processor and a blender. While blenders are great for mixing, pureeing, emulsifying, and blending, a food processor can be used for dicing, cutting, shredding, and mixing! I use my food processor far more than my blender, and I'd say this is absolutely a must have if you ever make your own shredded hashbrowns, diced onions or peppers, cut tomatoes, or cut anything nice and fine! Most places will try to sell you on the big electric ones, but it really depends on your needs. Some electric food processors are good enough to mix dough for you if you have the need! I personally don't, so I have a manual one that just requires me to crank the handle. The one I use is posted below, but there are even cheaper and more highly rated types as well!

Good Knives

I googled a good chef's knife one day and was absolutely blindsided when I saw that a single knife can cost upwards of $150! I couldn't believe it! I soon talked with a few chef family members and friends who all told me, a good sharp knife is absolutely pivotal to cooking. I became a little disheartened, being that I wanted to improve my kitchen as best I could, until I stumbled upon an article listing the best knife sets under $100. I checked the reviews on each one and finally settled on a beautiful set that includes eight steak knives, a peeler, a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef knife, a serrated bread knife, kitchen shears, sharpening steel, and an espresso wood block. The knives are sharp, they're beautiful in my kitchen, and they are sturdy and well balanced in my hand.

Dutch Oven

Dutch ovens are old school, but amazing when it comes to low and slow cooking. They're typically lined with cast iron, so you know they carry amazing benefits. I've gone over the benefits of cast iron already, but it's even better in a dutch oven. You can sear your meat in it, braise your meat, or create amazing slow cooked stews. The possibilities are endless. Some of the greatest turkeys and pot roasts I've ever had were prepared in a dutch oven. The one I have is a bit small for most people, but I'm also a single guy. To think that someone named a blanket fart trap after this amazing product is so unfair!

Fry Pans

Fry pans can be used for much more than just frying. You can make incredible sauces in these pans with the leftover resin of whatever meat you've fried up. Just throw in some wine or brandy, onions or shallots, or butter and cream. Gravies, sauces, broths, you name it! Aside from that most of your everyday cooking can be done in these pans, best of which is a classic breakfast of bacon and eggs! I personally bought a two pack because I use them so often, but there are also single types available. I like the stainless steel because it's easier to see what needs to be cleaned and I'm a sucker for silver! Buy this pan before any other!

My personal preference for good cheap fry pans

Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are the ultimate cooking appliance for single people and busy people. If you work all day and don't have time to make a great meal when you get home, just throw a roast in the cooker in the morning and cook it all day until you get home. The flavors mingle nice and long so the food is always incredible. It's also low heat over a long period of time so the meat is fall off the bone tender. There are incredible single sauce packs that tell you types of meat they pair with and you just pour it over and let it go! A delicious meal is only 4-8 hours away! My personal crockpot is listed below, but it's a little small. I plan on buying a bigger one soon, but when it comes to cooking a roast or chicken it's perfect. It's also great for chilis, queso, soups, and side dishes.

This is great for single people, but if you have a family I'd get a bigger model

Panini Press

There is no greater thing in the world than taking a delicious deli sandwich and heating it up! A panini press is as simple as making your amazing sandwich, buttering up the bread, and throwing it on that panini press. It melts the cheese, its toasted and warm, the meat is sizzling. It's fantastic. I was inspired by the movie Chef when I first saw John Favreau's Cubano sandwiches. From that point forward I've put every sandwich I made on the panini, and it always upgrades it! The best thing is, they're super cheap! Mine is below, and I bought it for about $15!

If you've never seen this movie you need to check it out!!!

Amazon Echo

So the Amazon Echo, or Alexa, isn't technically a kitchen appliance but I use her more in the kitchen than anywhere else. While she isn't always perfect when it comes to random questions, she's perfect for everything in the kitchen! She can do simple things like set timers, but she can do so much more! She can do conversions for units of measurement, she can play a huge selection of songs to jam to while you cook, and she can even come up with recipes to try with a certain skill! She can also add ingredients to your shopping list when you ask her! I personally own the full sized Echo because I enjoy the music and her speakers are really nice, but if you only will use it for the occasional alarm or measurement conversion, go with the Echo Dot. It's very cost effective and does everything the full-size version does, minus the speaker size!

Let Alexa be your personal sous chef!

In Conclusion

I believe these ten items are the necessities of the kitchen for anyone getting started. Amazon carries all of them for similar pricing or cheaper than the nearby stores like Target or Walmart. You're given a great selection of varying brands, and each one usually has hundreds of reviews so you can make an educated purchase. The best part about it is it comes straight to your front door with no hassle, and if you're a Prime member it'll come in two days! I hope you found this informative and look forward to filling your kitchen with useful items! Time to get cooking!

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      Jesse Unk 4 months ago from Ohio

      Nick,

      I agree with adding a cutting board! I've actually never used my toaster oven much, and I crush my garlic in my mortar and pestle! But I definitely will post good cutting boards next time I write an article like This!

      Thanks,

      Jesse

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      Nick 4 months ago

      These are all really good kitchen Items. I'd add a garlic press, cutting board and toaster oven. But overall, every item on this list is definitely an essential.