10 Kitchen Essentials


You’re halfway through the creme brulee, guests already arriving early, when you realize that you don’t have a mixer. Does this nightmare sound familiar? Learn to love your kitchen and avoid disasters by always having these 10 essentials on hand.

1: Knife Set

Knives aren’t “one size fits all” anymore. Size and sharpness matter, especially in more involved cooking projects. Invest in a good set of stainless steel knives and be prepared for anything.

2: Wooden Spoon

It only takes one burn from a metal stirring spoon before you realize that a heat-resistant wooden one is better!

3: Spatula

Again, heat-resistant models are better, and for spatulas that means something with a silicone tip. Buy the detachable kind and you’ll find cleanup a lot easier as well.

4: Cutting Boards

This is the canvas of the kitchen, so don’t be afraid to spend a little money and find a cutting board that’s comfortable to you. Consider things like size, shape and material before you haul a new one home.

5: Skillet

Almost anything that doesn’t go in the oven will require a skillet of some kind, so look for something sturdy and versatile that can handle everything from Asian stir fry to the all-American grilled cheese.

6: Replacement Burner

No one thinks of buying replacement burners because you usually have several more if your favorite stops working. But what if they’re already in use? What if it’s Thanksgiving and you need all your burners? Keep at one least properly-fitted replacement under the sink.

7: Tongs

This is another tool where it’s important not to skimp on the extra features. A locking feature will keep it from tearing up your dishwasher mid-cycle, and a no-slip grip could prevent a real spaghetti disaster some day.

8: Pot

You’ll want something big enough for pasta but small enough that your soups and sauces won’t drown in a cast-iron cavern. Six to eight ounces should do the trick, especially if you buy them in a set.

9: Refrigerator Filters

When the in-laws drop by for an unexpected visit, you’ll be glad you had the tools to mask that smell coming out of your crisper. Check out sites like Frigidaire-store.com for fridge filters and other air purification tools.

10: Strainer

One of the great unsung tools of the culinary arts, a high-quality mesh strainer will filter more than just water. It will also wash away lumps, seeds and impurities, leaving your dishes delicious and pure.


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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Julie Henriksen
10 years ago

Nice list! I feel this list impossible to complete as you will never know what kitchen essentials you will need.

The colander was a gift when I first discovered it. Perfect for both pasta and boiled vegetables.