Essentials That No Kitchen Should Be Without

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Kitchen Essentials

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Through the years I have kept an ever changing wish list for my kitchen and as I can afford things I buy them. I prioritize my list and save the cash. It’s very important to buy or replace what you have as you can afford to, on good quality items. Not only do they last longer but many knives and pans come with a lifetime guarantee. ┬áMost importantly to me is that I want the security of knowing that my tools will stand up to the job at hand.

The first thing on your list should actually be your list. Go to a good kitchen supply store, outlet mall or even look online and write down things as you walk through it. Don’t buy anything, just make your wish list. You can easily get away with buying some things at Wal-Mart such as a 9 x 13 glass dish, rubber spatulas, measuring cups, etc. The following is a pretty complete list of items that you shouldn’t be without; however, some of us love to cook and some don’t. Make your list based on what you know you need or want for your kitchen.


  • A good set of knives and kitchen sheers such as Wusthof, Henckles etc. Both guaranteed for life.
  • Knife sharpener
  • Utensils such as 2 large whisks with large handles, rubber spatulas in various sizes, heavy duty tongs, spatulas, large slotted and unslotted cooking spoons, wooden spoons, large ladle. If you can bend it, don’t buy it.
  • Cheese grater
  • Garlic press
  • Oven thermometer
  • Meat thermometer
  • Coffee grinder, works for herbs and nuts too
  • 1 large wood cutting board, for everything but meat
  • 1 large non wood cutting board, for meat. I do not recommend glass.
  • Set of stainless steel mixing bowls
  • Metal measuring spoons, I have 2 sets
  • Metal measuring cups for dry ingredients, I have 2 sets. Plastic will scratch, become hard to read and will harbor germs.
  • Glass measuring cup for liquid ingredients. I have a 2 cup and 4 cup.
  • A good set of storage containers then toss your mis-matched containers away. They store efficiently using less space and frustration.
  • Large colander
  • Mesh colander
  • Mesh splatter screen
  • Funnel
  • Digital kitchen timer
  • Oven mitts, I like the square ones, they work as a mitt and a counter top pot holder.
  • Magnetic eraser board for the refrigerator. I keep track of grocery needs with mine.

Kitchen Appliances

Appliances and Pans

  • Rotisserie (my personal essential, it’s my favorite appliance)
  • Electric skillet, I prefer 16″ w/ glass top (my 2nd favorite appliance)
  • Bread machine (my 3rd favorite appliance)
  • Hand mixer
  • Stand mixer
  • Slow Cooker
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Blender, I have a large one and a bullet blender for smaller jobs
  • Food Processor, 4 cup
  • Indoor counter top grill, I have a panini maker. It whips meat out in 3-4 minutes.
  • Large roasting pan, large enough for a turkey or ham
  • 3 quart, 4 quart and 5 quart pots
  • Stock pot
  • 8″ and 12″ non stick frying pans
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 8×8 glass pan
  • 9×13 glass pan
  • Steamer, microwave, stovetop or electric. I have a microwave one.
  • Cake and pie pans, if you bake


wine glasses

  • A matched set of both glass & plastic glasses. Plastic is a must if you entertain outside.
  • Serving bowls and platters , various shapes, sizes, glass and acrylic.
  • Warming serving buffet
  • Chilled serving buffet (the ice under the food type)
  • Cocktail glasses, tall and short, wine, martini and margarita glasses. I use margarita glasses for salsa, dips, guacamole, cocktail sauce etc.
  • Wine corker
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Shot glasses

I use everything I have, I’m not big on buying things because they are the latest craze just to end up using valuable shelf space. If you have items like this, consider donating them to make space for what you will use.


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