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Kitchen Essentials List: 71 of the Best Kitchen Cookware, Utensils, Equipment, Tools, Appliances & More


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This kitchen essentials list is the last you'll ever need. Check out 71 of the best quality cookware, utensils, equipment, tools, appliances & more for your minimalist kitchen in this kitchen essentials list.

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Kitchen Essentials List: 71 of the Best Kitchen Cookware, Utensils, Equipment, Tools, Appliances & More

  1. 1. If you’ve ever attempted to purchase cookware for a new kitchen…
  2. 2. …or simply tried to improve the qualityof tools in your current kitchen…
  3. 3. …you’ve probably found that stocking up on high quality kitchen essentials is way harder than it should be.
  4. 4. So how do you decide which cookware is quality, need-to- have and which is junk, maybe-nice-to-have?
  5. 5. Presenting… The BEST Minimalist Kitchen Essentials: Cookware, Utensils, Equipment, Tools, Appliances & More.
  6. 6. 1. Preparation Tools & Essentials
  7. 7. Chef’s Knife For a minimalist, efficient kitchen you only need one high-quality knife.
  8. 8. Chef’s Knife Our recommended, premium and budget chef’s knives can be found here: #chef-s-knife/
  9. 9. Cutting Board Choose an inexpensive, durable, and odor-resistant cutting board that will last a long time.
  10. 10. Our recommended and premium cutting boards can be found here: #cutting-board/ Cutting Board
  11. 11. Can Opener Can openers often only do one thing. This can opener is a multi-tool that does five. Perfect for a minimalist kitchen.
  12. 12. Our recommended can opener can be found here: #can-opener/ Can Opener
  13. 13. Measuring Cups For precisely measuring liquid or solid ingredients, this stackable and pourable set will last a lifetime.
  14. 14. Our recommended measuring cups can be found here: #measuring-cups/ Measuring Cups
  15. 15. Measuring Spoons For precisely measuring small quantities of liquid or solid ingredients, this magnetic, stackable, and double- sided set is a clear winner.
  16. 16. Our recommended measuring spoons can be found here: #measuring-spoons/ Measuring Spoons
  17. 17. Mixing Bowls For mixing together salad dressings, spice rubs, marinades, sauces, or even for storing leftovers, a set of high-quality mixing bowls is a must.
  18. 18. Our recommended mixing bowls can be found here: #mixing-bowls/ Mixing Bowls
  19. 19. Colander For draining pasta or washing vegetables and salad greens, a well-designed colander is an essential piece for your minimalist kitchen.
  20. 20. Our recommended colander can be found here: #colander/ Colander
  21. 21. Vegetable Peeler A vegetable peeler isn’t a multi-tasking kitchen tool, but this peeler is still an essential because of its ergonomic and high-quality design.
  22. 22. Our recommended vegetable peeler can be found here: #vegetable-peeler/ Vegetable Peeler
  23. 23. Potato Masher Most potato mashers are bulky and tough to fit in a drawer. Our recommended option is a “flip” masher that stores easily and is made of high-quality stainless steel.
  24. 24. Our recommended potato masher can be found here: #potato-masher/ Potato Masher
  25. 25. Whisk A whisk is one of the most used items in your kitchen. Our recommended whisk is ergonomically designed, dishwasher safe, and high-quality.
  26. 26. Our recommended whisk can be found here: #whisk/ Whisk
  27. 27. Salad Spinner The best kitchen tool to ensure crisp salad greens, this salad spinner is a joy to use and can even be used for storage and serving.
  28. 28. Our recommended salad spinner can be found here: #salad-spinner/ Salad Spinner
  29. 29. Grater This 7-in-1 grater can grate citrus, fine, coarse, ultra-coarse, parmesan, shave, slice, and even has a ginger grater. It’s a heck of a well-built multi-tool!
  30. 30. Our recommended grater can be found here: #grater/ Grater
  31. 31. Shears These extremely sharp, heavy-duty and comfortable shears are perfect for cutting up meats & vegetables, stripping herbs, and even cutting the stems off of flowers!
  32. 32. Our recommended shears can be found here: #shears/ Shears
  33. 33. Citrus Juicer Juicing citrus fruits is always a mess. This citrus juicer gets rid of the mess and includes measurements so you know precisely how much juice you’ve squeezed.
  34. 34. Our recommended citrus juicer can be found here: #citrus-juicer/ Citrus Juicer
  35. 35. Garlic Press A garlic press isn’t an essential item, but if you don’t like chopping your own garlic this highly-rated garlic press is a great buy.
  36. 36. Our recommended garlic press can be found here: #garlic-press/ Garlic Press
  37. 37. Paring Knife Though all you need is a high- quality chef’s knife, this short- blade paring knife comes in handy for small, detailed jobs.
  38. 38. Our recommended, premium, and budget paring knives can be found here: #paring-knife/ Paring Knife
  39. 39. Honing Steel A honing steel is a must for re-aligning the blade of your chef’s knife.
  40. 40. Our recommended honing steel can be found here: #honing-steel/ Honing Steel
  41. 41. Knife Sharpener For regular sharpening of your chef’s knife, a simple 2- stage sharpener is a must.
  42. 42. Our recommended, premium and budget knife sharpeners can be found here: #sharpener/ Knife Sharpener
  43. 43. 2. Cookware & Bakeware
  44. 44. Stainless Steel Skillet The stainless steel skillet will be the workhorse of your kitchen. Buy once, use for a lifetime.
  45. 45. Our recommended and premium stainless steel skillets can be found here: #stainless-steel-skillet/ Stainless Steel Skillet
  46. 46. Sauté Pan With a wide flat bottom and high sides, a sauté pan is suited especially well for sauces, searing & braising meat.
  47. 47. #stainless-steel-saute-pan/ Sauté Pan Our recommended and premium sauté pans can be found here:
  48. 48. Small Saucepan For small portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a lightweight saucepan is necessary.
  49. 49. #small-saucepan/ Our recommended and premium small saucepans can be found here: Small Saucepan
  50. 50. Medium Saucepan For medium portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a high-quality saucepan is necessary.
  51. 51. #medium-saucepan/ Our recommended and premium medium saucepans can be found here: Medium Saucepan
  52. 52. Large Pot For largeportion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a heavy-duty pot is necessary.
  53. 53. #large-pot/ Our recommended and premium large pots can be found here: Large Pot
  54. 54. Cast Iron Skillet Cast iron cookware have been used for over 2,000 years. They have great heat retention properties and will complement your stainless steel skillet nicely.
  55. 55. #cast-iron-skillet/ Our recommended cast iron skillet can be found here: Cast Iron Skillet
  56. 56. Grill Pan Grill pans are great for summer dishes that you would ordinarily barbecue. With a high-quality cast iron grill pan, however, you can get those nice grill marks on your food without leaving the kitchen!
  57. 57. #grill-pan/ Our recommended grill pan can be found here: Grill Pan
  58. 58. Baking Sheet Pan Used for roasting and baking food in the oven, a high-quality baking sheet pan is an essential item for a minimalist kitchen.
  59. 59. #baking-sheet-pan/ Our recommended baking sheet pan can be found here: Baking Sheet Pan
  60. 60. Casserole Dish For those lazy times you want to throw a one-dish meal into the oven, a fine white porcelain casserole dish is a must.
  61. 61. #casserole-dish/ Our recommended casserole dish can be found here: Casserole Dish
  62. 62. Broiler Pan For use under the high-heat broiler in the oven, this sturdy broiler pan won’t warp and contains grooves and a draining pan to keep your oven clean.
  63. 63. #broiler-pan/ Our recommended broiler pan can be found here: Broiler Pan
  64. 64. Stockpot This very largepot (12-quarts) is ideal for homemade broth or large portions of soup. It isn’t an essential item for a minimalist kitchen, but if you are the “broth-making” type, this is a great buy.
  65. 65. #stockpot/ Our recommended stockpot can be found here: Stockpot
  66. 66. 3. Cooking Tools & Kitchen Utensils
  67. 67. Spatula A spatula is an essential cooking tool used for mixing, spreading, and turning. Our recommended spatula is heat resistant up to 600 degrees fahrenheit and won’t melt if you leave it against a hot pan!
  68. 68. #spatula/ Our recommended spatula can be found here: Spatula
  69. 69. Stirring Spoon These stirring spoons are extremely high- quality. Durable, heat resistant, dishwasher safe, and they won’t scratch cookware or pans. Highly recommended!
  70. 70. #stirring-spoon/ Our recommended stirring spoon can be found here: Stirring Spoon
  71. 71. Tongs For easily flipping meats and vegetables, a good pair of tongs is a must. This pair won’t scratch your cookware, won’t melt, and can be operated with only one hand!
  72. 72. #tongs/ Our recommended tongs can be found here: Tongs
  73. 73. Ladle A ladle is used for serving liquid dishes like soups, stews, or sauces. This ladle is strongly built and won’t melt if you leave it against a hot pan. It’s a great buy.
  74. 74. #ladle/ Our recommended ladle can be found here: Ladle
  75. 75. Oven Mitts No more wrapping your hands in a towel when removing dishes from the oven. These oven mitts are dishwasher safe and will protect your hands for a lifetime.
  76. 76. #oven-mitts/ Our recommended oven mitts can be found here: Oven Mitts
  77. 77. Trivet A trivet is a heat resistant pad that you place hot dishes on. Do away with dirty cloth trivets, and use these beautiful bamboo trivets that will last a lifetime.
  78. 78. #trivet/ Our recommended trivet can be found here: Trivet
  79. 79. Splatter Guard Cooking can be messy. With this fine mesh splatter guard you’ll no longer have to clean up splattering grease and oil from your pans. It will fit most pans, is simple to clean, and even has feet so you can set it down after use and keep your countertops clean.
  80. 80. #splatter-guard/ Our recommended splatter guard can be found here: Splatter Guard
  81. 81. Thermometer A quality meat thermometer is a must if you often cook meats and want to stop guessing when they’re done. This top-selling and ultra- fast thermometer is a great buy!
  82. 82. #thermometer/ Our recommended thermometer can be found here: Thermometer
  83. 83. 4. Appliances
  84. 84. Immersion Blender An immersion blender is used to blend or purée food in the container it’s being prepared in. This is a super useful item for blending soups and sauces quickly and without any mess.
  85. 85. #immersion-blender/ Our recommended and premium immersion blenders can be found here: Immersion Blender
  86. 86. Kitchen Scale For precisely measuring raw food, a small & lightweight scale is needed. This small scale measures in US and Metric units and is highly incremental so you know exactly how much food you have.
  87. 87. #kitchen-scale/ Our recommended kitchen scale can be found here: Kitchen Scale
  88. 88. Blender If you’re a fan of smoothies, sauces, dips, or soups, you’ll likely want a powerful blender instead of having to use (and clean) a food processor.
  89. 89. #blender/ Our recommended, premium and budget blenders can be found here: Blender
  90. 90. 5. Other Kitchen Essentials
  91. 91. Storage Containers High-quality food storage containers are essential for bringing lunch to work and storing ingredients (or cooked meals) in the refrigerator so they stay fresh for days.
  92. 92. #food-container/ Our recommended and premium food storage containers can be found here: Storage Containers
  93. 93. Aluminum Foil Aluminum foil is useful for cooking, cleaning, protecting, scrubbing, lifting, steaming, and storing. Because it’s so useful, we recommend stocking up on inexpensive foil.
  94. 94. #aluminum-foil/ Our recommended aluminum foil can be found here: Aluminum Foil
  95. 95. Parchment Paper Parchment paper is used in cooking as a disposable non-stick surface that greatly helps to avoid messes in the kitchen. Simply line your casserole dish or baking sheet pan with parchment paper and you’ll be able to clean up in a flash!
  96. 96. #parchment-paper/ Our recommended parchment paper can be found here: Parchment Paper
  97. 97. Towels After much searching and testing, we found these 100% cotton “flour sack” towels to be the best. Drying dishes, wiping up spills, dusting, and regular kitchen cleaning are a breeze with these towels!
  98. 98. #towels/ Our recommended towels can be found here: Towels
  99. 99. Sponges These “dobie” all-purpose pads have just enough scouring ability that you don’t need a dedicated scouring pad, but work just as well as a delicate sponge does. High-quality across the board.
  100. 100. #sponge/ Our recommended sponges can be found here: Sponges
  101. 101. Heavy Sponges If our recommended all-purpose sponges aren’t enough for a heavy job, these heavy-duty scrub sponges will be able to scour any tough job you have to do.
  102. 102. #sponge-heavy/ Our recommended heavy sponges can be found here: Heavy Sponges
  103. 103. Dish Rack Even if you have a dishwasher you’ll still need to hand wash some items or to give cookware a quick rinse. This dish rack is a high-quality bargain that you’ll use every day.
  104. 104. #dish-rack/ Our recommended and premium dish racks can be found here: Dish Rack
  105. 105. Ice Cube Tray If you think all ice cube trays are the same, you’re in for a treat. These trays will release entire cubes with a single, simple twist. They’re easy and a joy to use.
  106. 106. #ice-cube/ Our recommended and premium ice cube trays can be found here: Ice Cube Tray
  107. 107. Trash Bags Because everyone needs trash bags, you might as well choose the best. We’ve got small and large trash bag picks, both from Glad.
  108. 108. #trash-bag-small/ Our recommended trash bags can be found here: Trash Bags
  109. 109. Trash Bins Because everyone also needs trash bins, you might as well choose the best. We’ve got small and large trash bin picks, both beautifully designed by simplehuman.
  110. 110. #trash-bin-small/ Our recommended trash bins can be found here: Trash Bins
  111. 111. And that’s it! You can now purchase essential high-quality, multi-purpose cookware for your minimalist kitchen.
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