Even the best cooks struggle without the right tools. So whether you’re a beginner in the kitchen or a pro, keeping a few kitchen essentials on hand will make life a lot easier. Not sure where to start? No worries, My Food and Family has you covered. The kitchen necessities we discuss below can help save you time and energy, so you can spend less time stressing and more time making recipes you love.
A good place to start: pans. While this may seem like a no-brainer, it’s important to mention because a great pan is the basis to a great meal. And there are so many different kinds of pans to explore, especially early in your cooking journey. A sauté pan is great for cooking meat and veggies. For example, if you’re a stir-fry lover, sauté pans* will be your go-to. Skillet pans are great for frying (hello, delicious sunny-side up eggs!) and more. Do you enjoy soups, pasta and other family meals? A large saucepan is the way to go. A baking dish is ideal for some of your favorite in-oven dishes, like Easy Chicken Parmesan, while a sheet pan is the perfect foundation for a batch of Sour Cream-Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Next, keep your hands busy with kitchen tools that flip, cut, stir and peel. Begin with knives. Invest in a set of knives that includes a paring knife, which will help you peel and cut vegetables. Get some spoons, too! From wooden spoons to tablespoons, spoons come in all shapes and sizes. Take some time to assess the recipes you like (or might like) to make, as this will help you determine what kind of spoons you need. Spatulas will come in handy for flipping burgers on Saturday evening. On Sunday morning, grab a whisk to whip up pancakes, scrambled eggs or other breakfast classics. Don’t forget to get a can opener as well; many recipes call for the use of canned food in their instructions.
Now let’s talk about other kitchen basics. A good cutting board will help you with all of the chopping you have in store for the days ahead. Whether you choose wooden, rubber or plastic, just make sure your chopping board is the appropriate size for your cooking needs. Measuring cups are needed for cooking preparation, as are prep bowls. Other kitchen necessities include colanders, which are great for rinsing beans or veggies, and a salad spinner to help you dry your greens quickly. Consider a blender or food processer for combining ingredients or an immersion blender if you’re making a delicious soup. Other kitchen essentials: towels and potholders. Towels will help you clean up spills and dry dishes, while pot holders will help protect you (and your countertops) from burns.
We hope you found this article on kitchen essentials helpful. Of course, as you progress with your cooking, you’ll discover new kitchen necessities you like to have on hand, along with plates, silverware, napkins, cups and mugs for serving. Regardless, we hope this list can help get you off to a solid start!
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