Essential Kitchen Items for the Home Chef


How often have you ever looked for a kitchen utensil when preparing a meal only to discover you don’t have it just when you need it? Top chefs with their professional equipment never have to scramble for the right tool for the right culinary job. The home chef? Maybe, maybe not.

So, occasionally it might be a good idea to take stock of the utensil you may need to make that special recipe you’ve been longing for.

What are the most basic items you need in the kitchen? A checklist, like this one from, is the place to start. Besides plates and other tableware, the essential kitchen checklist would start with these:

Refrigerators/Freezers – You’re going to need to store your food somewhere, and proper sized containers to put them in. Right?

Pots & pans – And the right size pots & pans, too

Well-sharpened Chef’s Knife – The primary general-utility knife and “the Swiss army knife of the kitchen”

Cutting board – A durable board to place food for cutting

Spoons and Ladles – Used to stir and serve food

Colander – Used to hold back solid pieces while a liquid passes through.

Can Opener – Hey, every kitchen needs one of these, don’t you think?

Mixing bowls – Used for combining food ingredients when preparing recipes

Oven Toaster – Miniature and handy ovens used to cook and warm food

Oven Mitts – Well, you’re going to need to protect your hands from warm objects in the oven or stove

Can Opener – One of the most useful items in the kitchen

What basic items do you think you need in a kitchen? Come share your thoughts.


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