Use this 60 must-have kitchen items list to make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen. These tools will ensure you have properly stocked cupboards and the right equipment for making any meal.
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When I got my first apartment I had no idea which tools I needed to buy to be able to make myself meals. I knew my mom had all the stuff we needed before, so it didn't occur to me to take note of what those were. I wish I would have had this list.
These are also great gift ideas for people in your life who like to cook or are just starting out and don't know where to begin.
It's important to make sure you have the equipment you need in order to make all your meals. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of a recipe with no mixing bowls or way to zest your lemons, kids.
I use all of these (and more!) in my own kitchen. Each one was picked because it's something I, personally, use or because I would buy it if I needed to update that tool.
Must-Have Kitchen Items List
Budget version: Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife
Pro version: Zwilling Chef's Knife
Budget version: Mercer Culinary Millennia Paring Knife
Pro version: Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Paring Knife
Serrated utility knife
Budget version: Cuisinart C77TR-5SUT Triple Rivet Collection 5" Serrated Utility Knife
Pro version: Zwilling J.A. Henckels Professional S Serrated Utility Knife
KitchenAid Classic Euro Peeler
HÖLM 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mesh Micro-Perforated Strainer Colander Set
KitchenAid Gourmet Nylon Ladle
Get most of the spatulas and spoons you need with this 9 Piece Silicone Spatula Set
Wide flat spatula
KitchenAid Gourmet Large Solid Turner
Ozeri Stone Earth All-in-One Sauce Pan
MICHELANGELO 3 Quart Saucepan with Lid
Gotham Steel Stock Pot with Ultra Nonstick Ceramic and Titanium Coating
Pots and Pans set: Gotham Steel Cookware + Bakeware Set with Nonstick Durable Ceramic Copper Coating
Colored: Simply Genius (8 Piece) Extra Thick Cutting Boards for Kitchen Prep
Bamboo: Greener Chef Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board
Set of mixing bowls
12 Piece Plastic Nesting Bowls Set
Delling 3 Oz Ceramic Dip Bowls Set
KitchenAid Classic Measuring Cups
KitchenAid Classic Measuring Spoons
OXO Good Grips Soft-Handled Can Opener
KitchenAid Gourmet Utility Whisk
Hotec Premium Stainless Steel Locking Kitchen Tongs with Silicon Tips
AmazonBasics Hand Zester and Grater
Deiss PRO Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater
Heavy Duty Shears Ultra Sharp Stainless Steel Multi-function Kitchen Scissors
Presto EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Half Sheet
Checkered Chef Cooling Racks For Baking
GRIDMANN Pro Silicone Baking Mat
Wilton Perfect Results Premium Non-Stick Bakeware Muffin and Cupcake Pan
9x13 baking pan
USA Pan Bakeware Rectangular Cake Pan
Basic version: Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender
Pro version: Vitamix 5300 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz.
Sweese Porcelain Dinner Plates - 11 Inch
Sweese Porcelain Bowls - 18 Ounce
Rubbermaid Meal Prep Premier Food Storage Container, 28 Piece Set
Reynolds Wrap Standard Aluminum Foil
Reynolds Foodservice Plastic Wrap
O-Cedar Multi-Use Scrunge Scrub Sponge
Lysol Professional Ready-to-use Antibacterial Kitchen Cleaner
Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap
Glad ForceFlex Tall Kitchen Drawstring Trash Bags
simplehuman Slim Kitchen Step Trash Can With Secure Slide Lock
Electric Gravity Pepper Grinder or Salt Mill with Adjustable Coarseness
This list is comprehensive without being frilly. Let's be honest, we don't need the extras when we're starting out. When you find you're ready to upgrade, there are so many fun ways to do so by shopping around.
The key is to buy good quality products the first time. If you buy something cheap, you're wasting your time, effort, and money. There are plenty of options in different price ranges. This doesn't mean you need to buy the $99 spatula. It means you should find items that are good quality within your budget.
If you try it out, let me know how it goes in the comments or on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.
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