6 Kitchen Essentials That Make Cooking Easier And More Enjoyable

When everything is just right in your kitchen, it can be a joy to work in. You have all the right tools and equipment to turn out perfect courses every time.

People forget the utensils in their kitchen matters just as much as the best fresh ingredients and culinary technique. One only has to have poorly chopped vegetables or badly filleted fish ruin a meal once to understand why the best knives are needed.

For those who may be wondering what essential tools make cooking easier and more enjoyable, here are 6 of them that will be worth your while.

1.A knife set

A quality set of knives will reduce your frustration by helping you cut meat, fish, and vegetables cleanly. This results in more even cooking and a more presentable plate. No more eyeing ragged knife cuts on poultry and uneven vegetables.

A quality knife set should have:

  • A chef’s knife– For cutting meat and vegetables mainly. It comes in 8 inches and 10-inch varieties
  • A bread knife – Mainly for cutting pieces of bread, cakes, pastries, and some fruit and vegetables (e.g., Pineapple)
  • A paring knife – This knife is for cutting vegetables.
  • A boning knife – You can fillet your fish with this knife.
  • Knife block – For knife storage
  • Knife sharpener – For sharpening knives
  • Cutting board

2.Measuring Cups and Spoons

You may have seen your grandmother toss in a pinch of salt and a dash of spice into her sauces. She never measured anything, yet her cooking came out fine. You may not have Grandma’s magic. If you don’t, you can always substitute her estimating eye with measuring cups and spoons.

Getting measurements right is one of the most basic steps to having recipes turn out well. If you’ve ever had a cake recipe calling for a teaspoon of baking powder and you put it .in a tablespoon, you’ll begin to understand how important this is when cleaning up exploded cake from your oven floor.

The cups come in sets for measuring liquids and dry goods. The spoons are usually graded from half teaspoon through to full tablespoon. Both come in plastic, glass, and metal sets.

3.Pots/Cookware

There are cooks out there who really enjoy their pots. They enjoy talking about their favorites. They enjoy using them. There’s a good reason for this enthusiasm. Just as good knife cuts make a difference in meal quality, so do quality material pots and pans.

Why? Good cookware distributes heat evenly. To learn more, look at this link and other sites like it that can help you select the best kitchenware. Good cookware means nothing will be undercooked on one end and overcooked on another. Good cookware will not overheat and burn your meals.

It also will not distribute toxins throughout your food during the cooking process.

Make sure that your pots and pans do not contain carcinogenic materials and other chemicals that can make you and your family sick.

4. Mixing bowl set

The sheer versatility of a set of mixing bowls alone is a good reason for them to be one of your essential kitchen tools. Having a set of matching and perfectly sized and graded mixing bowls certainly beats a hodge-podge of mismatched Tupperware containers anyway. For one thing, they look better.

For another, you can do anything in them, mix cake batter, combine and toss salad ingredients, store meat and fish for refrigeration after seasoning or even just put aside leftovers.

A set of mixing bowls will serve in many capacities for many years. These also come in a variety of materials, glass, stainless steel, and plastic. You can select whatever is best for your needs.

5. Thermometer

An often underrated but absolutely necessary piece of equipment. For food to come out well, you need to keep track of cooking times and temperatures. Without a thermometer, you’ll be guessing and end up with slightly overdone or underdone meals.

There are two types you should invest in, instant-read thermometers and cooking timers. An instant-read thermometer will tell you what the temperature is at the moment, while a cooking timer can be set to go off when the item reaches a particular temperature.

Cooking timers are especially useful when cooking poultry, and you need the central temperature of the bird to reach heat before it can be considered done. Eating undercooked poultry can open you to a host of diseases. Instant-read thermometers are very helpful when baking and preparing sauces. Depending on what you’re making, you may need both.

6. Food processor

A lot of thought went into the last item for this list. Out of all the essential appliances, kitchen life is assuredly made that much more simple and that much more enjoyable.

You don’t have to spend an hour or more in prep work if you have a food processor. A food processor also helps you combine and mix materials when it would be difficult to do so, significantly cutting down your work and the time and energy needed.

These are your 6 essential cooking tools. So invest in these. You’ll find that cooking just isn’t the same without them.

Last Updated on June 24, 2021 by Andy Wang

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My name is Andy Wang, and I'm a retired chef. I used to work at the City Vineyard restaurant in NYC. I also had a culinary degree from the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. And this blog is where I share my love for knives and cooking with people like you.