10 Things That Everyone Needs in A Kitchen

Whether you’re a foody or not, the kitchen is one of the important places you can be during the day. It’s one of such spots where you can be an artist of your own and with the help of different equipment you can give rise to miraculous work. But as we talk about the kitchen and also the equipment there are many options out there and I want to help narrow those options down. Things that are going to make your job a lot easier. Here is the list of those 10 things that everyone needs in a kitchen.

To be honest, there can be many items that one would like to have in the kitchen but there are a few without which things might not go as planned. We have tried to cover exactly those things, for sanity sake, especially if you are reading in a new apartment. There is no need to go totally overboard with purchases at first, I think this list helps control that.  With my item suggestions I wanted give best economic choices and clear favorite sometimes they are one in the same, take a look.

10. Iron Skillet

One of the important must haves is a cast iron skillet. Why? Because everything that needs cooking and frying is going to go in it. You can’t just feel comfortable in cooking in that kitchen if it doesn’t have an at least 12 inch pre- seasoned model. One of the important things, which cooks everything from steaks to the pancakes. Thanks to the strong build it can also go inside the oven or even in the stove.


  • Thick bottom and straight sides
  • Roomy cooking surface
  • Preseasoned
  • Balanced weight and wide pour spouts
  • Easy to clean

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with Red Silicone Hot Handle Holder, 12-inch


Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 11-3/4-Inch, Marseille



9. Salt & Pepper Shakers

This article is mainly concerned with stocking your kitchen with tools you need, not for the table top, so saying shaker is just a convenient term that most people understand, but also not the idea I want to give for these next to things. For the salt next to the stove I like using a two compartment bamboo bowl with a cover filled with Course Kosher salt to season before the start and normal table salt if I need to add to enhance bland food when almost finished. Kosher salt is less intense, and easier to pick up to add to food. But you can use either, or both such as myself. Now to pepper grinder, it is the way to go, a fact that is often over looked is that herbs and spices do go bland after time, with a pepper grinder you avoid this because you are cracking the pepper corns at time needed, this allows you to better control your dish. With dried pre-ground pepper you add pepper and will not notice the effects until much later which can create a heavy handed pepper dish, or even worse a way to spicy leftover the next day.


  • Bowl with easy lid which finger and measuring items can get to quickly.
  • A easily turning grinder mechanism.
  • Functionality (there are tons of gear turning, amazing looking grinders, while amazing, will slow you down, get those for the table.)
  • Easy to refill and clean

Bamboo Salt Keeper



Pepper Grinder


8. Tongs

 Turning over the meats and tossing the salads is going to be a fun task. Tongs can also help you later on to pick if you have barbeque items on the menu. A versatile tool that can be used in many tasks.


  • Scalloped edges
  • Slightly concave pincers
  • Good length
  • Open and close easly

Stainless-Steel Locking Tongs



7. Colanders

Once again just a single colander isn’t going to do the trick. You at times have a very small amount or sometimes a big portion that needs to get strained through it,  if you’re a fan of pasta you can’t go for a small amount so the best pick is going to have colanders of different sizes. You can buy a large one like a five-quart strainer just so nothing goes wrong but the one’s in sizes will help you pour all of the material with ease and safety.


  • 4- to 7 – quarts
  • Metal ring on bottom for stability and balance 
  • Small holes so pasta does not slip through

Precision Pierced Stainless Steel 5-Quart Colander


6. Knives

Seriously! You saw this coming. Having great knives can actually help you a lot in the kitchen and to be honest they are key to exquisite cooking. The chefs have their knives customized and even in the top rated restaurants they are a part of their costume. When you start to delve into the world of kitchen knives you begin to see the difference is uses and shapes. I am going to cover the work horse of the kitchen knife world which the Chef Knife, if you have a good chefs knife you are putting yourself in great starting position.


  • High-Carbon stainless-steel Knife
  • Thin, curved 8-inch blade
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable grip and nonslip handle

Pro Chef’s Knife, 8-Inch 


Carbon Collection – Kramer by ZWILLING J.A. Henckels 8″ Chef’s Knife


5. Sieve/ Fine Mesh Strainer

It can’t always be a pasta right? At times you can also cook smaller grains like rice or quinoa. That’s one of the important deals that you can’t really use the colanders for it. So a nicely woven strainer will help you get everything in line. It will strain the water away and will also help you sift other grains like sugar, flour and more.


  • At least six inches in diameter
  • sturdy construction

Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers


9″ Kitchen Fine Mesh Strainer with Sturdy Handle and Wider Hook


4. Wooden Spoon

Wooden spoons will always be in the kitchen, while plastic is fine and metal works great,  wood is great because they will not bend to hot  water or scratch metal pans, so they will always have a place in a kitchen.


  • Slime yet broad bowl
  • Stain resistance bamboo
  • Comfortable handle

Good Grips Wooden Spoon


3. Spatulas

Flipping, scraping, stirring, serving, assisting taking out a froozen pizza, spatulas does a lot of things and is another go to tool in the kitchen.  It is useful to have a metal for traditional cookware, as well a plastic one for nonstick cookware.


  • Long verticle slots
  • about 11 inches, easy to handle
  • light weight

Metal and Best:

Wusthof Gourmet Offset Slotted Spatula


Economic Choice: 

Good Grips Stainless Steel Turner



Pelton Spatula Gray


2. Cutting Board

Please! Don’t go for the slabs, those things actually ruin the blade of your knives and also aren’t a good source of cleanliness. You need to buy a good cutting board that will give you a grip and also won’t dull the knives like the plastic boards do. Make sure the thickness isn’t more than three inches. NOTE: With wood especially Teak cutting boards it is best to oil it, not every-time you use it you can just wash with soap and dry it, but about every tenth time or once a month it is recommended that you rub it down with mineral oil, a small amount of oil, rub it in, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe it off. A bottle of mineral should last you years.  This is done to extend the life of the board itself by keeping if from trying and the wood bending. 


  • Roomy work surface at least 20 by 15 inches
  • Teak board for minimal maintenance 
  • Wood grain runs parallel to surface of board

Teak Cutting Board – Rectangle Carving Board With Hand Grip (20 x 15 x 1.5 in.)


Smaller option for a smaller kitchen, I know that in my first apartment I could not fit a board that big , some of you may be in the same boat I was and will want to consider this. 

Teak Cutting Board – Rectangle Serving Board With Rounded Edges (12 x 8 x .55 in.)


1. Blender

There are many other things that we still could mention here still, last but not least a blender is something everyone wants to be in their kitchen. A blender can be used as stand in food processor which actually reduces the work for anyone and they can make sure that the operation goes swiftly. Blenders also can help you make various drinks so it’s a win-win situation here.


  • Mix of straight and serrated blades at different angles
  • Jar with curved base
  • At least 44 ounces
  • Heavy base for stability

The End-all:

Vitamix 7500 Blender


Best Buy:

Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender


Economic Choice:

Ninja Professional Blender


With all these tools in your arsenal, get cooking!

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