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Essential kitchen tools and utensils for new cooks – a basic list of essential kitchen tools needed to get you started

Essential Kitchen Tools
for New Cooks

So you say you want to learn to cook? You can’t wait to get into your
kitchen and really give cooking a try but you’re stumped about where to
begin. Well the best place to start is to make sure your kitchen is
properly equipped. Here is a basic list of essential kitchen tools that
will get you started on your new passion: cooking!

The first thing I would recommend is some good quality
stainless steel
measuring cups

These durable kitchen items will be used often in your
cooking and baking adventures and their long lasting finish will keep
them in top shape for years to come; I’ve had mine for more than 17

measuring cups

Second, buy yourself a good set (get a great set if you have the budget
room!) of sharp knives. I use my Santoku knife every day and have never
regretted spending more than one hundred dollars on that single knife.
You should buy at least two: one large for chopping vegetables and one
medium sized knife that will come in handy for cutting meat and poultry.
You may also want to add a paring knife to your collection as well.

Another essential tool in the kitchen is a good cutting board. They are
normally made of wood or plastic with both having their advantages and

Wood cutting boards look great and are very durable but
you must clean thoroughly after each use in hot soapy water and rub with
a specially formulated oil to preserve the wood from drying and

Plastic cutting boards are much more affordable and are easier
to clean because most are dishwasher safe.

Some really good pots and pans are also important. Two
non-stick sauté
(one large, one medium) and a great cast iron pan (may as well go
with the large as this pan will last a lifetime!) should cover you to
start with. Two of the greatest advantages of cast iron are their
ability to go straight from the stovetop to the oven and they are a
breeze to care for.

colanderFinally, there are a few gadgets and gizmos that every home cook needs
in the kitchen. They can certainly make life a lot easier.

A few of my favorites include:

A potato peeler
A cheese grater
A colander to strain pasta
A set of mixing bowls

There you have it – a few kitchen essentials to get you started. Now
it’s up to you to get in your kitchen and start cooking! Before you know
it, you’ll be cooking up a storm!

Once you have the essentials
then you can splash out on some kitchen gadgets but before purchasing it is
a good idea to check out reviews e.g. Panasonic Bread Machine, the
Cuisinart 7 Cup Food Processor, and Mom’s favorite
Kitchenaid Mixer Accessories.