Basic Kitchen Tools

Basic Kitchen Tools

You need some basic equipment to start cooking — essential items for working in the kitchen. Here’s a short list of all-I-can-spend-now cooking equipment, including pots, pans, and other tools that no home cook should be without.
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Basic Kitchen Tools

One thing we’re against here at Mealime is inefficiency. So what does this mean, exactly? It meals choosing multi-purpose tools and avoiding single-purpose tools whenever possible. Instead of purchasing different types of graters, a zester, and a chiffonade, why not choose one tool that can do it all?
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Basic Kitchen Tools

One of the dangers of living in a push button, ready-to-go pre-packaged society, is we begin to loose the skill sets and knowledge from those who went before us within a generation or two. Knowing how to use these basic tools to prepare meals for your family is something every household and person should possess. 
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Basic Kitchen Tools

Tools A well-stocked kitchen ought to include, at the very least, a vegetable peeler, hand-operated can opener, and a pair of tongs. Tool sets are a great way to ensure you have all the necessary pieces to make your prepwork easier. Pictured: OXO “Good Grips” 6-Piece Kitchen Essentials Set ($40, Cooking.com)
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Basic Kitchen Tools

While I’m grateful I don’t have to shovel the ashes out of my cook stove and stock wood in the kitchen (I do plenty of that with our wood heat stove in the living room), there are some pioneer tools I think every kitchen should have stocked. And not just stocked, but used often.
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Basic Kitchen Tools

When we started our cooking journey, we were full of confusion and frustration as we began our search for the best cookware and essential kitchen tools for minimalist cooks. When you start with no knowledge, the learning curve is immense.
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Basic Kitchen Tools

BOX GRATER A cheese grater has multiple uses in the kitchen. I use mine often for everything from cheese to vegetables. The old graters that your grandmother had tended to rust over time. But these days, they hold up pretty well. Again, stainless steel…. not plastic. A nice extra to have if you use a lot of cheese is a grater that grates directly into a storage container. But you’ll want a basic grater first. See it here.
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Basic Kitchen Tools

MICROPLANE This is another one of those tools that you won’t use often, but when you need it for zesting, it’s indispensable. Used for grating citrus zest, it’s a must have if you like to bake or add extra “zing” to things like chicken or fish recipes. See it here.
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We designed this for a new cook who’s just learning the basics, and we think it would help someone just starting out to cook a wide range of dishes. But as cooks gain experience, they form opinions about the tools that work best for them. So of course, if there’s something not on this list that you couldn’t live without, customize away!
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Quality should win out over quantity every time. But if you don’t have a ton of money to spend, and if you would rather save on items that don’t need the fancier version of itself, you’re in luck. You don’t need to spend money on the most expensive items to ensure a good product, and sometimes the most basic and least expensive things will do the job just as well.
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Drinking Glasses Drinking straight from a carton or bottle isn't very grown-up, so be sure to get some basic glassware. A combination of taller drinking glasses and shorter tumblers allows you to offer guests a variety of drinks. Pictured: Working Glass (starting at $2, Crate and Barrel)
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Our recommended oven mitts from Kitchen Elements are made of silicone with a cotton interior and are dishwasher safe. Plus, they can be cleaned very easily and even look stylish! Whether you choose to purchase our recommended pick or another option, make sure you have quality oven mitts before beginning any high-heat oven cooking. A good pair of oven mitts is a must have for any kitchen.
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Aluminum foil can be used in the kitchen for all sorts of different purposes. From cooking to cleaning, protecting, scrubbing, lifting, or steaming, this is one versatile kitchen essential. As as important as aluminum foil is, however, it’s also one of those items that you can easily forget to re-stock up on, leading to expensive impulse purchases at your local grocery store.
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Everybody needs towels in their kitchen for drying dishes, wiping up spills, dusting, and regular cleaning. But towels aren’t something most people give much thought to when stocking their own minimalist kitchen.
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Just like with kitchen towels, when it comes to sponges most people choose one type and don’t look back. But as with all of our other recommended kitchen items, some sponges are better than others.
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and so on. Instead of all this increased choice making our lives easier, it’s made it that much more difficult to separate the quality from the junk. So we decided to test all the kitchen equipment we could get our hands on to solve this problem and make stocking a minimalist, high-quality kitchen as easy as possible.
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Have you ever started from scratch in a new kitchen? Perhaps you were leaving for college, or disentangling one household from another. Maybe you were outfitting a second home, or helping a young friend or family member set up with their own kitchen for the very first time.
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For summer dishes like burgers, roasted salmon, meatballs, and marinated vegetables, a grill pan is a must. It creates tantalizing grill lines in your food, just like a barbecue does. But it’s much easier than barbecuing because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your kitchen and it only requires a stovetop element – no propane, gas, charcoal, or intense cleaning necessary.
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A baking sheet pan (or sheet pan, baking tray, baking sheet) is a flat, rectangular metal pan that is used for roasting and baking food in the oven. From quickly roasting cauliflower, broccoli, or squash to whipping up a tasty treat if you’re inclined to bake, a high quality baking sheet pan is an essential item for a minimalist kitchen.
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About the Author Melissa K. Norris inspires people’s faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she’s not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.
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After much searching and testing, we found these “flour sack” towels and haven’t looked back. They’re 100% cotton, very reasonably priced, and work exactly how kitchen towels should.
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These bags come in a 13-gallon size, which works well for taller trash bins that aren’t stored under the sink. They also have reinforcing bands woven throughout the bag which makes them extremely tough and sturdy – a nice feature that gives peace of mind when carrying a full bag. Whether you use these bags in your busy kitchen or even in the office, you won’t be disappointed.
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COLANDERS No matter what foods you need to drain, a colander is the tool you need. From cooked pasta to canned beans, colanders are an essential part of the kitchen. But there are many types and I have tried a good majority of  them. If you can only afford one, opt for a wire-mesh colander. If the mesh is small enough, it will even double as a flour sifter! See it here.
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Now if you’re looking for the Ferrari of cutting boards, look no further than this Proteak edge grain cutting board. If you haven’t tried a cutting board like this before, it’ll be hard to understand just how different – and how much higher quality – it really is. But we can confirm that upgrading to a cutting board like this will bring you joy in the kitchen every time you use it.
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We have one of these beauties in our kitchen (Mealime green, of course) and it is an absolute pleasure to use. We actually look forward to opening cans, believe it or not. Pick up this multi tool today and you won’t regret it (just read all the great reviews!).
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Is it possible to equip a kitchen for robust daily cooking on a relatively small budget? We say yes. If you are starting from scratch, without a spatula to your name, here’s your checklist of essential equipment — and all for under $300.
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A whisk is often one of the most used items in your kitchen, so it’s important to have one that’s ergonomically made. This 9-inch whisk from OXO Good Grips fits great in the hand and is perfect for whisking together salad dressings, sauces, eggs, desserts, and much more.
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They’re extremely sharp, heavy duty, and comfortable. The blades even separate for easy cleaning. With 200 reviews and a 5 star rating, these shears are a fantastic value and deserve a spot in your kitchen.