8 tools every kitchen should have
A chef is only as good as the tools at their disposal. No matter how good the ingredients you have, or how well the recipe works, if you don’t have the right tools to make it happen there isn't going to be any food on the table, let alone good food. But when you're about to start out teaching yourself home cooking, exactly what equipment do you need? There’s so much of it and you can't own everything!

Fortunately, we're here to tell you which eight tools are an essential for every kitchen.
To start with you'll need two knives. You'll need a large chef's knife for big tasks such as chopping fruit and vegetables or big chunks of meat and fish. You will be using this for all sorts of tasks, so make sure it feels comfortable in your hand.

The other kind of knife you will need is a paring knife. This is a small, delicate knife you will use for close work. When you de-bone a chicken or seed an apple, this is the blade you’ll use to do the job.
Both knifes need to be taken care of and kept sharp – remember, a dull knife is far more likely to slip and cut you than a sharp blade.
Cutting boards
With the knife comes the cutting board. Both wood and plastic make for good cutting boards, but the plastic one will be easier to keep clean of germs, and chopping boards pick up a lot of germs if they aren't cleaned regularly.

For this reason it is a good idea to have two chopping boards, a meat one and a vegetables one. That way you can avoid cross contamination and food poisoning.
It is possible to peel fruit and vegetables with a knife, but it will take longer and if you aren't experienced you will end up cutting off more vegetable matter than you do peel. Getting a good quality peeler can make a pain of a chore into a really straight forward task.
You want to have a range of large spoons, as each one has its own special purpose. A good wooden spoon can be used for almost anything you care to think of, but it can also be worth getting a ladle for serving dishes with a lot of sauce, or a slotted spoon for scooping up things that need to be drained.
The ability to pick up either hot things, things covered in sauce or raw meat is essential when cooking. This is where tongs come in. Tongs work better than forks for turning meat as simply picking the meat up and turning it avoids piercing the meat and leaking its juices everywhere.

Ideally you want to stainless steel tongs with silicon tipped ends to avoid damaging non-stick surfaces. Avoid flimsy aluminium tongs as you don’t want them to bend at a crucial moment.
Without whisks there would be no cake and then where would we be? As well as making desserts, these can also come in handy when you are making sauces.

A hand whisk is perfect for the smaller jobs where you don't want to go to the trouble of setting up an electric mixer. They are available in a huge range of shapes, sizes and materials, but when you're starting out you really just need one small whisk and one large one.
Sieves seem unimportant right up until the moment when they are essential. Whether it is for draining pasta, straining your vegetables or rinsing them off in the sink, we would recommend always having a large sieve and a smaller hand held one available at all times.
And finally we get to the pans, the things you'll be cooking in. As we mentioned before it is best that you use non-stick pans here, as it makes cooking and cleaning easier if ingredients don’t fasten themselves to the pan.

You want to have three pans to start with, a large frying pan, a small frying pan, and a saucepan. You'll also want a good sized casserole dish with a lid. With these and the other tools in this list, you should be ready to cook any dish you could want!


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8 tools every kitchen should have