Good food, good food and good food!!

Isn’t it what we all are craving for under this house arrest that the pandemic has put us all under? Remember every time you eat a delicious home-cooked pasta or a freshly baked chocolate cake, it’s just not the recipe taking all the credits, but also the tools used to make those mouth-watering dishes.

To put it simply, if a recipe is the heart of the food, then the kitchen tools are the backbone supporting those dishes that are served on to your plate so you cannot go wrong with either of them.

In this article, I’ve compiled a list of basic yet the most effective tools that are must-have. Let's get started with- 

Summary

Prep Essentials

Cooking Essentials

Baking Essentials

Final Words

Prep Essentials

Knife set

A sharp set of knives is every chef’s best friend. With a wide variety of kitchen knives available it’s best to settle for an entire set equipped with the essential knives like the chef and the pairing knife. From slicing meat to dicing vegetables, everything gets easier with the right knives.

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Cutting board

Chopping vegetables on the counter space is similar to intentionally causing damage to the surface. A little investment in the cutting board can save up expenses that you might spend on repairing the damaged surface. Plus, chopping gets a lot more conveniently when done on a cutting board. 

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Measuring utensils

Roughly pouring in 1 tablespoon of sugar instead of 1 teaspoon can ruin your entire dish. With measuring utensils, you can precisely measure the volume of liquid or solid cooking ingredients giving you the satisfaction that your dish has been rightly prepped. 

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Mixing bowls

Whether to marinate the meat or dressing the salad, a set of high-quality mixing bowls is a must. No matter how much—or how little—you cook, a mixing bowl is an indispensable tool for whisking dressings, mixing cookie dough, tossing salads, and storing leftovers.

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Whisk

While forks and chopsticks can be handy, whisk is a better, quicker and more efficient tool for blending ingredients, and is perfect for whisking together salad dressings, sauces, eggs, desserts, and much more.

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Grater

A grater is good for everything from grating cheese and potatoes to shaving some fresh zest off fruit for your super fancy dish. Even the simplest of graters will typically have more than one option for grating size so that you can do it all with one tool.

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Can Opener

A can opener is something you don’t want to forget! Canned beans and vegetables make for quick-cooking and are great pantry staples, but a bunch of things also come in cans that require a can opener – coconut milk, curry paste, fruits, crushed tomatoes, etc.

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Colander

Washing vegetables to draining boiled water from pasta, everything gets easier with a colander. This is an item you’ll use forever. Plus, opting for a metal colander can be a great alternative to a steamer basket.

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Tongs

Avoid uncertain burns with a pair of tongs. Flipping meat gets safer with tongs. Plus, it can be used to serve salads, toss stir-fry ingredients, or squeeze lemon like a pro making tongs crazily versatile.

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Rolling pin

Dough and rolling pin go hand in hand. Majority of the time you’re done kneading dough, the very next thing you would need is a rolling pin whether it is for making chappatis or bread rolls. 

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Kitchen Shears

Why settle for ordinary scissors when you have something better. Yes, it’s the shears, stronger than scissors, kitchen shears are super basic, super flexible. You can use them for cutting meat, herbs and for chopping the stems off of flowers.

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Cooking Essentials

Non-stick pan

Scrambling eggs, pancakes or any other delicate food are best made on non-stick pans which makes it an indispensable tool in every household.  Plus, the easy to clean, light-weighted non-stick pans ensuring a great cooking experience.

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Saucepan

A saucepan is perfect for cooking something with liquids, such as boiling pasta and vegetables or simmering sauces and beans. For small portion cooking of soups, stews, pasta or sauces, a handy saucepan is just perfect.

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Dutch oven

You can just not skip having this one. A good Dutch oven serves as the most important—and most versatile—cooking vessel in your kitchen. They're great for both the stovetop and the oven, making them ideal for braising meat; cooking soups, stews, and sauces; boiling water for pasta; frying chicken, and even baking bread.

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Stainless steel pot pan set 

Stainless steel pots and pans are certainly a little harder to wash, a little heavier, but they’re going to last longer. Having better conduction, the best use of stainless steel is for searing, or for making a crispy poultry skin because it can stick to the pan long enough to become crisp. When cooking with acidic ingredients like tomatoes or vinegar use stainless steel pans because the metal won’t react with the acidity. 

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Spoon set

Skimming, turning, stirring, scooping and a lot more- a dish undergoes various transition before it’s served on your plate. A durable spoon set equipped with particular spoons for each of the tasks would make things easier for you.  With durable spoons in the kitchen, you'd surely wonder how convenient it has become to prepare delicacies you had avoided earlier.

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Baking Essentials

Oven mitts

Similar to tongs, oven mitts would prevent you from uncertain burns every time you pull out a baking pan from the oven or when rearranging hot pots and pans on the stove. This hand gear is truly a lifesaver.

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Baking Pan

A baking pan is a definite must-have. You can use it for so many sweet things—cakes, brownies, cookie bars—and, of course, it has savoury uses as well. Look for options providing you with a set of 3 or more sizes so that you can bake as per your requirements in terms of quantity.

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Muffin Pan

Not just muffins but also for baking eggs, cupcakes and any other ‘speciality’ when recipes call for it muffin pans are a highly versatile option for individual quiches and on-the-go breakfast cups.

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Cooling Rack

For faster cooling of those deliciously baked cakes and cookies, a cooling rack is a necessity. No doubt, pans can do the same work but the bottoms’ cooling rate is incredibly slow because no air is getting to that bottom portion of the pan so to avoid the waiting time never let your cakes, cupcakes, muffins, etc cool in the pan set on the counter.

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Parchment Paper

Parchment paper is used in cooking as a disposable non-stick surface that greatly helps with avoiding messes in the kitchen. Simply line your casserole dish or baking sheet pan with parchment paper and you’ll be able to clean up in a flash.

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Pastry Brush

This handy tool has more uses than you have ever realized. It can be used to grease a pan before pouring in cake batter, to coat the dough with melted butter or egg wash. If you’re a frequent baker, this is a must-have!

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Final Words

The kitchen has an endless variety of tools to stock in but to begin with, the above-listed tools will suffice while ensuring that you can cook prepare for a healthy, delicious meal. Of course, as time passes by do continue to stock up your kitchen with other essentials as well.