A Basic Kitchen ChecklistMarch 31, 2015 by: King
The right gadgets can bring joy and excitement to the kitchen. But with so many to choose from, and new ones emerging every day, it can be overwhelming trying to discern which ones you really need. This basic kitchen checklist will help you narrow down the essentials, so you can have fun in the kitchen, just like your favorite chef!
Sure, a big, fancy knife set is impressive and guaranteed to have you looking like a professional chef, but in reality, unless you are, a professional chef, you only need a few quality pieces to do the job. And, since most cutlery is great for performing a variety of tasks anyway, you won’t be deprived!
Chef’s Knife-also known as a Santoku knife, is a basic Japanese style knife. A 6 to 8 inch knife is generally sufficient for most home chefs, and can be used to perform a variety of tasks such as mincing garlic, chopping vegetables and herbs as well as slicing both raw and cooked meats.
Serrated Knife-this is a great knife for cutting crusty bread, soft fruits and vegetables and slicing and deboning main entree meats. As a general rule, an 8 to 10 inch is sufficient for most jobs.
Pairing Knife-this handy little tool is great for performing small, simple tasks such as cutting cheese, hand peeling fruit and cutting small amounts of herbs or garlic cloves etc. Select a 2 to 4 inch blade.
Kitchen Shears-this often overlooked tool, is valuable for performing a number of hardy tasks such as cutting through bone and hard shells, cutting meat into strips or chunks, cutting fresh herbs, trimming fat off bacon and other meats, opening packages and more. Select a pair designed especially for the kitchen and that comes apart for easy cleaning.
A few basic pieces of cookware will take you a long way. The most common choice is un-coated, oven safe stainless steel ware that can be used on the stove as well as in the oven for roasting and casserole recipes.
Nonstick Skillet-a 10 inch, oven safe nonstick skillet is great for preparing eggs, frittatas, frying, stir frying and sauteing. A seasoned cast iron skillet also makes a great versatile pan.
2-3 Quart Saucepan with Lid- this saucepan is just perfect for cooking vegetables, soups, grains, sauces and custards.
Dutch Oven or Large Pot-a 7 to 9 quart pan is excellent for preparing soups, stews and stocks, boiling pasta and potatoes and braising meats.
Other Kitchen Essentials
These go-to gadgets make chopping and preparing fun, so have fun with them! Mix and match colors, sets or sizes for a unique flair, but just remember, choose good quality products to ensure they are safe, cook evenly and will last!
- Cutting board
- Wooden spoons
- Rubber spatula
- Metal offset spatula
- Multi-cheese grater
- Can opener
- Vegetable peeler
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Clear measuring cup
- Instant read thermometer
- Mixing bowls
- Baking sheets
- Square baking pan
- Rectangular baking pan