Cooking delicious dinners and baking breathtaking desserts is easier when you have a kitchen that’s stocked with the right equipment. Perfect for every skill level, these seven tools will help you prepare recipes with ease and ensure your success in the kitchen. Read on — no kitchen should be without these cooking and baking essentials!
1. Measuring Cups and Spoons
Precise measuring is key when baking, so you’ll want a set of quality measuring cups and spoons on hand. All-Clad’s stainless steel measuring cup and spoon sets have riveted handles, which will help prevent them from slipping from your hands (farewell flour spills!). In addition, extra-long handles allow you to reach into jars and canisters with ease. Browse additional stainless steel gets, and find your perfect measuring tools here.
2. Carving Board
A quality carving board, like the CHEFS Reversible Carving Board is perfect for carving meats and poultry. One side features a pyramid cut that keeps your roasts stable, while a channel surrounding the board catches juices. On the reverse side, a turkey well allows you to effortlessly anchor your meat while carving, and a groove surrounding the board prevents the roast’s juices from spilling over. Because it’s crafted from hardrock maple, the cutting board helps prevent your favorite fine cutlery from dulling. If you’re looking for something a tad bigger, you can also purchase a large reversible carving board. Determine which size is right for your cooking needs, and order one here.
Skillets are unbelievably versatile and can be used to prepare everything from burgers to frittatas to desserts. There’s a good chance you’ll be using this kitchen staple quite frequently, and going with a top-of-the-line option will pay off in the long-run. Le Creuset’s Signature 10¼-Inch Iron Handle Skillet will withstand wear and tear, and it has several features that will ensure your recipes turn out perfect every time. Even heat distribution and excellent heat retention prevent your food from burning, and its durable black enamel finish requires no seasoning. In addition, it has a helper handle that adds comfort and control when you’re lifting it. Did we mention this life-saving skillet comes in a wide variety of bright colors? Select your favorite color and get ready for great-tasting food and a lively looking kitchen!
4. Stand Mixer
It isn’t only your skillets that can match your kitchen. The highly rated KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer is available in over 20 colors, and will quickly become your favorite kitchen tool. Its 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl makes it easy to prepare cakes, cookies, and other baked goods, and when you’re finished baking, simply throw it in the dishwasher for a quick-and-easy clean up. This mixer has 10 different speeds, making it powerful enough to efficiently tackle any type of task or recipe, from kneading bread dough to whipping cream. For even more versatility, you can purchase optional attachments for your stand mixer, including food grinders, pasta makers, and juicers. Look to see if KitchenAid has your favorite color here.
If you cook a lot of meals from scratch, a peeler, like the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler, is a must. This essential prep tool is sharp, easy to maneuver, and yields great results with minimal effort. You’ll appreciate the grips on this peeler’s handle, which allow you to efficiently peel a pile of potatoes and fight through winter squash’s tough skin with ease. It’s perfect for right- and left-handed cooks and will remain sharp and sturdy for years! You can order one here.
6. Chef’s Knife
Seamlessly peel, slice, chop, and carve using the Victorinox Forschner Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, which features a stiff, straight blade that’s capable of cutting everything from meat to vegetables to cheese. The knife’s blade is light-weight and durable, and thanks to its fibrox, slip-resistant handle, slicing and dicing your food is a comfortable and safe experience. If you’re looking for a larger knife, it is also available in 10 or 12 inches. The knife is available for sale here.
7. Baking Sheet
Banish unevenly baked cookies from your kitchen with Nordic Ware’s Baker’s Half Sheet. A good baking sheet can be a difference maker, and this all-purpose pan that can be used to bake everything from cookies to vegetables to french fries. The pan also comes with an air-tight plastic lid, which makes storage and transportation a breeze. You can order one here. Happy baking!