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What good is having delicious recipes if you don't have the tools needed to make those recipes? This is a list of the basic items you should have in your kitchen. Anyone who has been cooking for a long time will have these tools and more. If you're not comfortable in the kitchen, this is a good starting place, as you grow your skills, you can venture into more specialized tools for more complicated dishes.

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Basic Tools Needed in the Kitchen

Pots and Pans

  • Large and small skillet
  • Medium saucepan
  • Dutch oven 
  • Large pot or pasta pot
  • Rimmed baking sheets
  • Muffin tin
  • 9-by-13-inch baking dish


  • Wooden spoons
  • Tongs
  • Metal and silicone spatula
  • Whisk
  • Large metal spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Ladle
  • Y-shaped peeler
  • Basting brush
  • Pizza cutter
  • Oven mitt


  • Chef's knife
  • Paring knife
  • Serrated knife

Kitchen Appliances

  • Blender
  • Crockpot
  • Hand or Stand Mixer


  • Cutting boards
  • Mixing bowls
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Can opener
  • Box grater
  • Rasp grater
  • Colander
  • Sieve
  • Food thermometer
  • Shears
  • Pepper mill
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