If you cook occasionally or if you are just starting out, your kitchen should be equipped with certain basic tools. You do not have to purchase the most expensive utensils on the market. Buy what you need within your budget and if you decide cooking is something you like and you want to experiment with various types of recipes, you can upgrade.
Here is a list of basic cooking tools for your kitchen:
Chopping Boards are used to chop or cut up meats and vegetables. You should have a separate chopping board for raw meats, one for vegetables and one for fish. You will probably also want one to use for slicing cooked meats. Chopping boards are made from a variety of materials. The most common are wood and plastic. You can find chopping boards that are color-coded so you can prevent cross-contamination.
Knives are an integral part of the cooking process. You have to slice, dice, chop, and cut up ingredients for the dishes you are planning to cook. These may be the tools on which you spend the most money. The knife should be sharp and easy to use.
Knives come in different sizes for different uses such as steak knives, chef’s knife, bread knife, utility knife, and so on. You can purchase sets in a wooden rack or block.
The whisk is a tool that is used in preparing a number of dishes. You do not have to spend a lot of money on this utensil. You may want to consider purchasing a stainless steel whisk because they are easy to work with and most ingredients will rinse off easily before washing.
Wooden spoons are a versatile utensil. You will not scratch your non-stick pots and pans with these. These spoons last a long time and they do melt or warp.
Pans are made of a number of materials including stainless steel, non-stick, and copper.
When you are learning to cook, you may want to start with a set of non-stick pans. If you are planning to bake cakes or cookies, you will need cake pans which come in 8-inch round or 9-inch round sizes. They also come in square shapes and various other shapes to make specialty cakes. Cookie sheets also come in various sizes and materials.
Cookware is made of a variety of materials. Depending on the type of cooking you do, you will probably want at least one large stockpot for making soups, a broiling pan, casserole dishes, small saucepan, a large skillet, and a small skillet.
Spatulas are used to turn eggs, flip pancakes and hamburgers. You will want to have one or two of these on hand. Another good tool to have is a pair of tongs to use for turning food.
You can start cooking with a few basic tools and then add more as you gain experience, confidence, and the desire to experiment with preparing different dishes.