Ultimate List of Essential Kitchen Tools

Baking and cooking can be very therapeutic for home cooks. Who doesn’t love the smell of freshly-baked bread and cookies, especially in the morning? How about hearing your family’s praises after devouring their favorite sinigang (sour broth), kaldereta (meat stew) or adobo? Or unleashing your creativity in plating dishes and decorating cakes?

Yes, the kitchen can be a happy and rewarding place to be. Oh yes, it can also be quite challenging, especially if you do not have the right tools and utensils handy. Here are the basic tools that you need to equip your kitchen to make your cooking and baking life a breeze:

Small appliances

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  • Hand or stand mixer - for making cakes, cookies, bread, eggs, pancakes, whipped cream
  • Blender - for smoothies, shakes. nuts, oreos, graham crackers, pie crusts, sauces and dips
  • Rice cooker - for that perfect rice, steamed dishes, risotto, soup

Cookware and bakeware

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    • Baking/sheet pans - roast chicken, fish, vegetables, cookies, cakes, puff pastries, bread, macaroons
    • Baking dish - buttered fish, garlic prawns, chicken parmesan, eggplant parmigiana, lasagna, macaroni, casseroles

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    • Stock pot - for cooking pasta, noodles, chicken/pork/beef stock, and of course, your favorite Filipino dishes like chicken sopas, nilaga, sinigang, tinola, bulalo, lugaw, papaitan and arroz caldo
    • Stew pot - for cooking more favorites like adobo, kaldereta, mechado, menudo, kare-kare, afritada, dinuguan, pochero, munggo, curry and ginataan
    • Non-stick saute pan - pancit/noodles, stir-fried veggies, eggs, fried rice, fries, anything fried!
    • Saucepan - gravy, cheese sauce, pasta sauce, bechamel, dips, caramel

    Measuring tools

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      • Measuring cups and spoons (flour, baking powder, baking soda, milk, butter, flavoring, salt, pepper, sugar, herbs and spices)
      • Mixing bowls (wet and dry ingredients)
      • Kitchen scale
      • Timer
      • Glass and plastic containers

      More gadgets and tools

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        • A collection of spatulas - one is not enough! You'll love our spatulas completely made of silicone which means no grease, dirt or goo gets stuck in between the handle and the head. It also has a non-slip grip, extremely durable, easy to clean and comfortable to hold and use.
        • Whisk
        • Ice cream/cookie scoops
        • Tongs
        • Sieve/sifter
        • Pastry brush
        • Rolling pin
        • Silicon mat
        • Slicer/peeler
        • Grater
        • Knives
        • Pepper mill
        • Cooling rack
        • Chopping board
        • Silicone oven mitts/pot holder

        Please take note that this is not a complete list. We only included the tools that we cannot live without, based on our experience in the kitchen. What are your kitchen essentials? Let us know in the comments below.

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