What are the types of tools I need in my kitchen?
Using the wrong kitchen utensils will only cause frustration and less than desirable results when cooking. Invest in the best you can afford, building your collection little by little and you'll be rewarded by great results for many years to come.
Here are some of the main categories of accessories you need in the kitchen:
• Machine processors: blenders, hand-held mixers or a standing mixer, food processors, a mini-chop and a hand-held blender. Invest in quality because cheap equipment simply won't not last. Two good brands known for their quality and longevity in the kitchen are Kitchenaid and Cuisinart.
• Hand processors: these are hand-held kitchen utensils like a cheese grater, a potato masher, a garlic press, a lemon squeezer and a pepper and salt mill for high-quality seasonings.
• Knives: buy the best quality you can afford. You can buy these one by one so you have only what you use and not a lot of useless knives taking up space in a big block on the counter.
• Gadgets: these are peelers, corkscrews, bottle openers and can-openers, as well as poultry shears and other items that help you get kitchen tasks done easier.
• Measuring and Mixing tools: a good set of measuring cups for dry ingredients and a pourable, heatable glass measuring cup for liquids are indispensable for creating successful recipes. A stainless steel set off measuring spoons is also an essential tool.
• Cooking Utensils: these are the pots, pans and kitchen tools that actually help cook the food. Invest in a good-quality, long-lasting set of stainless steel kitchen utensils including a ladle, serving spoon, spatula, slotted spoon and sieves in large and small sizes. If your cookware choice proves to be non-stick or hard-anodized aluminum, then you'll need to invest in a separate set of silicone or wooden cooking utensils to protect the finishes and keep your cookware as long-lasting and beautiful as possible.
Cookware Frequently Asked Questions
Is my Anolon cookware dishwasher-safe?
Does Anolon make anything other than cookware?
What pieces of cookware should I buy?
What is Anolon cookware made of?
Who makes cookware with glass lids?
What is the history of Lodge cookware?
How do I care for my lodge cast iron cookware?
What happens if my lodge cast iron pan gets rusty?
How do I get started cooking with lodge cast iron?
What should seasoned cast iron look like?
What is the most important kitchen utensil?
What are tongs used for?
Which wooden utensils should I buy?
How do I clean stainless steel?
How important is a timer in the kitchen?
What is an essential cooking utensil?
Who makes outdoor cooking equipment?
What GSI cookware is right for me?
What do I need to cook outdoors?
What should I bring on a camping trip if I plan to cook?
How do I clean my cast iron outdoor cookware?
What is NordicWare?
What is the best material to bake on?
What is a versatile brand of rangeware?
Are there novelty cake pans available?
Does NordicWare make microwavable cookware?
Where did Bourgeat cookware come from?
Are there economical Bourgeat cookware items available?
What is the Bourgeat-Matfer Group?
Does Bourgeat have any ethnic cookware items?
What are some items in the Borgeat copper cookware line?
What's so special about Borgeat copper pots?
How should my Pyrex dish cool after being in the oven?
What is Pyrex?
What are the uses for Pyrex bowls?
How do I get started cooking with Pyrex?
How do I take care of my Pyrex ovenware?
How can I use my Pyrex bakeware?
What is Scanpan?
Are any cooking products made with ceramic-titanium?
What are some features of Scanpan copper cookware?
Are cookware companies environmentally friendly?
What is Scanpan Titanium cookware made of?
How else can I use my Scanpan wok?
What's an easy way to master the skill of tossing food as I cook it?
Is there any cookware that is functional and stylish?
What comes in a Circulon cookware set?
What is Hi-Low non-stick technology?
Does Circulon offer a commercial cookware set?
How does Le Creuset make their cookware?
Why are Le Creuset pans so unique?
Who makes a good soup pot?
Are there any novelty-shaped pots and pans?
Does Le Creuset make a wok?
What is a good cookware gift to give?
What cookware should I use if I am a basic chef?
Who makes a good stand mixer?
How do I get muffins not to stick to the pan?
What are the benefits of cooking with stainless steel?
What is the most-used cookware item?
How do I get rid of grease on my stainless steel pans?
What is the best way to keep cast iron cookware in good shape?
How do I take care of my copper cookware?
How do I use Calphalon cookware?
How do I clean microwave cookware?
How do I keep my cheesecake from splitting?
What can ramekins be used for?
What are the benefits of stainless steel bakeware?
What are the coatings on bakeware?
Are there children's baking and cooking sets?
How can I make pans in my cookware set heat faster?
What is recommended cookware for vegetarians?
What is a good, basic cooking set to use?
What are the different kinds of cookware available?
Is cooking cast iron healthier?
Can aluminum cookware cause alzeimers disease?
What are the benefits of textured cookware surfaces?
What is base contour?
What is the best material for pan handles?
What is waterless cooking?
How do I season my cast iron cookware?
What are the benefits of cast iron cookware?
How does cast iron cookware work with outdoor cooking?
How can I avoid staining utensils?
Are there any guidelines for using non stick cookware?
Should I use special utensils with my non stick cookware?
Do I need a pot rack?
What is hard anodized cookware?
What are the downsides of non stick pans?
What is hard anodized cookware?
Is pan thickness important?
What are the benefits of copper bottom cookware?
What are the benefits of copper cookware?
What are the benefits of dimpled or textured pan interiors?
Does a silkscreened design improve cooking performance?
What is even heat distribution?
How can I extend non-stick coating?
What is hard anodized cookware?
How do I clean burnt-on food from pots and pans?
How do I clean glass cookware? How do I clean enamel cookware?
How do I clean Cast-Iron Cookware?
How do I clean my shiny Aluminum cookware; How do I keep Aluminum cookware shiny?
How do I clean hard-anodized aluminum cookware?
How do I clean my copper cookware?
How do I clean stainless steel cookware?
How do I clean my non-stick cookware?
Do I need a large cookware set? What kind of cookware set is right for me?
What pieces are included in a cookware set?
What are the benefits of hard anodized aluminum cookware? Is Hard anodized aluminum cookware for me?
What are the benefits of copper cookware? Is copper cookware for me?
What are the benefits of stainless steel cookware? Is stainless steel cookware for me?
What are the benefits of non-stick cookware? Is non-stick cookware for me?
What are the benefits of waterless cookware? Is waterless cookware for me?
What are the benefits of enamel cookware? Is enamel cookware for me?
What are the benefits of glass cookware? Is glass cookware for me?
What are the benefits of cast iron? Is cast iron cookware for me?
I love my Le Creuset pan, but the last time I used it, food stuck to the bottom. Is there any way to avoid that?
I'd like to start a basic Le Creuset collection. What are some of the pieces you'd recommend?
I have managed to melt my spatula on numerous occasions while cooking. Is there any alternative out there to traditional rubber spatulas?
My lasagna never turns out right. Is there a pan I can use that will help me improve it?
I'd like to buy a round French oven from Le Creuset. However, my budget is limited and can only purchase one size. Which one should I get?
I'd love to buy a Le Creuset pan, but I know it will be heavy. I am fairly petite. Will I be able to safely carry one of these pans?
Overall, I love my Le Creuset pan. Last time I use it, however, my stew got dried out. Is there anything I can do to prevent that from happening again?
I have a basic collection of Le Creuset cookware, and would like to buy another piece to add to it. Do you have any suggestions?
Why is Asian cooking healthier?
What are the benefits of wok cooking?
What type of wok is right for me?
What are some different ways to cook Asian rice?
What are Chinese cooking utensils and how do I use them?
Do I need a special knife for Chinese cooking?
How do I cook in a wok? How do I season a wok?
What are the basic bakeware supplies?
What are some specialty bakeware items? What else can I bake in them?
What are the basic measuring tools in the kitchen
What are some other baking accessories I need?
What are the different types of bakeware materials?
What bakeware do I need for oven dinners?
What can I bake and cook in the oven?
I'm on a quest fo a nonstick frying pan that truly sears and browns my food. Is there such a thing?
I'd like to invest in a scanpan cookware set, but would like the most comprehensive one available, and am feeling overwhelmed by the choices. Which one do you recommend?
I'm left-handed and have issues with lifting and using heavy-weight cookware. Are there any options out there with a leftie in mind?
I'm considering buying a Scanpan cookware set, but I'm in the kitchen a lot and frequently make complicated recipes. I need something really durable. Which line would you suggest?
I'm interested in buying a Scanpan, but am not a big fan of nonstick cookware. I also happen to have an induction range. Do they offer any other lines?
I love to stir-fry, but I just don't have the necessary vigilance to care for a wok. Are there any wok options out there that are easy to care for?
I like the concept on non-stick but I keep having to buy a new pan every year or two because the coating wears off. Are there any non-stick pans out there that actually work well, are eas and are durable?
I like to see what I'm cooking without lifting the lid. Does Scanpan offer a line with glass lids?
It's not always easy or convenient for me to cook outdoors, but sometimes I really crave a grilled steak. I'm thinking of buying a grill pan for indoors. Is there any one in particular you'd recommend?
I've always wanted a cast iron pan, but the seasoning process just sound so time-consuming. Are there any low-maintenance, quality cast-iron cookware options out there for me.
I want pancakes that look and taste like the kind I get for breakfast at my local diner. Is there a griddle that can help me achieve this?
I really want an enamel cast iron Dutch oven, but I can't afford any of the brands I've seen? Is there an affordable option out there that matches the qualit of thes more expensive brands?
I have a lodge square griddle. Any suggestions for what I can use if for besides the usual breakfast foods?
I want one of those shiny black cast-iron pans without having to wait for years to achieve the finish, or for my grandmother to hand-down hers. Are there any cast-iron pans out there that have that finish already?
I just got a cast iron pan. I've seasoned it, but food still sticks to the pan. Is there anything I can do?
I'm interested in buying some cast-iron cookware. Can you fill me in on some of its advantages?
What are the types of tools I need in my kitchen?
What are the necessary processing machines I need in my kitchen?
What are the hand-powered kitchen utensils?
What knives to I need in my kitchen? How do I sharpen my carving knife?
What gadgets do all cooks need?
What are the top five cooking utensils?
What are the differences in the different All-Clad cookware lines?
What's the difference between copper and stainless steel in cookware? How can I get the benefits of both copper and stainless steel in my cookware?
What accessories go with my Al-Clad cookware?
What are some of the newest All-Clad cookware pieces?
What makes All-Clad cookware such a premium brand?
what are the secrets of success in the kitchen?
What pots and pans are right for which cooking methods?
Where should I store my cookware?
What makes a high quality knife?
Is celebrity cookware better than regular brand cookware?
What cookware set is right for me?
What is world-cooking?
How do you make a classic 2-egg omelet?
How does an induction stove work?
What should I look for in a nonstick pots and pans set?
What is good hard anodized cookware?
I am looking for some fantastic nonstick cookware that really lasts and is able to brown foods decently. I don't mind spending a lot as long as I'm getting real quality. Do you have any suggestions?
My scrambled eggs never seem to turn out right. They always seem to get overly browned. Is there anything I can do to make sure they turn out better the next time I make them?
I'm a big Emeril Lagasse fan and recently heard about Emerilware nonstick cookware. I am considering purchasing it . Can you tell me more about it?
I'd like to buy a nonstick cookware set that includes all the basics. Unfortunately, I'm on a really tight budget. What can I buy that will be decent, but also really affordable?
The last time I made tomato sauce in my aluminum nonstick pan, it didn't taste right and I think it affected the pan. What happened and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
I'm looking for nonstick cookware that looks as good as it performs. Are there any options?
I'm interested in buying some nonstick cookware that truly releases food easily. What brand would you recommend?
I've always wanted a set of All-Clad stainless stee pans, but I just don't have the budget. Are there any affordable options of similar quality out there?
I'm looking for a good-quality stainless steel cookware set that includes all the basics I'll need to set up a kitchen. What do you recommend?
I'm looking for a high performance stainless steel cookware set that includes all the basics I"ll need to set up a kitchen--and won't cost a fortune. Do you have any suggestions?
I'd like to cook more, but I am often just too tired and time-constrained when I return home. Do you have any suggestions for streamlining dinner preparation so I can put together a healthy, good tasting meal fast?
I hate waiting around for a stew or pot roast, to simmer, so I'm thinking about buying a slow cooker. Can you recommend a good one?
Sometimes I need a food processor for small jobs like chopping onions or making salad dressing. Which one do you recommend?
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I love making sitr-fries, but feel like a wok would be too limited in its use. Is there a pan out there that I can use for stir-fries and also for other types of cooking?
Is there anyting I can do so I wind up with tender meat?
I'm trying to set up my first real kitchen and I am wondering, what the difference is between a saute pan and a frying pan. Do I need both?
I'd like to buy a roaster, but am not sure which size to buy. Is there anything I should consider before purchasing?
I'm thinking about buying copper cookware, but it's a big investment. I can only purchase one piece. Is there something in particular that would be the best buy?
I'd like to add large a stockpot to my cookware collection. What should I look for?
I'd like to buy a pizza pan. What should I look for?
I'd like to make lobster, but I don't have a Lobster pot. Can I boil lobster without one?