Kitchen Essentials Every Mom Needs

Have you just discovered a newfound love for cooking? Or have you realized that the meals you’re making at home aren’t turning out the way you want them to? The appliances you’re using might be affecting the quality of your dishes.

No matter how talented you are in the kitchen, this list of cooking essentials covers the tools you need to make dishes that your family will love. Use this as a checklist the next time you’re stocking up!

Basic Essentials

For those who are buying supplies for a new kitchen or just want to take cooking more seriously, here are a few items you can’t go wrong with.

  1. Quality Knives. For the most part, you can get away with only having three knives in your kitchen. A Chef’s knife is multipurpose and can be used for most cutting jobs. A paring knife will be useful for mincing or slicing smaller items, and a serrated knife is great for cutting bread. Consider buying a quality knife set that includes these types of knives. They’ll last you a while, especially if you regularly sharpen and maintain them.
  2. Cutting boards. You need something to cut your food on! It is recommended that you buy two, one for meat and one for everything else.
  3. Food processor. Great for when you need to chop food finer than you could with a knife.
  4. Can opener. When it comes to deciding between manual and electric, it’s up to your personal preference.
  5. Measuring utensils. If you aren’t an expert baker, it’s important to know that accurate measurements are crucial to successful recipes. Get a nice set of cups and spoons, and go with metal if you are looking for something that lasts longer and cleans easier.
  6. Mixing bowls. Use them to separate, measure out, and combine your ingredients.
  7. Cooking thermometers help you practice food safety.
  8. These are perfect for everything, from rinsing vegetables to draining pasta.
  9. Towels and potholders. These can be easy to forget, but they are great for cleaning up messes and preventing burns.
  10. Whisks, tongs, spatulas, spoons, etc. Utensils like these will all come in handy for scooping, stirring, flipping and serving!
  11. Vegetable peeler. Easily peel your vegetables without having to worry about nicking yourself!
  12. Pots, pans, other dishes. Keep in mind that cookies, pasta, and casseroles all need different dishes to bake or cook in.
  13. Storage containers. Don’t let any of your ingredients or delicious dishes go to waste. Get a quality set of storage containers that will keep your food fresh.

Others to Consider

The above items should make it easy for you to cook simple meals. For those who are looking to up their cooking game, here are a few items you should consider:

  1. Instant Pot. This is a favorite among many home cooks. The gadget acts as a pressure cooker, rice cooker, and slow-cooker all in one. Let your favorite meal slowly cook when you are away at work, or use the pressure cook feature for tasks like cooking frozen chicken in a hurry.
  2. Do away with mixing everything by hand. Either a stand or hand mixer will work fine.
  3. Pizza Oven. Say goodbye to frozen and expensive delivery pizzas. Pizza ovens can make most of the common styles of oven style pizzas from the comfort of your home. They’re also good for breads, vegetables, and many other foods.
  4. Piping bags and frosting tips. These are great if you are a baking fanatic. Make your treats look beautiful, and even get your kids eagerly involved.
  5. If you want to try new recipes and eat healthier, definitely get a spiralizer. You can use it on vegetables to make a number of healthy meal alternatives, like zucchini pasta.

Stock your kitchen with some (or all!) of these pieces of equipment. They will definitely make your time in the kitchen easier and result in tasty and memorable dishes.

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