I had a student in my class Tuesday ask me for a list of my recommended kitchen equipment. I usually hand out a list that I’ve had in my files from years ago. It was compiled from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking (which was actually my text book in culinary school). It’s inclusive of many things for cooks and bakers alike but, after I handed it out I thought to myself, “this list needs serious updating”.
I set myself to the task and ended up with this list-my must-haves for the kitchen. Keep in mind, I adore baking so there are some things you may not need if you don’t share my love for all things sweet. Questions about anything? Let me know.
8-10 inch chef’s knife (my favorite is this Bob Kramer from Shun)
2″ pairing knife, sharp but cheap is fine. In fact, get two because one will sure take a trip into your disposal at some point
Serrated bread knife
Needle nose pliers: for removing those pesky fish bones
Medium nonstick saute pan (6-8″): great for eggs, pancakes, omelettes, and fish
6 and 12″ stainless steel saute pans, with a lid
1 quart, 2 quart, and 4+ quart saucepans
Dutch oven (I love my Le Creuset) or Stockpot
Grill Pan: preferably cast iron, great for those small apartments when you can’t have an outdoor grill plus, this one works as a panini press too
Griddle: if you’re one to make brunch or breakfast for a crowd, a nonstick griddle is great to have
Food processor: Cuisinart only. I bought another brand after my tank of a Cuisinart broke and it doesn’t even compare
Standing Mixer: My Kitchen Aid mixer is always out on my counter-I use it all the time. If you are not a baker, this one isn’t necessary
Liquid measuring cups: Pyrex are great, 1 and 2 cup versions
Dry measuring cups
Flat wooden spatula
Silicone rubber spatula(s)
Stainless Steel mixing bowls
Rimmed baking sheets: I keep a couple half-sheet pans and couple quarter-sheet pans
Rimless baking sheet: one is nice to have if you’re a cookie baker
Silicone baking mat
Baking pans: 8-9″ round cake pan(s), 8-9″ square cake pan, 9×13 Pyrex baking dish
OK…what am I forgetting? I’m sure there is plenty so let me know. And expect and update here shortly. Happy Shopping!