This Grand Adventure: Chelsa-Bea: Kitchen Utensil Essentials

June 14, 2013

Kitchen Utensil Essentials

kitchen utensils, essential utensils

Since cooking and baking are such a big part of my life, I thought I would share with you the basic kitchen utensils that I just cannot live without. Cooking doesn't have to be complicated. You don't need a lot but the right equipment can make a big difference. I find that if you have the right tools you can pretty much make anything.

  1. Mixing Bowls -I must own 4 different sets of mixing bowls, and I know you won't believe it but I actually use them all.  
  2. Silpat - These non-stick mats changed my life and my recipes! I absolutely will not bake with anything else. 
  3. Whisks - Whether it's eggs or chocolate pudding a good whisk is always important to have on hand.
  4.  Knives - I cannot say enough about investing in a few quality knives. 
  5. Cast Iron Pans - I really prefer to cook and sautée' in cast iron. I know it's not for everyone but I love how full of flavor my dishes come out after using it. 
  6.  Cutting Board - I good cutting board speaks for itself.
  7.  Measuring Cups & Spoons - You can never have enough measuring devices. 
  8. Sauce pan - I use my sauce pan for everything from browning butter to making cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. It's a staple in my kitchen and I seem to always have an excuse to use it. 
  9.  Large Enamel Pot - I swear by my Le Crueset. I make everything from beef stroganoff, to roast chicken, to potato soup. It's the best pot I have. 
  10. Spatulas - Again, another item you can never have enough of. 
  11.  Food Processor - These may be the fanciest item on this list but it is one that gets the most use. From grating cheese for pesto, to chopping vegetables, to making hummus, it's one of the handiest items in my kitchen. 
  12. Baking Sheets - A simple item that's always important to have on hand and can do a lot more than just make cookies.

What kitchen utensils are essential in your kitchen?

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