Must-Have Tools for Every Kitchen

Francine Segan, Betty Food+Home editor, shares tips on tools that every kitchen should carry!

Tools of the Trade

Must-Have Kitchen Tools

5 things every kitchen needs

-Francine Segan, Betty Food+Home Editor

francine segan with an angel chocolate cakeEven though I’ve written four cookbooks and countless articles on food, I only have a few tools in my kitchen. I’m just not a gadgets gal. Here are my must-have basics that I think every cook needs:

1. Long wooden spoon. A conductor’s got his baton; I’ve got my spoon. It used to be that my family didn’t need to ask, “What’s for dinner?” They could tell by looking at me as I was usually wearing little blobs of it. Now, my spoon is so long it keeps me out of harms way.

2. A 3 or 4-inch serrated paring knife. I don’t know about you, but those big fancy knives the chefs use on TV scare me. They might be fine to brandish at a burglar, but I’m terrified that with one slip there goes my pinkie.

I find the short size fits nicely in the hand and can cut just about everything. Just be sure to keep them sharp. For big hunks of meat, I ask my butcher to do the cutting. After all, his pinkies aren’t as cute as mine.

3. Spatula. A spatula isn’t just for flipping pancakes. It’s great to turn over anything, from foods cooking under the broiler to things boiling in a pot. Ekco makes a particularly good one that’s thin enough to get under all sorts of foods, but not so floppy that stuff slips off onto the floor.

4. Whisk. A good whisk is great for whipping up everything from cake to omelets. Plus it’s one of the only cool professional-looking tools that isn’t dangerous to use! Perfect for all the young wanna-be chefs in your house.

5. CD player. OK, so it isn’t exactly a traditional cooking tool, but I can’t make dinner without it. Cooking can be boring so I play books on tape or music while I mince and mash.


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0 thoughts on “Must-Have Tools for Every Kitchen

  1. loubell says:

    Good ideas, that’s really all you need for the basics.

  2. chaucerleelou says:

    That’s really all you need in the end!

  3. LISHY says:

    Can’t live without my whisk.

  4. VERUKA says:

    Let’s not forget food processor!

  5. LUGGY says:

    Tha’ts really all you need in a kitchen unless you are someone who cooks huge elaborate meals all the time.

  6. greenndum says:

    Great tips! I’m moving into my first home and am determined to use my new kitchen (As of now, I don’t cook at all!). These tips will really help me out! Thanks!

  7. sencerre12 says:

    There’s a few others that are needed, like a good cutting board, blender, microwave, etc. The ones mentioned don’t go far enough for full-time cooking.

  8. RELLY says:

    These are terrific ideas! I can’t live without the whisk, I use it every morning for scrambling my eggs and just stirring sauces. Great invention ever!

  9. ChattyCathy says:

    CD player, DEFINITELY! I don’t have a built-in one so I use my portable (especially when I’m doing the dishes). :D

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