If you have ever been a first-time buyer of cookware for a new kitchen or just made an effort of upgrading existing kitchen equipment, there is a prominent chance that you faced a common question.
That question is: “ What exactly do I need to stock a functional yet minimalist and modern kitchen these days?
The selection of utensils, tools, equipment, cookware and appliances available on the market is tremendous. The best way is to start small, with basic must-have kitchen tools. As your skill level of cooking and needs rises, stock up in more quality utensils. A provide simple kitchen essentials for any kitchen minimalist user.
People who just start a cooking path, do not seem to notice the importance of the quality kitchen appliances. I remember myself at the beginning “ A cooking pan is a cooking pan, no difference from a brand new one.” Unfortunately, it is not as directly as I used to think. Well-equipped kitchen with smart appliances allows us to fulfill our potential as cooks. For our working comfort and the recipe’s outcome, we need to use quality utensils to comprehend what the famous chef wanted to convey through the recipe. Therefore, I decided to make our lives easier and solve this apparently rising problem once and for good. Here I prepared a list of how to stock a minimalist kitchen in high-quality cookware without going overboard.
Essential Preparation Tools:
Chef’s Knife.Acquiring a perfect knife could be an intimidating task due to a vast number of choices on the market. Manufacturers race head to head offering us a variety of Chef’s Knives which differ in brands, sizes, and styles. I noticed, however, that most cooks are wholeheartedly happy with 8” or 9” Chef’s Knife. Since you will use it this knife every time you cook, it is an excellent idea to upgrade in a high-quality Chef’s Knife. You will quickly notice the difference how much sharper and easier cutting becomes. These days Chef’s Knives come at reasonable prices and the design, aesthetics and quality will not disappoint.You cannot do wrong with a well-chosen Chef’s Knife.
Paring Knife is a multifunctional knife with a short blade. You can easily spot one with German engineered quality at a good price. It is a fantastic purchase, superb for chopping, peeling and with coming strawberries season, it is a desirable knife for coring small seasonal fruits.
Knife Sharpener is a no-brainer purchase. Having high-quality knives in the drawer makes you realize of sharpening time. You can buy one on a budget, cheap and efficient, while still in a beautiful design.
Honing Steel is used to refine the edge of Chef’s Knife. The honing steel is usually 10-inch long, sometimes made of ceramic. It is not intended to sharpen the blade but to add a new edge to your knife’s blade.
Cutting Board is next to Chef’s Knife the most essential tool you are going to need in the kitchen. You need to pick one that is inexpensive and durable, no less than 12×15 inches. Some of them are equipped with grip handles on the side and are dishwasher safe. Nowadays most cooks sport plastic, fancy designed cutting boards and do not splurge on bamboo or teak boards. The latter is not very handy in the kitchen, as germs tend to stay on them and with a sharp knife, there is a possibility of sawdust.
Mixing bowls are perfect for storing leftovers in the fridge, mixing salad’s dressings, or meats marinate. During a barbecue time, smaller containers can hold sauces, herbs or spices. Sometimes they come handy for decorative purposes to show an array selection of fresh fruits. There is a no-winner choice between stainless steel or glass bowl variety. In each set, there are 5 or 6 dishes of varying sizes. Both materials are durable, stain and odour free.
Measuring Spoons are needed each time you must precisely measure a small quantity of liquid or solid ingredient for a recipe. Very often a measuring cup is too big for such precise measurement.You can find lots of them in stores though I highly recommend the traditional set. I like to keep things simple. This time, you will exactly know how much ¼ of a tablespoon is, and you can measure up to 1 tbsp.
Measuring Cups are one of each cook’s essentials in the kitchen preparation tools. Most favorable are those stainless steel with thin edges and additional pouring lip.
Can Opener is a ridiculous pleasure to use. Brings enormous amount of satisfaction every time I successfully open a jar lid. It is a multipurpose piece, usually features 4-in-1pulls. You can unscrew tops, open jar lids and cans with it.
Whisk is perfect for whipping cream for desserts or for beating eggs for an omelette. Whisking infuses air into a dish, so cooks widely use it in the kitchen. For avid party throwers, the whisk will be of use for salad dressings or sauces. You can find budget-friendly whisks, in ergonomic shapes, with a good grip handle. Best opportunity buy is 8 to 10-inch with a stainless steel or a plastic handle. Buy wise and seize the chance of one which is dishwasher secure so you will not worry about getting the dirt off it.
Greater is another fantastic example of efficiency in the kitchen. Purchasing a multifunctional 6-in-1 box grater prevents from unexpected costs.That is why it is also called shredder in some places. Having such a multi-purpose tool gives you a freedom of shave, slice, coarse, ultra-coarse, even you can grate citrus skins with it or grate ginger or nutmeg,
Shears are extremely helpful for cutting herbs or stripping whole meats. What is more, a friendly florist gave me a generous tip of cutting the stems off flowers before placing them in a vase for longer lasting lives. Make sure to buy shears with good grip and stainless steel blades for easy clean.
Potato Masher is a fantastic tool used by generations for mashing potatoes. We all get used to its bulky and inconvenient shape that does not fit in any drawer and causes open lid of many shelves. Therefore, a hot tip is to find a potato masher that has a flip end to give it a good hiding in the drawer.
Vegetable Peeler removes the skin from many well-known veggies like potatoes, carrots or parsley. A vegetable peeler is not only ergonomically designed but also speeds up prep of dishes in a click of fingers.
The colander is another essential must-have tool for a minimalist kitchen. It usually comes in a bowl-shaped container and is widely used for draining vegetables like salad leaves or draining cooked pasta. Buy one with ergonomic design, not-slippery base, and good grip handles. Opting for a stainless steel gives you a timeless tool for generations.
Citrus Juicer makes squeezing juice a joyful action. No dirt, no juice on your palms, no seeds in your liquid! With this handy extra tool pouring a freshly squeezed glass of orange juice seems like a no hassle at all. During the evening, prepping lemons or limes for your cocktails will not longer be a nightmare. Purchase one with printed measurements so you would know how much liquid you have just pressed.
Saute Pans, also known as frying pans vary in sizes and materials. We can divide them into three categories:
8”, 10” and 12”. The best choice is the one with sides that angle outward for practical reasons. We can find vast possibilities of purchase on the market:aluminium saute pans,
- aluminium saute pans,
- stainless steel frying pans,
- copper pans,
- cast iron pans;
The former choice, aluminum saute pans, is a relatively good opportunity. Their biggest quality is a reasonable price and moderate heat keeping. However, the side effect of using aluminium frying pans is a tendency of the material to dent easily. Thus, not only it deforms quickly but also can react oddly to some cooking ingredients and give a strange taste.
Pans made of stainless steel does a good job in our minimalist kitchen. It does not come into reaction with cooked food and is heatproof. Moreover, the durability of stainless steel is unbeatable so far. It is a good choice to invest in stainless steel frying pan.
Copper pans are relatively safe with heat conducting and very robust. Unfortunately, they come is unreasonably high prices so you must watch for bargains.
Cast iron saute pans are an incredible buy. Their only downfall is weight because of the material they are made. On the other hand, they are sturdy and robust built. Therefore, their lifespan is timeless.
Pro tip: When given a choice, opt for a non-stick pan with a wide, flat bottom. If you remember to use a wooden spatula with this pan, it will last a lifetime. It provides cooking without using fats, and its surface remains scratch-free.
Buy wise and consider a set of appropriate size lids to go with your pans.
Pots and saucepans
The same differentiation in sizes and material as in saute pans. Aluminum pots are most affordable while copper is the most expensive out of the many opportunities on the shelves. The best buy is stainless steel ones so that you can splurge in many different sizes. Kitchen essentials are three basic sizes: 1 ½; 3 and 5 quarts. For large quantities of pasta or soup invest in a big 10 quarts pot.
Roasting pans are also known as baking pans. It is one of the essential must-have in the modern kitchen. Go for such sizes:
- 9×9” square pan, or
- 9×13” rectangular pan;
If you have a sweet-tooth and favour indulging in home-made cakes and pastries, you ought to buy:
- a loaf pan,
- 9” glass pie plate,
- 11” glass pie plate,
- 9” round cake pan;
If you dream forever of becoming Nigella Lawson and never stop trying preparing excellent double chip chocolate muffins, purchase:
- 6 cup or 12 cup muffin tin;
Read carefully my advice of supplying your kitchen in baking sheets which prevent dough from sticking to the bottom and sides of the tins.
I hope you will find our research on tools and utensils very helpful. I have dutifully separated them in ‘must have’ and ‘essentials’ categories to help you browse freely. Enjoy your cooking!