My Kitchenware Essentials List

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My Kitchenware Essentials List


I am often asked which tools of the trade home cooks should have in their kitchens. Although I probably have far too many pieces of equipment in my kitchen, the list below features the tried and true items I reach for over and over again.

I recommend purchasing the best quality you can, which does not necessarily mean the most expensive. I shop for deals whenever possible! Before making a purchase, take a few minutes to research recommendations. Cooks Illustrated, Consumer Reports and some of the food websites (Food & Wine, The Kitchn, etc.) do a good job of testing and reviewing all sorts of kitchen equipment and are good resources. Next, consider the following:

  • how you will use the equipment and if it provides for more than one application (such as a Dutch oven)
  • its weight and feel (such as a knife or fry pan handle in your hand)
  • where you will store it
  • the quality of materials and construction
  • ease of cleaning

With careful purchasing, these pieces will serve you well for many, many years!


Photo: Jenelle Botts Photography for Love + Craft Kitchen


Pots and Pans

  • 2 Fry pans (different sizes; 1 stainless and 1 hard anodized)
  • Stock pot with cover (stainless)
  • 2 Saucepans with covers (different sizes; stainless)
  • Saute pan with sides and cover (stainless)
  • Wok

Dutch Oven (enameled cast iron or a lighter weight version)

Rimmed Baking Sheets

Ceramic Baking or Casserole Dish 

Knife Set with Steel and Kitchen Scissors

  • 8” chef’s knife, slicing knife, and paring knife are most useful; I recommend Victorinox, Wustof, and Shun

Nesting Mixing Bowls

Small Prep Bowls

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Cutting Boards

  • wood for veggies, fruit, any non-meat or seafood item
  • acrylic for meat and seafood


  • tongs
  • whisk
  • wooden spoons
  • ladle
  • metal spatula
  • silicone spatula
  • peeler
  • microplane / grater
  • thermometer
  • silicone pastry brush

Can opener (smooth edge)

Stand Mixer

Standard Blender

Food Processor

Kitchen Scale


Collander and Strainer


Share one of your favorite kitchenware essentials in the comments section!


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My Kitchenware Essentials List
My Kitchenware Essentials List features the tried and true items I reach for over and over again when in a home kitchen.