What Kitchen Cookware Do You Really Need?

By Darren Stehle

If you’re going to cook, you will need the right kitchen cookware.

It’s like building a house – you will need a set of tools like a hammer, a saw, a cement mixer, and so on. Not only will you need a variety of kitchen utensils, you also need to know how to use them efficiently and safely.

Little Things Make All the Difference…

Like a frying pan that doesn’t stick, a sharp knife that fits the size of your hand, a set of mixing bowls that fit inside each other, an organized spice rack, and a good blender.

Below is a list of some of the cookware that I have in my kitchen. I use these tools to prepare and cook a variety of dishes with ease.

The Bare Minimum Kitchenware

The following list details the minimum kitchen essentials you will need to prepare and cook meals without a great deal of frustration:

  • 1 Chef’s knife: 8-10” blade length
  • 1 small (paring) knife
  • 1 large (and optional 1 small) cutting board
  • 1 small, medium, and large stainless steel pot (buy as a set)
  • 1 medium and 1 large frying pan. I recommend cast-iron and, for convenience, a medium non-stick frying pan
  • 1 roasting pan and/or 1-2 baking sheets
  • Preparation utensils like a silicone spatula, wooden spoon, flipper, can opener, strainer or colander, etc.
  • A basic blender

Only Get What You Need

By no means do you need to rush out and buy all these tools. However, as you start to cook and follow recipe instructions, you will soon discover what tools you absolutely need to work well in the kitchen.

I’ve noticed that if we don’t have the proper tools to work it’s less likely that we will continue with that new habit.

Borrow the basics if you need to, but if you are committed to eating healthier, saving money, and reducing stress, I urge you to make the minimal investment in kitchen tools.

A small investment in kitchenware will turn into a larger “return” for your health & well-being.

And if you’re on a budget, then wait for big sales and shop at outlet stores.

The Most Important Kitchen Tool

So what’s the most important tool you need to become a Kitchen Master? That will be the topic for next week’s post.

Eat well to be well

Darren