I love to cook. While I may not be a professional chef, I love to spend time in the kitchen. I've probably been cooking for 10 years in my house, and while I've cooked for a while, I still have a lot to learn. Even when it comes to kitchen utensils.
Now, back when I was in college, I didn't own a knife block, I had mismatched cooking sets, and a handful of utensils-- as most people in college probably did. But when I moved into my own apartment, there were some must-have kitchen tools that I knew I had to get. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you to, one, make your life a little easier in the kitchen and, two, explain why some of these are a necessity (in my opinion).
- Rubber Spatula
Rubber spatulas are one of the most important kitchen tools. You can cook almost anything with these guys, and they're awesome for cleaning out food bits stuck in a bowl. I use my rubber spatulas not only for baking, but for cooking anything that is creamy, liquidy, or kind of sticky. I have about three of them because I tend to go through at least two every time I cook. If you don't have any rubber spatulas, I highly recommend grabbing some, especially in different sizes!
- Garlic Press
I've always been a person adamant about peeling and chopping my own garlic, but, let's be honest, it is so time consuming! Especially for someone like me who loves garlic. I use a ton in every dish that calls for it and peeling and cutting a bunch of garlic can take a long time. My husband finally convinced me to buy a garlic press and it has changed my life in the kitchen. It cuts the time I spend chopping garlic significantly. The only time I don't use it is when the garlic specifically needs to be sliced or minced, rather than pressed. But if you don't have one of these, I'd highly recommend one.
- Cast Iron Pan
You have to have a cast iron pan. Cast irons may seem a little intimidating, but honestly, they're one of the best tools you could have in your kitchen. You can use a cast iron for basically anything you'd like to make in your kitchen. Want to cook a steak? Cast iron. Want to make a cobbler? Cast iron. Want to make a pizza? Cast iron. I think you get my point. While a cast iron may seem difficult to take care of, it's really not. There are so many resources on how to clean, season, and care for your cast iron. If you don't have one, you definitely need one!
- Wooden Cutting Board
This may not be for everyone, but for the select few who enjoy entertaining and cooking, hear me out. A wooden cutting board can double as two things- one, a cutting board and two, a beautiful serving board! I love wooden cutting boards because I always use them as cheese plates when I host gatherings! A cheese plate is such an easy appetizer to throw together for guests and it can have something for every palate. You can also use them to serve other foods, but honestly I only use mine for cheese plates.
- A Good Knife
I feel like this one may be a little more obvious, but honestly, not everyone has a good knife that they can use for everything they cook. I'm lucky to have been gifted a very nice knife block that contains many knives, but I have one favorite knife in that block. I make sure it stays sharp and is well taken care of, and it never lets me down. Everyone should have at least one really good chef's knife in their kitchen that stays sharp and pristine. Now, you don't have to spend $$$ on a great knife. Just find one that works for you and take good care of it. A good knife can last you a long time.
If I've missed any must-have kitchen tools, please let me know! There are so many in my kitchen that I just wanted to narrow down to five that I love the most and help me in almost every meal I prepare.