Equipping Your Kitchen

Now it’s simpler than ever to get dinner off your mind and onto your plate with these helpful kitchen tools.

Large Pan

by All-Clad

Perfect for browning large quantities of meat and veggies, pan roasting whole chickens, and reducing sauces.

Medium Pan

by All-Clad

Equally essential as a large pan for proteins and sauces – invest in a medium-sized oven-safe pan to easily move from stovetop searing to the oven.

Cast-Iron Skillet

by Lodge

The best bet for searing, stir frying, roasting, and transitioning seamlessly from stove to oven.

8" All-Purpose Chef’s Knife

by Misen

The most versatile tool in your kitchen, used for daily chopping, slicing, mincing, and dicing.

Paring Knife

by Zwilling J.A. Henckels

For small, decisive tasks like slicing, trimming, and peeling fruits and veggies.

Serrated Knife

by Victorinox

Excellent for slicing fresh baked bread and tomatoes without tearing.

Cutting Board

by Stanton

We recommend having at least two cutting boards in your arsenal for safety reasons – one dedicated to meats, one dedicated to vegetables.

Mixing Bowls

by ChefLand

Start with a small and a medium bowl. Having two bowls is important for preventing cross-contamination when you’re mixing meat in one bowl and vegetables in the other.

Baking Sheet

by Vollrath

Roasting, toasting, and baking call for every kitchen to have 2-3 baking sheets. Grab a roll of aluminum foil or parchment (not waxed!) paper to make cleanup easy.

Colander

by ColanderPro

A colander tackles big jobs, like draining pastas and canned beans.

Meat Tenderizer

by OXO

Breaks down tough fibers and pounds chicken and veal into uniformly thick cutlets.

Potato Masher

by KitchenAid

As the name implies, makes for the creamiest, dreamiest mashed potatoes.

Zester

by Microplane

We use a microplane to capture the flavorful zest of citrus fruits (just avoid the bitter white pith!), but you can also use it for grating ginger, garlic, and hard cheeses.

Wire-Mesh Strainer

by Cuisinart

A wire-mesh strainer or sifter is ideal for tasks that require a finer filter.

Peeler

by Kuhn Rikon

It’s not just for taking the skin off produce - you can make ribbons and noodles out of carrots, cucumbers, zucchini, and countless other vegetables.

Meat Thermometer

by Taylor Precision

Take the guesswork out of safely cooking proteins. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the protein. We recommend the instant-read variety with a large, easy to read display.

Kosher Salt

by Diamond Crystal

Course and easy to pinch, this chef’s favorite is perfect for seasoning to taste.

Cooking Oil

by Frantonia Barbera

Buy a quality extra virgin olive oil or more neutral-flavored canola oil for higher temperatures. A non-stick cooking spray comes in handy for baking and grilling recipes.