- Chef’s Knife
There is 90% chance that you will need a knife every time you prepare your ingredients for cooking. Invest in a good chef’s knife and take care of it by having it cleaned and sharpened regularly. There are other knives as well that can serve different purposes – like paring knives for when you are peeling or cutting vegetables or serrated knives for slicing bread.
- Cutting Boards
You read that right – cutting boards. Not just one cutting board, but multiple of them. A lot of people underestimate the importance of having separate cutting boards for raw meat, veggies, fish, and even for baking. Reduce the risk of food contamination by making it a habit to slice, cut, chop, or whatever it is that you do when cooking on separate cutting boards.
It is important in cooking to thoroughly clean your ingredients by, perhaps, washing them in running water. And it is important in cooking as well to thoroughly dry your meats and vegetables before putting them in the cooking pan (unless that is what the recipe calls for). This is where the cooking essential colander comes in. A colander is best in draining out freshly washed ingredients as well as draining out boiled pasta, canned beans, etc.
- Cast Iron Skillet
This cooking essential can stay with you for a very, very long time – long enough that you may even pass it on to your kids and grandkids as heirloom. It truly is a good investment. Seriously, cast iron skillets are tough and built to last. And they can cook just as well – if not better – than other kinds of frying pans.
Boiling pasta, veggies and even eggs, making soups and stews, simmering sauces – what do they all have in common? That’s right. They are all cooked with water. And a saucepan is the perfect cooking essential for these kinds of moments.
- Large Bowls
Large bowls is your all-around guy. It is nothing but versatile. You will be using large bowls when preparing meals, mixing things, containing chopped ingredients, whisking eggs, making sauces, and even serving your home-cooked meals.
- Wooden Spoons
You will be needing a tool that you can use for sauteing, stirring or mixing or cooking food and wooden spoons are perfect. It is also good for non-stick cookware as it does not cause damage unlike metal ones. It is also more durable and easier to clean than plastic or rubber cooking spoons.
- Measuring Spoons and Cups
In cooking, there are moments when you eyeball how much seasoning to put to your dish. But often, you really do need to measure your ingredients. You should be able to get the exact measurements as what is stated in a recipe that you are cooking. And measuring spoons and cups will be able to help you with that. A typical set of measuring spoons should include: 1 tablespoon, ½ tablespoon, 1 teaspoon, ½ teaspoon, ¼ teaspoon, and ⅛ teaspoon. For measuring cups, a typical set should include:1 cup, ½ cup, ¾ cup, and ¼ cup.