My Top 11 Favorite Kitchen Tools

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I want to share my top 11 favorite kitchen tools today for a reason. It is so fun to cook at home. If you plan ahead you can save so much money by cooking at home. When I partially retired I decided that from that day going forward I would not get take out. When working I was working 60+ hours a  week and exhausted when I would arrive home at 9:00 at night. I had fabulous neighbors that would occasionally spoil me with a home cooked meal. My daughter would spoil me with hot home cooked meals on the weekend. Life is good when you eat at home. I hope they read this and realize how special those meals were to me.

There is nothing healthier than a good home cooked dinner. When we cook at home we know what is in the food we consume.

Here are my Top 11 Favorite Kitchen Tools:

1. Cheese Grater:

You can grate cheese, chocolate, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, nuts, potatoes, onions, citrus zest and to grate soap for our homemade detergent/soap.

2. Manual Can Opener:

Of course we open cans in the house and while camping, but please add one to your bug out bag or 72 hour kit.

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3. Garlic Press:

You use these with garlic, olives, canned chipotle or small onions.

4. Egg Slicer:

I like these for slicing eggs, mushrooms, strawberries, fresh mozzerella, olives, avocado, bananas, butter and hot dogs.

5. Danish Whisk:

These are handy to whip cream, pancake batter, natural yeast, cake batter, make a white sauce or cream sauce.

6. Plastic Lettuce Knife:

These are great to cut or chop lettuce and cabbage, and it will prevent the edges from going brown. You might ask “who chops lettuce” when chopped lettuce comes cut in a bag. I still like freshly cut lettuce and cabbage for those healthy salads.

7. Wire whisk:

Like the Danish whisk above, you use this tool to whip cream, eggs, pancake batter, cake batter, muffins, white sauce, cream sauce and more.

8. Serrated Bread Knife:

This knife gets the most use in our home since it is so handy to slice homemade bread.

9. Santuko Knife:

Great tool for that small detail work for chopping, all around chef knife,  and great for scooping up the chopped food for the prep bowl.

10. Jar Opener:

I love this opener since it helps due to my arthritic hands…opens jars easily.

11. Dough Scraper:

This fun to use scraper can transfer sliced or diced food to the pan, cuts the bread dough when making loaves to bake, great for scraping pastry dough.

Williams-Sonoma Knives, I like to invest in two good knives. The first one would be my bread knife…yes you can have a serrated knife sharpened. It does cost extra and I am careful where I take my good knives to be sharpened. The second would be a Santuko or similar knife. I only use these knives on a wooden cutting board. I love having sharp knives because it is actually safer than using dull knives. Please let me know your favorite kitchen tools you like to use.

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13 thoughts on “My Top 11 Favorite Kitchen Tools

  • October 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    My list is near identical to yours. I have a set of Ceramic knives I like. Hard as steel and should never have to be sharpened. I have a 7 & 5 in chef knives and 3 in paring knives. I have a ceramic guillotine slicer. Its great for almost all vegetables when making slices for salads or sandwiches. I like my silicon spatulas from a firm to a very flexible. My wooden spoons, in different sizes and shapes.

    • October 15, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Kenneth, I have wanted one of the ceramic knives forever! I need to check out the ceramic guillotine slicer. What brand? I am on it! Linda

        • October 17, 2014 at 6:02 am

          Hi Kenneth, thanks for so much for telling me which ones you have. I love going into a Williams-Sonoma store. I will have to save up for a ceramic knife. Thanks for the heads up on knives! Linda

  • August 9, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Linda, I like your list. On your list, my favorite thing is the cheese grater followed by the serrated bread knife. I use both of these in my kitchen everyday. I also have a favoite little whisk that I use often as well.
    If I have a lot of grating, I do use my old Bosch grater attachment which does a fantastic job. Another old Bosch attachment that we have is the stone grain Mill that puts the flour right in the bowl of the Bosch. Love my Bosch that we bought 35 years ago and took lessons on how to use it and learned many good recipes.

    • August 10, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Hi Carol, oh my whisk is another great one! I also just found one that has a silicone cover that works great. You those Bosch machines are the best invention ever! I have the Bosch grater attachment as well. Those machines are awesome! I had forgotten they used to make a wheat grinder attachment. I have taught classes in a Bosch store and they are so fun to teach! I love hearing your Bosch is 35 years old and still going strong! Linda

  • November 30, 2017 at 7:22 am

    We don’t even have an electric can opener.  And if I make a cake, meringue, etc… hand held electric mixer.  Manual chopper, etc.  And yes, I have a big blender that come with fun attachments…smoothies in the summer.  
    Manual also burn more calories..a two for one bonus,

    • December 1, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      HI NancyJo, thanks you for your comment, it helps us remember to have certain kitchen tools to cook from scratch, too! The big blender, I love smoothies! Linda

  • December 23, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Just wondering why you listed two types of whisks. I understood the Danish style was better because you didn’t have a lot of whatever you were whisking stuck in the center.

    I have one of the old-fashioned type of can opener: the ones like Mom/grandma had screwed onto the wall. They are still made by the same maker. I asked my building maintenance people and they screwed it into the wall stud, no problems. I have had this type for a LONG time: I didn’t have the strength for the squeeze t

    • December 24, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Hi Lynne, I have several whisks, some people have never heard of a Danish whisk, so I showed both. My stainless steel ones make scrambled eggs better, I prefer to have them very smooth without the yolks, membranes, etc. I have so many whisks, I really could eliminate several, but I like different sizes. I love love love to cook and bake. Happy Holidays, Linda P.S. I love that kind of can opener screwed to the wall.

  • December 23, 2017 at 7:39 am

    I looked for ceramic slicers and Amazon had several of them and the prices were not bad. Planning on putting one on my shopping list for next year 🙂

    • December 24, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Hi Lynne, I love this comment! I am going to go look for some ceramic slicers today!! I will add it to my list, thank you! Linda

    • December 24, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Hi Lynne, one more thing about slicer knives, they must be used only on wooden cutting boards, because they will dull the blades. You can not sharpen ceramic slicers. I learned this when I taught at fancy kitchen stores. Great comment, they are great knives. Linda


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