I was looking around my kitchen and I thought to myself, “you need these 21 utensils in your kitchen.” I will list my favorite 21 utensils today, but I would love to hear what your favorite ones are, the ones you can’t cook or bake without. There is something magical when you grab a bowl and start measuring the cups of flour, sugar, spices or whatever, and you grab a spoon to whip together a really awesome meal.
My beautiful granddaughter, Maddie left for school last fall and I really think college students need a college shower party, don’t you? We take for granted what we have in our kitchens sometimes. I looked for as many duplicate pieces I could find for her in my cupboards and drawers and still ended buying a few she really needed.
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Utensils In Your Kitchen:
- Danish whisk-I use mine for just about everything. Danish Dough Hand Whisk / Mixer 11″ or 14″. I use it for pancake batter, waffle batter, muffins and natural yeast making.
- Stainless steel whisk-this one I use for lumpy gravy or to beat some eggs. If I want to take the time I can use it to make whipped cream, but I would rather use my electric hand mixer. Norpro 3 Piece Stainless Steel Balloon Whisk Set
- Pizza cutter-I use my pizza cutter for more than just pizza. I use it to cut crackers and raw bread dough to make breadsticks. OXO SteeL Pizza Wheel and Cutter
- Measuring cups-these can be used for measuring so many different things, this is a no-brainer, but people would love these as college students or newly wed couples.
- Measuring spoons-these can be used for measuring so many small amounts, this is a no-brainer too, but people would love these as college students or newly wed couples as well. I have three sets of these. You can never have too many, right?
- Spatula’s-I like to buy the silicone ones because they seem to last longer and I can use them in hot liquids I am stirring on the stove.
- Pancake turner-these are great for pancakes, French toast, and grilled cheese sandwiches, to name a few ways they are needed.
- Pastry brush-these can be used for bread sticks, pies, French bread and meat marinades.
- Garlic press-doesn’t everything tastes better with garlic in it? Oh, and the health benefits….need I say more?
- Potato masher-this one is my favorite, but then I like mashed potatoes with a few small lumps: Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Masher
- Cookie scoop-who doesn’t love the smell of homemade cookies? I bet you are dreaming of making some of your favorites right now. I want to make my favorite pumpkin ones. Yummy! This is my favorite masher: OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop
- Tongs I have a dozen of these in several different sizes. You can use them for salads, parties, barbecues, etc.
- Bread knife/knives-please, please buy one really good bread knife. Also, keep your knives sharpened at home, or find a good store that will keep yours sharp by getting them sharpened at least once a year.
- Can opener-everyone have at least two? If we have to totally live off our food storage we need to be able to open the cans. Don’t poor boy this purchase, get really good quality openers. Buy an extra one of your favorites like this one: Swing-A-Way 407BK Portable Can Opener, Black
- Vegetable peeler-I realize we are all trying to eat the peelings on most veggies these days, but I still want one of these.
- Rolling pin, big and little ones-I have the fondest memories of my daughters and now grandkids rolling out bread dough. Did I say cinnamon rolls? Please!
- Cheese grater-yep we all need one even if we buy the cheese already grated. This is one like The Olive Garden has for those special pasta servings: Zyliss Classic Rotary Cheese Grater
- Funnel-to measure seed into a jar, canning fruits and vegetables, making Hummingbird syrup for jars, etc.
- Gravy ladle and/or soup ladle-who can use another one in the kitchen??? Me!!
- Biscuit cutter-these are great for biscuits and sometimes crackers or cookies. I just ordered these for my new butter cracker recipe: RSVP Stainless Steel Round Biscuit Cutters with Fluted Edge, Set of 4
- Thermometer-great for cooking meats, baking bread, and candy.
- Connie: Good morning Linda,
What about several favorite wooden spoons? Couldn’t do without those.
- Mare: Hi, Linda, I have everything on your list, except for the cookie scoop. I still just drop cookie batter from a spoon. *G* A couple of other things I find indispensable in my kitchen are my apple peeler/corer/slicer and a few of the old hand crank beaters (do you remember those?). The other thing I do is make sure I have manual tools to backup all of my electrical appliances.
My favorite food canning resource: USU Extension Service
Food storage by Linda