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The Essentials That You Absolutely Must Have in Your Kitchen

There are things in life we cannot live without. If you cook every day, you will understand what we are talking about here. In order to make the kitchen efficient and functional, there are some utensils or tools that are completely essential.

For certain people, this works fine as a reminder. For others, this will be like an enlightenment. Maybe you’ll tell yourself “I need this!” or “Why didn’t I think of that sooner?”

Here are the essential tools/utensils for a kitchen in 2020! You will also see below a list of very important ingredients, which you might always need on hand in your fridge or pantry.


  • Pots and pans; including some non-stick pans.
  • Two cutting boards or more. At least, you need one especially for the meat, because raw meats should never touch other foods.
  • Baking sheets, and drip pans.
  • Mixing bowls; so practical.
  • Chef knife; make it sharp.
  • Paring knife; to cut veggies.
  • Peeler; not only for potatoes.
  • Can opener; because we don’t recommend using your teeth.
  • Big wooden spoon; durable, doesn’t conduct heat, so will never be hot, unlike metal utensils, and will never give a metallic flavour.
  • Pair of pliers; with rubber tips.
  • Whisk; often used in recipes.
  • Kitchen scissors; because!
  • Measuring cups; it’s important to have the right quantities.
  • Teaspoons; it’s really important to have the right quantities.
  • Meat thermometer; to get the right temperature.
  • Sieve; or strainer.
  • Blender; things get so much easier.
  • Brush; for basting or marinating.
  • Ladle; for soup.
  • Aluminium foil; let your meat rest after cooking.
  • Parchment paper; oven-safe.

Ingredients as well has some essentials in the kitchen. If you read a lot of recipes, you’ll realize that some ingredients keep coming back. Those are sometimes somewhat basics in cuisine. So, you should make sure you always have a good amount of it on hand. If possible, stockpile, this will avoid surprises.

Here are cooking basic ingredients:

  • Salt; enhances flavours.
  • Pepper; adds a taste.
  • Butter or margarine
  • Milk; it can be soy milk or lactose-free
  • Eggs; do you really know how many recipes request eggs?
  • Olive oil; or vegetable oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Maple syrup; because in Canada, we put that on everything!
  • Sugar; or brown sugar
  • Thyme, rosemary, oregano, chives, basil
  • Flour
  • Tomato sauce or paste
  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Lemon; or lemon juice
  • Fresh cream 


With this exhaustive list, you’re now ready to roll in the kitchen efficiently.

Do you think we’re missing something? Write us below in the comments, it’ll be our pleasure to add to the list.




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