When equipping a new kitchen, there are so many tools and gadgets to consider. Start with the basics listed below before expanding to the specialty ones.

  • Apple corer
  • Blender and/or food processor
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Canisters
  • Citrus juicer
  • Colander
  • Cookie cutters
  • Corkscrew
  • Cutting boards, wood and plastic
  • Dough cutter/scraper
  • Egg separator
  • Egg slicer
  • Garlic press
  • Hand grater/shredder
  • Kitchen textiles: dishcloth, dish towels, hand towels, hot pads/mitts, kitchen string, pastry cloth, rolling pin cover
  • Ladles, large and small
  • Measuring cups (dry and liquid)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Meat fork
  • Meat mallet/tenderizer
  • Metal skewers
  • Metal strainer or sieve
  • Mixers, stand and/or hand
  • Mixing bowls
  • Pancake turners
  • Pastry bag and tips
  • Pastry blender
  • Pastry brush
  • Pastry wheel
  • Pepper mill or shaker
  • Pie server
  • Pizza cutter
  • Plastic spoons
  • Plastic storage and freezer containers
  • Potato masher
  • Rolling pin
  • Slotted spoons, large and small
  • Salad spinner
  • Salt shaker
  • Spatulas, rubber and metal
  • Thermometers, instant-read, candy/deep-fat, meat, oven, refrigerator/freezer
  • Timer
  • Tongs
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wire whisks in assorted sizes
  • Wire racks
  • Wooden spoons