Starter Kitchen Tools


  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Mugs
  • Cups

Pots & Pans

A note on pots and pans: Lots of stores will sell you a starter set, which contains all of the pots & pans listed below, plus a few extras. How much you want to spend is up to you, but keep in mind that the cheaper sets are of a lower quality and will not heat as evenly. At the low end of the scale are aluminum pots and pans – on the higher end you have cast-iron and enamel with brands like Le Crueset and Staub.

Never use metal utensils in aluminum or non-stick Teflon pots and pans. Doing so will scratch the surface and allow harmful metals and chemicals to leach into your food.

  • Dutch oven or  6-quart covered stockpot (Large pot)
  • Large (10-inch) skillet
  • 2-3 quart covered saucepan
  • Glass baking/casserole dish
  • 2-3 cookie sheets

Cooking Utensils

A note on cooking utensils: unless you are working with heavy, higher-end pots and pans, do not buy any metal utensils if you will be using them to stir or scrap pans – instead, use plastic or wooden utensils.

  • Can opener
  • Ladle
  • Slotted Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Corkscrew
  • Cheese grater
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups (dry and wet) 
  • Tongs


  • Serrated bread knife
  • Large chef’s knife
  • One or two good sharp knives for cutting meat and vegetables


  • Cutting Board
  • Blender
  • Mixing bowls

Bags and Wraps

  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags – sandwich and gallon sizes
  • Serving-size Glad-ware or other storage containers 

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