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Cooking Utensils, What You Need In Every Kitchen

Apr 8, 2008
Cooking utensils belong to the basics of your kitchen, last month my niece moved out and started to live on here own for the first time of here life, she wanted to know what kind of cooking utensils she needed to buy and asked me, her uncle, to go shopping with her. I made a list of utensils and a lot of other kitchen supplies she would need and I thought I would share this list in this article because there will always will be Young people who are starting out and have no idea what they should buy.

There are some cooking utensils you need for every day cooking, there are many cooking utensils that you need because they are absolutely necessary but you wont use them every day and there is stuff that you will need only ones or twice a year. This last category you can borrow from family or friends and we will not include it in this article.

I told my nice by phone some of the cooking utensils we would be looking for on our shopping trip and I noticed that she had no idea what she should do with some of them. It is probably clear by now, my sister is not big on cooking and my nice never learned the difference between a spatula and a grater. but she can make a neat spaghetti with meat balls.


To start with the spatula this a kitchen utensil with a long handle and a broad flat edge. In Canada and the United States, spatulas are sometimes called flippers or turners. In British English, it refers to mixing and spreading implement.

Slotted spoon

A slotted spoon is often used to scoop food items out of the juices. The slots in the bottom of the spoon drain the liquid from the food when you scoop it out.


A whisk is needed to efficiently mix foods which may be lumpy or congealed.

Can Opener

To open cans with, especially when you just move out and are (not yet) a great cook you will need this cooking utensil. They are available to operate manually and electronic. Some come with a bottle opener, if yours doesn't you need to buy one of those as well.

Good Scissors

There will always be a job for good scissors in your kitchen, you can also use them for cutting vegetables, light bones, and even meat.


You need some good sharp knives in different shapes and sizes to slice, dice, fillet and chop vegetables and meat with.

Cooking spoons and forks

You can use your table spoons and forks, but there are also cooking spoons and forks available like a meat fork to pierce and turn meat with.


Peelers are used to skin fruits and vegetables, and I always make sure I have a 3 or 4 peelers in my kitchen drawer. I use them so much I just needs more than one.

Potato Masher

Is used to mash up potatoes.


Graters are used for shredding cheese, vegetables and other products they are available in different forms and shapes and grating sizes.


Usually used for pressing garlic

Strainers, Sieves and Colanders

These cooking utensils have the same basic function which is to separate bigger food items from smaller ones. They all drain foods of their liquid and keep the bigger forms of food.

The list above is just one page from our final list of supplies that my niece needed to buy for her brand new kitchen but these are the basic cooking utensils that we bought that day I hope it will also be of use to you.
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Kenny Vanderburen is the main blogger at www.kitchencookings.com . The kitchen might as well be his living room, that's how much time he spends there.
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