I get asked all the time — what are the tools I need so that I can cook like you? What are your must-haves for a well-stocked kitchen?
I have been cooking in my kitchen now for over 20 years and I have used a lot of small appliances and kitchen tools so I feel like I can really attest to everything on this list.
I have a lot of things in my kitchen, but in order for the item to make it on this must have list, it needs to meet certain standards — things like —
- How often do I use this tool?
- Does it get worn out quickly and have to be replaced?
- Would I choose this item to take with me if I could only bring one or two things?
I keep a list like this handy in my Amazon account as well so that I can replace them if they get worn out or if someone asks me what my top choices are.
Top 10 Kitchen Tools That Every Cook Should Own
#1 Cast Iron Skillet
It is so great because it can cook on the stovetop and go in the oven, and it can withstand the heat from the broiler too.
I love being able to go straight from the oven right onto the table. It will last you a lifetime!
#2 KitchenAid Mixer
Every year my family buys me attachments for my mixer and they have really helped me find so many amazing ways to use this mixer. It is 100% versatile.
#3 Instant Pot
I have slowly fallen in love with the Instant Pot. A lot of people are scared of them, but for me, it is such an amazing time saver.
#4 Dutch Oven
I love making all my soups and stews in my Dutch Oven. These also can cook on the stovetop and go into the oven.
I also use my Dutch oven to make french fries. No need to have a fryer because this does the trick as well.
You cannot go wrong with any of the Lodge Enamel Cast Iron pots and pans. I have many and they look so beautiful on the table (and because they are cast iron, they go from stove and oven right to the table).
#5 Good Cutting Board
I have so many cutting boards in my house. I normally use these bamboo cutting boards for just about everything. But then, if you are cutting meat, you do not want to use wood. That's where these non-porous cutting boards come in handy.
They come colored so that you can keep the chicken and beef and pork separate from one another.
#6 Good Sheet Pans
I prefer aluminum sheet pans because they are the larger ones and do great at keeping things cooking evenly.
There are so many versions you can find online, but they have a great set on Amazon that comes with different sizes.
#7 Ninja Coffee Bar System
No kitchen is complete in my eyes without a really good coffee maker. For me, that is the Ninja Coffee Bar — it makes the best hot and cold brew coffees out there.
One of my most popular recipes using this coffee maker is my Homemade Caramel Macchiato — which is a copycat Starbucks recipe.
#8 Ninja Mega Blender Set
The reason I use this Ninja Kitchen blender above any other blender out there is because it does everything a blender, food processor, and Vitamin do — but it is an all in one chopper!
I use this anytime I am making a batch of my Restaurant Style Salsa or my Salsa verde. I even use it when I need to puree soups as well.
#9 Good Chef Knife Set with Sharpener
Nothing beats a good chef knife set when it comes to slicing and dicing. I used to try to just use my regular knives. But then, I was introduced to chef knives and after that, I was 100% sold.
Those knives are perfect for slicing through recipes like my Tricia Yearwood's Honey Mustard Ham.
Sharp knives make cooking so much more enjoyable. In fact, I am such a fan that I also travel with my knives.
#10 A Really Great Crockpot
Anyone who spends a lot of time in their kitchen will tell you that a time saving kitchen tool that is a must have is a good crockpot.
My new favorite crockpot is this rectangle casserole style and it cooks amazingly!