Having the right tools and equipment in your kitchen makes life easier, saves time and makes cooking a lot more fun. But what should I buy? Here’s a list of recommended tools and equipment I’ve used in the past or am using now.

A speed peeler

A good speed peeler is an invaluable tool in the kitchen. Just make sure to get the right one. Personally I can’t stand using a straight peeler and have always opted for the Y-shape. They’re light, cheap and reliable. Kuhn Rikon is recommended.

Vitamix Blender

A Vitamix blender is the industry standard for most chefs for one main reason – power. These blenders are incredibly powerful with 1-2 horsepower motors! With this you can effortlessly achieve ultra-smooth soups, purées and even make your own nut milks. The newer ones offer options like “self-cleaning” and automatic presets which is interesting but definitely not necessary. The downside to this is vitamix is pricey, but there’s a reason most chefs use them – they’re very reliable.

Instant Pot

The Instant Pot is my favourite new kitchen appliance I cannot recommend enough. I still cannot comprehend how a 10 hour beef stock can be made in 2 hours with this beautiful machine. It cooks great rice, makes yoghurt, soups, stocks, braises and some even have a sous-vide setting on them. Normally pressure cookers can be dangerous but the instant pot takes the worry away with its built-in safety locking features. The only downside is that it can’t make large batches of food. But still I think everyone should have one of these.

Cast iron skillet pan

A good cast-iron pan is one of the best investments you can make for your kitchen. They’re relatively cheap and can last a lifetime. Cast-iron is great because it conducts and holds heat very well meaning it’s great for searing vegetables and meat. It’s also naturally non-stick when seasoned which makes it great for sunny-side up eggs. Don’t worry too much about which brand you buy as they’re all generally the same due to their simple design. Take care of this pan and it will care of you!

microplane tool

This tool has saved so much time for me and added so much flavour in my life. It’s the perfect tool for making a quick garlic purée, zesting citrus, grating cheese and nutmeg. I really cannot imagine not having this tool in my life. Definitely buy the Microplane brand as the others usually break to quickly.

Spatula

My first chef I worked for called this tool “the million dollar tool” and for good reason. The idea was that if you use this tool to scrape out every last bit of sauce, soup or purée, you will save a million dollars from all the stuff you didn’t throw away. It’s definitely a money-saver and also great for stirring ingredients that tend to stick to the bottom of the pan like cheese sauces, egg custards and soups. Make sure to get one that is heat-resistant otherwise the spatula will melt when you stir something hot.

A good chef’s knife is arguably the most important tool in the kitchen. Everyone has different preferences so it’s important to find one that’s comfortable and enjoyable to use. It’s better to buy a few good quality knives instead of a whole set of crappy knives because these can last a lifetime if properly cared for. Here’s 3 of my recommendations for a proper chef’s knife starting in low end and ending in the high end:

Victorinox

This is a great knife that’s all you really need at home. Victorinox makes great knives at very affordable prices. It may not hold the sharpness as long as the other knives listed but it’s still sharp and effective. Love the rosewood handle on this one too!

 

Henckel

This is my current knife I use for professional cooking. It’s very easy to sharpen, has a very thin blade and holds the edge really well. It’s stainless steel so I don’t have to worry about it rusting and stays extremely sharp. This knife brand is my favourite and I cannot recommend it enough.

Suisin knife

This is my current knife I use for professional cooking. It’s very easy to sharpen, has a very thin blade and holds the edge really well. It’s stainless steel so I don’t have to worry about it rusting and stays extremely sharp. This knife brand is my favourite and I cannot recommend it enough.

thermometer

Some recipes require you to have thermometer and it definitely makes life a lot easier. An important point to watch out for is that you get a thermometer that can also handle the high temperatures. A candy thermometer is great because it can handle the high temperatures required when making caramel (candy) or check the temperature the deep-fryer and also do everything a normal thermometer can do.

resting rack

A resting rack is great for cooling down bread, cakes, cookies and resting meats and fried items. Relatively inexpensive and very useful for preserving the crust or sear of foods.

A resting rack is great for cooling down bread, cakes, cookies and resting meats and fried items. Relatively inexpensive and very useful for preserving the crust or sear of foods.

Using a scale makes life so much easier and is pretty important for baking and pastry recipes. Recipes that are made with a scale are always more accurate then recipes made with measuring cups. Buying a good kitchen scale will allow you to follow any recipe, no matter what measurement it’s made in.

Try to find a scale that measures in a range of measurements, can measure at least by 1g increments and has a high maximum weight allowance. This scale by Salter measures up to 10kg and 1g increments so you only need other scales. They also make great gifts!

 

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