13 essential kitchen tools
An absolute must for baking, a stand mixer is a great tool for any kitchen whether you're trying out a new cake recipe or making some dough. Try to find one that comes with a flat beater, a wire whisk and a spiral dough hook to make mixing, whipping and kneading a breeze. Some also include a pouring shield to avoid any spills when adding ingredients, and preventing more clean up is always a plus! Crate and Barrel, $299.95.
No kitchen is complete without pots and pans. Calphalon's Unison Nonstick Slide & Sear 10-piece cookware set offers two fry pans, two saucepans with lids, a sauté pan and lid, and a stockpot with a lid. The Slide & Sear functionality enables easy handling of delicate foods, so no more breaking the yolk of your breakfast eggs, while the textured surface allows for searing and browning. Williams Sonoma, $599.95.
Whether you keep your measuring cups in a glassfront cupboard or on the countertop, this Whale measuring cup set measures just as well as it displays. Lift the spout of this whale and you'll find a 1-cup, 1/2-cup and 1/3-cup inside the body, and the spout of the whale makes a 1/4-cup. Cute! Urban Outfitters, $18.
Primary confection measuring spoons
Careful measuring of ingredients can be a meticulous task, so why not add a playful element with these Primary Confection measuring spoons? These colourful stoneware measuring spoons come in a set of 1 tbsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, and 1/4 tsp. Anthropologie, $14.
A chopping surface may seem simple enough, but when you have the right tool it makes the cooking process so much easier. Get bang for your buck without breaking the bank with this OXO® non-slip large bamboo cutting board. It comes with all the essential features you need. The rubber gribs prevent the board from sliding, there's a flat side for chopping, and a grooved side for cutting meats and collecting juices. With its generous 16" x 12" sized surface it'll work for all your cutting needs. Crate and Barrel, $19.95.
Life just wouldn't be complete without cheese and not many meals are complete without a little sprinkled in. This means a cheese grater is simply essential for the kitchen! The Chosigt grater comes with two grating sizes, a container and a lid to keep any leftover cheese fresh in the fridge. Ikea, $4.99.
Every chef needs a chef's knife, so every kitchen should be equipped with a quality knife set. You can mix and match if you have a preference, otherwise a block set is a great one-stop-shop for all your cutting needs. The Wüsthof Classic 7-Piece Knife Block Set is made of high-carbon steel and comes with the essentials for any kitchen. With a paring knife, utility knife, chef's knife, bread knife, honing steel sharpener, shears, and storage block, you'll be ready to chop, cut and slice your way through any recipe! Williams Sonoma, $299.95.
Bring a punch of colour to your countertop while you cook with these vibrant mixing bowls. They're not only fun and bright, but are practical, too. This Joseph Joseph's Nest 5 Kitchen Essentials set comes with a large and small mixing bowl, colander, sieve and juicer that fit neatly together for easy storage. Aplusrstore.com, $50.
A peeler doesn't take up much real estate in the kitchen drawer, but numerous peelers can make for a cluttered space. This is why the Joseph Joseph's Rotary peeler is genius. Housed in a clear protective plastic case, this handy little tool has three blades: standard, serrated and julienne. Along with its potato-eye remover, your fruits and vegetables won't stand a chance. JosephJoseph, $12 USD.
Sometimes kitchen scales never seem quite big enough. Fortunately Polder® has solved this problem with its Add 'N' Weigh Digital Scale that can add the weights of multiple items together so you're not performing a high-top circus balancing act on your counter. citychef.ca, $39.95.
Chefs advise that if you are going to cook with wine, use one that you would actually drink. With that tip in mind, a corkscrew is a handy kitchen tool whether you're using wine in a sauce or as a taster while you cook. This elegant wine pull is not only a useful tool in the kitchen, but will also look fabulous at the table or on the bar, too. Pottery Barn, $59.
Ever struggle to aim a giant pot of boiling water at a colander sitting at the bottom of the sink? Fortunately, the Over the Sink colander brings it closer to you, making it easier to pour the food into it instead of all over the sink. With extendable arms, this colander can stretch to fit over any sink and the tight mesh will prevent the loss of even the smallest bits of food you're draining or rinsing. Crate and Barrel, $19.95.
Salt and pepper mills
No matter what type of food you're cooking, salt and pepper are a staple in any kitchen, as well as on the tabletop. There is something so charming about the industrial look of these Chrome Twist crank top grinders and the clean chrome look of this salt and pepper set. Looks aside, these grinders are practical for quick seasoning. The clear, acrylic body will ensure you don't mix up the two and the hand crank allows for easy grinding. Williams Sonoma, $30.