The Essentials

Essential Utensils

Measuring Cups – dry and liquid
Measuring Spoons
Ice Cream Scoops – small and large
Locking Tongs
Wooden Spoons
Slotted Spoon
Spatulas – various sizes to scrape bowls and flip pancakes, hamburgers, etc.
Knife Set/Block – paring, bread, meat slicing, chopping
Steak Knife Set
Oven Mitts
Basting Brushes
Can Opener
Garlic Press
Knife Sharpener
Wooden Skewers
Kitchen Timer
Handheld Lemon/Lime Juicer
Potato Masher

Essential Small Appliances

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot
Food Processor
Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer
Tea Kettle
Coffee Maker
Waffle Maker
Bread Machine

Essential Baking/Roasting Pans

Cookie Sheets – good quality, shiny metal
Muffin Trays – mini and regular sized
Loaf Pans – 9×5”
Cake Pans – 9” rounds
Casserole Dish -13×9” pan
Bake Ware – 11×7” pan, 9” square
Pie Plate – regular and deep dish
Roasting Pan – various sizes
Mixing Bowls – small, medium, large
Cooling Racks


8 thoughts on “The Essentials

  1. I absolutely love that you have posts on “the basics” and “the essentials”. This is so useful to people that are beginner cooks! I know I could have used this a while ago when I first started! I know that you said that you were Irish so do you live in America? Have you ever been to Ireland! I absolutely adore Irish food haha!


    1. Thank you for your kind words, Kristel. To answer your questions, my parents were both born and raised in Ireland. My father, after arriving in New York when he was older, got a job with an airline. Thankfully, our very large family was able to take advantage of the free travel benefit through TWA and we traveled back and forth to Ireland every summer. I am so proud of my parents accomplishements and I’m thrilled to have had the privilege to visit Ireland and my family across “the pond”.

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  2. This is one of the Best Blogs I have ever seen. You are truly amazing. What an excellent list – Perfect for a beginner. Wish I had access for this when my daughter first moved out. I made a “Baking Experience” Gift Basket for my Sister-in-law last year. Next year I am making her a “Cooking Experience” Gift Basket. Your lists will be very helpful to me! 🙂


    1. Gosh, thank you for your kind words! I’m so happy that the list will be of use to you. I, too, have used the list to help others “start out” in the kitchen. I look forward to visiting your site.
      Thank you again for your valued comment!


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