Cooking Supplies

Having the proper cooking supplies is essential for anyone want to improve their culinary skills in the kitchen. But what are the proper cooking supplies? Here is a basic list of what any would be chef should have.

Essential cutlery is an important component of cooking supplies.

  • Chef’s knife six inch and eight inch – these knives are ideal for cutting vegetables, large fruits, pies, pizzas, or quiche. The smaller knives are preferred because they are lighter and easier to handle.
  • Carving knife – ideal for cutting meats on or off the bone.
  • Serrated knife – ideal for slicing bread or cake. These knives can also be used to slice tomatoes because they do not squish them.
  • Paring knives – ideal for peeling, chopping, slicing, and dicing. It is recommended that two to three these are available.

The right pots and pans are also essential cooking supplies.

  • Nonstick skillet eight inch and ten inch – these pans saute, stir fry and make omelettes with ease.
  • Sauce pans with lids two quart and four quart – these pans can melt butter, simmer sauces, heat canned foods, cook vegetables, make soup, steam rice, prepare hot cereals, and reheat leftovers.
  • Large stockpot with lid eight quart – this pot can boil pasta, simmer stews, simmer chilies, simmer soups, and make homemade stock.
  • Dutch oven with lid – this pot can bake rice pilafs, casseroles, stews, oven roast veggies, slow cook pot roasts, and braise meats.
  • Roasting pan with v-shaped rack – the rack elevates the meat so it does not stick to the pan. Without the rack it can roast vegetables and potatoes.
  • Vegetable steamer

Basic baking equipment is a necessary cooking supply.

  • Baking sheets
  • Bundt pan
  • Cake pans – two nine inch ones
  • Cookie cutters
  • Glass baking dishes – eight inch, seven by ten inch, and an eight by twelve inch.
  • Loaf pans – two four by nine inch pans
  • Muffin tins
  • Parchment paper
  • Pastry brush
  • Pie dish
  • Pie ring
  • Pie weights
  • Ramekins
  • Rolling pin
  • Springform pan
  • Tart Pan
  • Wire rack

Basic cooking utensils are necessary cooking supplies.

  • Basting brush or bulb baster
  • Bowls – graduated set
  • Canisters
  • Citrus press
  • Citrus reamer
  • Cutting boards
  • Garlic press
  • Ginger grater
  • Hand grater
  • Kitchen shears
  • Kitchen twine
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Meat mallet
  • Meat thermometer
  • Microplane grater
  • Openers
  • Pepper mill
  • Plastic storage containers
  • Potato ricer
  • Pot holders
  • Salad spinner
  • Spatulas
  • Spoons – slotted and solid
  • Strainer
  • Timer
  • Tongs
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoons

Basic appliances are necessary cooking supplies.

  • Blender
  • Coffeemaker
  • Crock pot
  • Electric coffee bean and spice grinder
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Food processor
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Rice cooker
  • Toaster

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