There are things that clutter the kitchen, without having much use and then there are things that are absolutely essential for organization, productivity and even creativity if you are a food enthusiast. Here is a list of my favorite kitchen essentials, as a wife, mom, and professional foodie.
All of the items on this list are great quality and products that personally use on a daily basis. These items are perfect for gift giving to friends and family, and even for gifting to yourself. No one is judging you here 😉
Having good quality items in your kitchen is imperative for productivity and speed. For example if you have a dull knife that take forever to cut a onion, you are losing good time that you can use prepping other ingredients and getting dinner served quicker. Same example goes for a Instant pot, lazy susan, and a utensil holder where everything is within reach and easy to grab.
Storage is so important in every kitchen. This crock utensil holder is perfect to keep all of your most used utensils at arms reach. This also doubles as a wine bucket.
American Mug Pottery, Ceramic Crock Utensil Holder, $25 from Amazon Buy Now»
Having a couple lazy susans, is such a great organization tool. It’s works great in the fridge for condiments, on the counter for oils, spices and all your most frequently used items, and in the pantry for anything you need easy access to.
OXO Good Grips Lazy Susan Turntable, $18 from Amazon Buy Now»
Mixing bowls are so important in any kitchen, because you need them for many recipes. You can mix just about anything with this stainless steel bowl set, because there are 5 different sizes to pick from.
Vollrath Economy Mixing Bowl Set of 5 pcs, $25 from Amazon Buy Now»
Having baking sheets are another very important kitchen must have! You can bake those delicious cookies, biscuits, or roasted veggies without it. There are so many uses for a good classic baking sheet. It is a baking staple.
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Baker’s Half Sheet (2 Pack), $28 from Amazon Buy Now»
Having a organized kitchen makes you a better cook. More productive and clear headed. This Expandable utensil organizer is great because you can adjust the tabs to accommodate any size utensils, and it even has a side pull out section for longer utensils.
OXO Good Grips Expandable Utensil Organizer, 9.75 inches, $16 from Amazon Buy Now»
When it comes to putting pots and pans away, if you don’t have a special cabinet setup. Chances are you are struggling with a Tetris mess of cascading pots and pans. This awesome organizer rack, helps keep your pots and pans organized without all the extra stress.
DecoBros Kitchen Cabinet and Pantry Organizer Rack, 6 Compartments, Silver, $14 from Amazon Buy Now»
You might be wondering, why there is masking tape on this list. MAsking tape is one of the easiest ways to label any and all things. Cut a piece of masking tape, label it with name and date using a Sharpie and stick it onto any freezer, fridge, and/or pantry container. This is the most affordable, easy way to label.
Scotch General Use Masking Tape, 60 yards , $2 from Amazon Buy Now»
Deli Containers are a better alternative to tupperware in so many ways. They are one size and you can easily stack them without worrying about a bunch of different size and shape tupperware containers. They are also great for meal prepping, and great for storing leftovers. Microwavable, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
Freshware Food Storage Containers [24 Set] 32 oz Plastic Deli Containers with Lids, $13 from Amazon Buy Now»
These Deli containers are a smaller version of the ones mentioned above. It’s so convenient to have 2 different sizes on hand. Great for food prep, pickling, freezer storage, and these are microwave, freezer, and dishwasher safe.
Freshware Food Storage Containers [36 Set] 16 oz, $13 from Amazon Buy Now»
This silicone baking mat is perfect for using under your baked goods like cookies, biscuits while baking. The awesome thing about this mat though, is that it prevents sticking while baking and you can also use it to get precise measurements on your rolled baked goods as well.
Non-slip Silicone Pastry Mat Extra Large with Measurements 28”By 20”, $18 from Amazon Buy Now»
Every foodie need to have a good pie dish. Ceramic is the best for pie baking. The border of this pie dish has a beautiful classic style that anyone can love. You can make 1 or 2 crust pies with this dish and you can also use this to make non bake pies. Freezer, microwave, and dishwasher safe.
Farberware Baker’s Advantage Ceramic Pie Dish, 10-Inch, Teal, $17 from Amazon Buy Now»
This handcrafted french rolling pin is great because, it’s one solid piece and that makes it easier to use than the traditional rolling pin, and easier to clean as well. Perfect for rolling cookie doughs, pie crust, pizza doughs and much more.
Wooden French Rolling Pin for Baking, 18 inch, $15 from Amazon Buy Now»
Every kitchen needs kitchen towels. This 15 pack of natural kitchen towels are very absorbent, durable, and made from 100% cotton. Using more cloth kitchen towels over disposable paper towels, is also more environmentally friendly.
Zeppoli Classic Kitchen Towels 15-Pack – 100% Natural Cotton, 14” x 25”, $20 from Amazon Buy Now»
Having at least one cast iron skillet is essential for every foodies kitchen. Cast iron skillets are incredibly durable and have so many uses. You can use them for stovetop cooking, baking, grilling, and even for cooking over a campfire. A cast iron skillet will last you a lifetime!
Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet – 12 Inch, $30 from Amazon Buy Now»
A high powered, high quality kitchen mixer is great for the foodie who love to make baked goods. This kitchen ad mixer is also great if you like to make plant based meat alternatives like seitan, which require a bit of kneading.
KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Qt. Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield – Onyx Black, $450 from Amazon Buy Now»
Santoku Knives are great quality knives at a very affordable price. This chef knife is great for large and fine chops as well. This blade is very sharp and can cut through root vegetables like sweet potatoes, like butter. It’s durable, perfect for every kitchen and also makes a great gift.
Santoku Knife – MAD SHARK Pro 8 Inch Chef’s Knives, High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife, $27 from Amazon Buy Now»
17. Teakhaus by Proteak Edge Grain Cutting Board – 24″ x 18″ x 1.5″
They’ve nicknamed this board “the last board you’ll ever need”, and with good reason! This board it very high quality and durable. It’s very easy to care for and its the perfect size. Not to big not too small, but great for cutting small batches and larger batches of food as well.
Teakhaus by Proteak Edge Grain Cutting Board – 24″ x 18″ x 1.5″, $100 from Amazon Buy Now»
A mortar and pestle is great to have, because it has so many awesome uses. From making guacamole, to crushing spices and herbs, and mashing different types of foods. Every foodie should have a mortar and pestle in their kitchen.
Gorilla Grip Original Mortar and Pestle Set, Small 5 Inch Holds 1.5 Cups, $22 from Amazon Buy Now»
A utility knife is great for chopping small foods and vegetables. It shares lots of qualities of a chef knife, but its useful for getting smaller, more precise cuts, and even works well for peeling on a pinch.
Farberware EdgeKeeper Utility Knife – 4.5 inch, $6 from Amazon Buy Now»
A microplane grater is so important to have in any foodie kitchen. If you love to cook, or simply cook often, having a microplane grater in your kitchen is super useful for things like grating, lemon, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, chocolate, cheese, vegetables, fruits, and more!
Deiss PRO Citrus Zester & Cheese Grater, $11 from Amazon Buy Now»
Hand blenders are such a convenient tool in the kitchen. They are great for blending sauces right in the pot, as well as soups. Two speeds for all your blending tasks and a powerful 200-watt motor handles more blending tasks. The blending shaft and becker are dishwasher safe, which makes clean up a breeze.
Cuisinart Smart Stick 200 Watt 2-Speed Hand Blender, Yellow, $50 from Amazon Buy Now»
A high powered blender is perfect for all foodie kitchens, because so much can been done with just one appliance like this. You can make the smoothies, homemade nut butters, frozen dessert, baby food, and even hot soups can be made in the blender. The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes.
Vitamix Blender Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, White, $384 from Amazon Buy Now»
An air fryer cooks food in a much healthier way then traditional frying. Oil -less cooking and cooking time is also cut in half for most recipes. Lots of meals can be made in this air fryer, like breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. This air fryer also comes with a free cookbook.
GoWISE USA 1700-Watt 5.8-QT 8-in-1 Digital Air Fryer with Recipe Book, Black, $75 from Amazon Buy Now»
The Instant Pot is so convenient for busy people. It cooks fast and combines 7 appliances in one: Pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, saute pan, yogurt maker and warmer, and cooks up to 70% faster.
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker 6 Quart, 14 One-Touch Programs, $79 from Amazon Buy Now»
Having a slow cooker, gives you the opportunity to set food to cook and all you have to do is come back to serve the food when it’s ready. It’s convenient and great for busy people with limited time.
Crock-Pot, 6-Quart Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Digital Timer, Stainless Steel, $45 from Amazon Buy Now»
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