If you are ready to take on the journey of cooking, there are a few tools need before you can start crafting wonderful dishes. As a beginner, you may feel a little lost to what tools are necessary and which are not. To not leaving you in the dark, here are a few essential tools that every beginner cook needs.
10-inch Stainless Steel Skillet
Stainless steel pans won’t stain or chip like non-stick pans and aren’t as hard to care for. Stainless steel pans are little more expensive but they can last well over two decades.
A good size for a chef’s knife is between 8″ to 10″ inches. Don’t invest in a chef knife that is overly expensive You can pick up a $20 chef’s knife at any restaurant store, and once it becomes dull you can easily just pick up another one.
When looking for cutting boards find one that is comprised of a hard wood like walnut, hickory, or oak. You will want it to be at least 2 inches thick to avoid warping when it’s wet. If you don’t want to go the wood route, try a ¾” bamboo cutting board. If you can try to avoid glass or plastic cutting boards, they can damage your knives and get slippery. The one exception for getting a plastic cutting board is if you are using it as a designated meat board. It will be far easier to clean than a wooden one.
It will be hard to make a cake or really anything without a mixing bowl. You will find that bowls come in a variety of materials, but if you can try getting glass ones. By far they are the easiest to clean and are dishwasher safe!
Measuring Cups & Spoons
When you are baking, the last thing you will want to do is just eyeball ingredients. Without exact measurements, your recipe can go terribly wrong. Look for a set that isn’t too bulky and can easily fit into the containers of your ingredients.
Whether you decide to go electric or manual, this tool is a must-have. Without it, you won’t be able to open canned goods very easily.
When it comes time to washing vegetables or drain pasta, you will want a colander on hand. You don’t have to spend much money on this, a plastic one will get the job done just fine.