Kitchen Essentials Every Home Cook Should Buy

Walking down the cooking aisle at a store can be overwhelming: All the specialty tools are just begging to be purchased. The problem is we can’t afford to buy everything – plus, we don’t really need them. Which brings us to this question: What do we need in the kitchen? What are some kitchen essentials that’ll never go out of style? Check out our list below to see what kitchen essentials you should have in your collection.

Knife Sharpener

Dull knives are bad for two reasons: They can pose a danger to the person using them, and they chop insufficiently. It’s wise to keep a knife sharpener handy at home to eliminate the risk of injury. Try to find one with multiple slots to fit different-sized blades.

Our Pick: Presto EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener ($47.99, shop here)

Cast-Iron Skillet

If you’re looking for a pan that delivers even heat throughout, a cast-iron skillet has you covered. Great for cooking eggs, searing meat, roasting veggies, and more, this kitchen must-have will become your go-to pan for all your stovetop endeavors.

Our Pick: Le Creuset Signature Skillet 10.25″ Skillet ($220, shop here)

Kitchen Shears 

Ever find yourself in the kitchen needing a pair of scissors? Traditional arts-and-crafts scissors will not cut through meat or open rough packaging. So instead, invest in some kitchen shears. These bad boys make cutting anything easy as can be. Plus, they separate so you can wash them without having food build up in the hinge.

Our Pick: Wüstof Brushed Stainless Kitchen Shears ($55, shop here)

Instant-Read Thermometer

You don’t want to get sick from raw food, but you also don’t want your meat burnt to a crisp. We have a saving grace for both problems: an instant-read thermometer. These amazing gadgets tell you what temperature is best for each type of meat, and once inserted, they read the internal temperature instantly, letting you know if it’s time to chow down or cook a little longer.

Our Pick: ThermoWorks ThermoPop ($21, shop here)

Garlic Press

If you love garlic, purchasing a garlic press is a no-brainer. Not only does this nifty tool save time and clean up, but it’s also very compact and fits inside any utensil drawer.

Our Pick: OXO Good Grips Garlic Press ($18.99, shop here)

Dutch Oven 

If you believe in kitchen versatility, a Dutch oven will quickly become your best friend since you can use it for stovetop and in-oven recipes. Sear meat, slowly cook stew, make homemade sauce, or bake bread. The sky’s the limit!

Our Pick: Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven (starting at $260, shop here)

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