Last modified on October 16th, 2018 at 7:54 PM

My Favorite Kitchen Essentials

A no-fuss list of affordable and quality kitchen essentials for your home! Everything on this kitchen equipment list are items I use and my personal favorites.

Do you know what kitchen essentials you need to have in your home? This list will tell you! I get asked about what my favorite kitchen equipment items are, so I decided to put together a detailed list for your reference.

Keep in mind that while some things are good no matter what brand you get, quality matters when it comes to pans and knives. Don’t be afraid of saving a little longer for a really nice pan or knife, it will last you forever! All of the links to products in this post are affiliate links, read more about affiliate links on my website here.

Kitchen Essentials: Cookware


Having a quality skillet can make all the difference in your cooking. I highly encourage you to cook with stainless steel pans, but any route you go, get a good one. A quality pan will be heavy – a heavy pan conducts and holds heat well.

Lodge Skillet

No-Season Cast Iron Skillet

Scanpan CTQ Skillets

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Skillet with Lid

Korean beef bowl mixture in a grizzly cast iron pan.

Pan Sets

All-Clad Stainless Steel 14-Piece Cookware Set

Sur La Table Tri-Ply Stainless Steel 10-Piece Set

Sur La Table Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Roasting Pan

Dutch Ovens

A good {read: heavy!!} dutch oven is perfect for cooking all of those quintessential comfort meal dishes. I love dutch ovens because they look beautiful {ha!} but also because of their versatility in on the stovetop and in the oven. While I do have a big stock pot that is oven safe, the thick-walled dutch oven does a better job cooking for long periods of time at low temps in the oven.

Staub® Marin Blue Coq au Vin {5 3/4 Quart}

Staub Marin-Blue Round Cocotte {7 Quart}

Odds and Ends

Lodge Reversible Grill & Griddle Pan

Kitchen Essentials: Knives

A good knife is worth its weight in gold when it comes to kitchen equipment! I cannot adequately express my love of a good knife. You guys, I am that weirdo who brings my own knives with me when I’m asked to cook for people away from home. It is that big of a deal!

And, a good knife is a safe knife. Be sure to keep your quality knifes sharp and you’ll be set. One quality knife is better than a set of bad ones. If you can only get one, get the Santoku. Its versatility in the kitchen is unmatched.

Wusthof Acacia Gourmet Knife Block Set

Wusthof Classic Chef’s Knife

Wusthof Classic Paring Knife

Wusthof Classic Hollow-Edge Santoku

Wusthof Classic 4-Piece Steak Knife Set

Wusthof Four-Stage Handheld Sharpener

Chopping yellow pepper for steak kabobs.

Kitchen Essentials: Bakeware

When it comes to bakeware, the quality can make the difference between a recipe turning out well and a disaster. I love USA Bakeware because it is thick material that never warps in the oven, they bake evenly, and they are easy to clean. And, as always, I love an American made product.

I only have one pie plate on here, but in all honesty, I have about 1.893 million. I looooove pie plates. So when it comes to choosing a pie plate, choose the one you love best! Just be sure you have a deep pie plate and a shallow pie plate to meet all your baking needs.

USA Pan 6-Piece Bakeware Set

USA Pan Rectangular Cake Pan

USA Pan Square Cake Pan

USA Pan Round Cake Pan

USA Pan Loaf Pan

USA Pan Standard Muffin Pan

USA Pan Jelly Roll Pan

USA Pan Half Sheet Bakeable Nonstick Cooling Rack

Baked by FireKing Fluted Glass Pie Dish

Kitchen Essentials: Kitchen Tools

You may be asking yourself how different all these tools can be, but I have favorite brands and I’ve linked them all up here! These are my go-to, tried and true. They won’t break after years of use, they do the job well, and you will use each of these kitchen equipment items over and over in your home.

When choosing measuring cups and spoons, it doesn’t really matter what kind, as long as the measurement is etched into the cup and spoon. This will ensure it never fades or rubs off, so you can quickly grab the cup or spoon you need without a hassle. If you’re wondering….yes I am speaking from experience here. ha!

Thermapen Mk4 Thermometer 

ChefAlarm Thermometer

OXO Manual Can Opener

Sur La Table Flex-Core Mini Silicone Spatula and Spatula Spoon

OXO Good Grips Balloon Whisks

J.K. Adams French Tapered (Dowel) Rolling Pin

Sur La Table Walnut Spoon

Microplane Soft-Handle Zester Grater

OXO 6-Piece Grater-Slicer

OXO Good Grips Pro Swivel Peeler

Grating fresh nutmeg into the butter mixture for orange rolls.

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Measuring Cups & Spoons

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Colanders

OXO Good Grips Fine-Mesh Strainer

John Boos & Co. Maple Cutting Board

Non-Skid Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls

Duralex Lys Clear Stackable Bowls

OXO Pastry Blender

Stainless Steel Bench Dough Scraper with Black Handle

Regency Natural Chef-Grade Cooking Twine Refill

PaperChef Parchment Paper Roll

Kitchen Essentials: Kitchen Appliances

Most kitchen appliances are non-essential, meaning you can do the jobs they do by hand or with another kitchen tool. But here are the few kitchen appliances that I use all the time and have really grown to love. If I had to choose just one, I’d choose the immersion blender. I use that so often for small jobs in the kitchen, and it’s so affordable!

OXO 11-lb. Stainless Steel Scale with Pull-Out Display

KitchenAid® 9-Speed Hand Mixer

KitchenAid White Artisan Stand Mixer

Adding strawberries to batter for strawberry banana bread.

Cuisinart Mini Food Processor

Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender & Chopper

Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Ultra

I hope you found this kitchen equipment list helpful as you decide what to purchase for your own kitchen! I actually really love putting these kinds of posts together – it’s like shopping for my own dream kitchen essentials. Happy cooking and baking my friends!

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    September 10, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Hello, what type of portable stove you use that are shown in your pictures?

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