We are almost a week into the #HappyKitchenProject with Tina and Brooke of Designers Collective and it has been a blast! We’ve talked about using color in the kitchen, learned how to make some awesome DIY Ombre Tea Towels, and also got some tips on keeping your kitchen clean. It’s really not cliché that the kitchen is the “heart” of the home. I’m a firm believer that everything in the house revolves around the kitchen. So its important for it to be a “happy” place that you love!
Today for day 5 of our project I’m sharing some essential tools for the kitchen. Whether you are a beginning cook just starting out, or an expert, these are tools every happy kitchen should have. There is nothing worse than seeing a recipe you want to try and you not have the tools you need to make it.
A Happy Kitchen is one that is equipped to put out awesome meals!
I’m not saying you have to have expensive equipment, or fancy gadgets. My grandmother had the happiest kitchen I’ve ever been in and half of the things we “need” to cook with today hadn’t even been invented.
Here’s what’s in our Happy Kitchen toolbox:
1. Two good knives: a standard/chef knife, and boning knife. A boning knife is also called a filet knife.
2. A set of measuring cups and spoons
3. A mixer. Not necessarily heavy duty stand mixer, (although I am completely crushing the Kitchen Aid with all the bells and whistles) but at least a good hand mixer.
4. A colander
5. Hand tools including a pair of tongs, wooden spoon, a spatula, a whisk, and a rubber spatula.
6. A least one nonstick skillet. This is my “secret” to making great eggs and omelettes in the mornings.
7. A good pot set that includes a frying pan, sauce pot, and stock pot.
8. A dutch oven or crock pot. Many cooks will say you need both. Having both is nice, but if you can only have one, I recommend a dutch oven. I feel they are more versatile in the things you can cook in them, and you can also use it as a fryer.
9. A sturdy cutting board
10. Mixing Bowls
11. Sheet Pans for roasting and baking. You can find them in sets of three. Then you will have a small, medium, and large one to cover anything you may want to make.
12. A muffin tin.
13. A cake pan. Either a bundt pan or a set of round cake pans. You may have to adjust your recipe depending on which you have, but have at least one.
15. A blender or food processor. These days you can find appliances that do both.
16. A Glass Baking Dish…or two. They are great for casseroles, pasta dishes, desserts like cobblers, you name it. My grandmother was a firm believer in the power of Pyrex!
17.** A Cast Iron Skillet. Please note that this last one is not an essential to every kitchen. Just mine. I’m a Southern girl, and no Southern Kitchen is complete without a cast iron skillet!
Sure you can improvise if you need to, and your needs will be different than ours, but this is a good place to start. With this list you can prepare 99% of the recipes you will find in cookbooks or on the web.
You can make the extra 1% if you’re willing to take your creativity the extra mile.
Tomorrow, we are back in Vancouver with Brooke and Tina for Day 6 of the Happy Kitchen Project. Don’t miss it! You can catch all of the fun on social media by following the #HappyKitchenProject hash tag.
Share your photos with us @chewsylovers and @designerscollective_ on Instagram. We would love to see your happy kitchens!
What’s your favorite cooking tool? Share it with me in the comments!
Whip It Real Good,