Updated April 9, 2018.
With all the new innovations, kitchen equipment and tools have gone beyond mere function to artful design and fun-filled color, complementing most any kitchen decor.
Find the essentials you need . . . and more!
In the culinary world, cooking is considered a fine art and like any famous artist, award-winning chefs and prize cooks alike know the right things to successfully cook perfect food every time.
Since most kitchen equipment and tools are extremely durable, lasting a lifetime or longer, it is worth spending more to purchase high quality items designed to turn out the best food product results.
Standard sizes are typically indicated on the back of the bottoms of pots, pans and baking dishes, or on the inside rim, inside wall or on the handle of other equipment.
Some recipes indicate the kitchen equipment and tools required for best results.
Substitutions can affect cooking temperature and times, and food product results.
The following list is a guide to the kitchen equipment and tools used to prepare the recipes on this website.
Be sure to bookmark this webpage to return to, time and again, when you are looking for the kitchen equipment and tools you need to cook like a pro!
boning knife: 6 inch, 15 centimeter
bread knife: 10 inch, 25 centimeter; also known as saw-tooth knife or serrated-edge knife
carving knife: also known as meat slicer or slicing knife
chef's knife: 8 or 10 inch, 20 or 25 centimeters; also known as French knife
citrus reamer: also known as a citrus juicer
cutting board: large plastic; used for cutting raw meats, poultry and fish; can be used as a carving board
cutting board: large wooden; used as a pastry board and a food preparation cutting board
food grinder: hand crank; also known as meat grinder
grater/shredder: stainless steel; used for grating citrus rind, whole spices and shredding foods such as cheeses, fruits and vegetables
ice cream dipper: also known as ice cream scoop
meat mallet: also known as meat hammer
melon ball cutter: also known as melon baller
paring knife: 3 inch, 7.6 centimeter blade
pizza cutter: large, two-handed rocker knife used to cut pizza, pastries, and baked goods, and to chop, mince or scoop.
scoops: set of sturdy stainless steel, small, medium and large; used for cookie making, dipping batter and meatball making
utility knife: 6 inch, 15 centimeter blade
deep fry basket: stainless steel
double boiler: stainless steel with lid
Dutch oven: enameled cast iron with lid, 4 quart, 3.8 liter and 6 quart, 5.7 liters
griddle: cast iron, 10 inch, 25 centimeter round
kitchen timer: with alarm
range: kitchen appliance with a cooktop and a built-in oven; can be free-standing or built-in to custom cabinets; also known as a stove
skimmer: stainless steel; used for lifting food from hot liquids, fats and oils; also known as spider strainer
skillet: cast iron, 8 inch, 20 centimeters
stock pot with steamer: stainless steel with lid, 8 quart, 7.6 liter
basting spoon: large stainless steel, can also be used as a serving spoon
dinner fork: also known as place fork or table fork
dinner knife: also known as place knife or table knife
dinner spoon: also known as place spoon, table spoon or tablespoon
ladle: stainless steel
meat fork: stainless steel, 2-tined long-handled
pancake turner: stainless steel
pie server: offset design, stainless steel, sharp edges to make a clean cut, flexible enough to nicely slide under sliced pie and neatly lift a piece out intact; used to serve cakes, pies, pizzas and quiche.
pizza peel: nonstick, used to unload dough onto a hot baking stone, to rotate foods while baking for even browning and to remove baked goods from hot oven.
sauce ladle: stainless steel
slotted spoon: large, stainless steel
spatula: flexible metal
spatula: heat-proof silicone for scraping out ingredients
tongs: stainless steel
wooden spoons: graduated sizes
colander: large stainless steel
food mill: hand crank
parchment paper: to catch ingredients falling through mesh screen when measured into a sifter
sifter: large stainless steel with a fine mesh screen for sifting and aerating flour and other dry ingredients
strainers: nesting set of sturdy stainless steel, typically very fine, fine and coarse, for straining foods and sieving
adjustable measuring cup: used for measuring fats
liquid measuring cups: set of glass 1 cup, 1 pint and 1 quart sizes, or .25 and .5 and .95 liter sizes
measuring cups: nesting set of stainless steel graduated dry measuring cups with 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1 cup sizes, or 60, 85, 125 and 250 milliliter sizes
measuring spoons: nesting set of stainless steel graduated measuring spoons with 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon sizes, or .5, 1.25, 2.5, 5 and 15 milliliter sizes
straight spatula: used for leveling off, also known as a straight-edged knife
chimney starter: used for lighting charcoal briquettes for a charcoal grill
grill: also known as barbecue grill, charcoal grill or outdoor gas grill
grill glove: heat-resistant, long-armed, also known barbecue glove or mitt, BBQ glove or mitt, cooking glove or mitt, grill mitt, oven glove or mitt
grill grids: also known as vegetable grids
grill spatula: long-handled, stainless steel, also known as turner
grill tongs: long-handled, stainless steel
skewers: stainless steel or bamboo
biscuit cutters: nesting set made of sturdy stainless steel, also used as cookie and doughnut cutters
cookie cutters: shaped stainless steel or plastic
mixing bowls: nesting set of sturdy bowls, typically 1 pint, 1 quart, and 2 quart, or .5, .95 and 1.9 liter sizes
pastry board cover: also known as pastry cloth
pastry brushes: large and small
pastry cutter: stainless steel, also known as pastry blender or dough blender
pastry tube with tips: used for decorating cakes, cookies and other pastries; also known as cake or cookie decorating tube, or decorator's tube
pizza roller: used to roll pizza dough into a pizza pan and for rolling out other kinds of pastry.
rubber spatula or scraper: used for folding and scraping out ingredients
funnel: used for filling jars and bottles