Kitchen Essentials Checklist – What Tools Do You Need?

What are the essential tools every kitchen should have? The Kitchen Essentials Checklist helps navigate the equipment every kitchen needs.

May 7, 2021

Kitchen Essentials Checklist with cooking gadgets

What kitchen tools do you need?

Supper Sanity provides recipes and meal planning tips, but another vital topic is equipping a kitchen with essential tools that help get the meal on the table. Planning gifts for loved ones, updating your kitchen equipment, organizing a wedding registry? The Kitchen Essentials Checklist is a guide to help navigate the equipment every kitchen needs. Download the list below.

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When to purchase new kitchen gadgets or upgrade cooking tools?

If any of the following scenarios resonate, it may be time to take stock of your kitchen equipment.

  • Wedding Registry – Congratulation! Now’s the time to get the cooking tools you want and need. Your wedding guests love to buy from a curated list. 
  • Wedding Jealousy – You’ve recently purchased a wedding gift and discovered that you also need to upgrade every kitchen appliance on the bride and groom’s wedding registry list.
  • Just Because – tired of using nonstick pans that stick, split wooden spoons, and cookware hand-me-downs.
  • New life – new kitchen – moving, graduating, recently independent, marriage, interest in upping your cooking game, or other life events means buying new cooking utensils and gadgets.
  • Remodeled kitchen – your recent renovation needs new kitchen tools that match the look.
  • Downsizing – going to a smaller kitchen requires cooking basics that offer more utility.

What are the essential kitchen tools every cook should have?

This Kitchen Essentials Checklist breaks the recommended items into the following categories:

  • Cookware 
  • Appliances & Electrics
  • Cutting Tools
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Bakeware
  • Kitchen Gadgets

Dishware, barware, serving pieces, and flatware are also needed, but I keep the list to cooking equipment. Brides wedding registry guide includes dining, entertaining, and household items.

Kitchen Essentials Checklist

Free Kitchen Essentials Checklist

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The Kitchen Essential Checklist is a guide. I use my experience cooking for a family of five for 25+ years, entertaining, and working at Sur La Table to create this list. An interior designer and a chef also reviewed the kitchen checklist. It is a great starting point to think through your cooking needs. Sign up to receive the list and other tips and begin your wish list and buying strategy for you or the family cook.

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