Kitchen Tools

Here are 18 essential kitchen tools and appliances we use in our kitchen. We love these tools and regularly recommend them to our family and friends.

We often look for tools with the best overall value – high-quality tools with the most affordable prices. Let us know if you have any questions! 🙂

1. OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Fat SeparatorOXO Fat Separator

This is such a great gadget to have. It helps us separate the fat/oil from sauces and gravy quickly.

2. Cappec Food ThermometerCappecs Food Thermometer

We use this food thermometer to make sure our meat are cooked properly such as this pressure cooker pork chop recipe. We also use it to monitor the temperature for poor-man sous vide, as we find the measurement to be quite accurate.

3. FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter KitFoodsaver

We love our FoodSaver!! The FoodSaver V2244 is one of the entry models in the FoodSaver lineup. It has saved us a lot of money over the years as we can purchase meat in bulk (Yay for discount meat!) without worrying about the meat quality in the freezer.

It’s also a handy tool for Sous Vide cooking. We use these 11″ x 50′ Vacuum Saver Rolls & 8″ x 50′ Vacuum Saver Rolls as they are a lot more affordable.

4. FoodSaver Handheld Vacuum-Sealing System

FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum-Sealing System

We also have this handheld FreshSaver for quick sealing cheese, butter, and deli meats. They last a lot longer in the fridge with these reusable containers or vacuum-zipper bags.

5. Two Tiers 8 Inch Bamboo SteamerTwo Tiers 8 Inch Bamboo Steamer

Dim sum just tastes better with the bamboo steamer 🙂 We use this two tiers bamboo steamer to steam our dim sum on the stove top. The two of them will also fit tightly into the 6-quart Instant Pot.

6. Kitchen Food ScaleKitchen Food Scale

We have been using this multi-function digital kitchen food scale for over a year. This accurate scale is great for all types of ingredients (Measuring in g, oz., mL and cups). Yes! This is the scale we use in all our recipes 🙂

7. Stainless Steel Salad SpinnerStainless Steel Salad Spinner

Finally! A stainless steel salad spinner with LIFETIME replacement guarantee. This is more expensive than a plastic salad spinner, but it is more durable and will last you a lifetime!

8. Victorinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef’s KnifeVictorinox Fibrox Straight Edge Chef's Knife

A sharp chef knife is your best friend in the kitchen. A dull knife is flat out dangerous. We’ve been using this knife for a long time as it’s one of the best knives at this price range. A well balanced blade with razor sharp edge.

9. Victorinox Swiss Classic Paring KnifeVictorinox Paring Knife

For lighter job such as slicing garlic/shallot, peeling fruits…etc we recommend this Switzerland crafted paring knife by Victorinox. At this price point, it is hard to beat.

10. Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron SkilletLodge Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet

An indestructible pan that you’ll want to pass down to your child. With proper seasoning, you’ll be able to fry eggs, pan cakes, steaks….etc with it. Cast-iron skillets are perfect for searing meat at high temperature as they retain heat very very well.

11. Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 6Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons

This set is the best selling measuring spoons on amazon! Made with high quality stainless steel and accurate measurements.

12. Lipper International Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen ToolsWooden Spoons

This wooden spoon set is sooo affordable. These spoons are made with bamboo wood and they won’t scratch your pans. A very nice set for starters, but please don’t expect the best quality at this price.

If you are looking for a very high quality set of wooden spoons that will last you a long time, get these instead.

13. Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup SetGlass Measuring Cups

This affordable set is made with thick and durable material. These are freezer safe, oven safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and wallet safe. 😉

14. Stainless Steel Measuring CupsStainless Steel Measuring Cups

A very sturdy set of measuring cups made with high quality stainless steel. They even have small pour spouts that make pouring liquids easier.

15. Instant Pot IP-Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Pressure CookerInstant Pot Smart

A relatively new addition to our kitchen. It has become one of the most frequently used appliances in our kitchen.

Read more about why we bought an instant pot here. This Instant Pot has bluetooth feature and it can set to a certain temperature to do poor-man sous vide.

16. Instant Pot IP-DUO-60 7in1 Pressure CookerInstant Pot Duo 60

This is our first Instant Pot. I would say it is quite durable as it is still going strong 🙂 We purchased the Instant Pot Smart after being impressed by this one.

17. Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 13-Inch Wok with Dome LidMulti-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 13-Inch Wok

We’ve been using this high quality Multi-Ply 18/10 stainless steel wok on our induction cooktop for about 2 years.

It heats up evenly and quickly. This is definitely a keeper! Perfect for stir-frying. If you love steaming food, get this steamer insert designed for the wok as well.

18. Lagostina Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware SetLagostina Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set

This is our go-to set in the kitchen. These have never let us down! We’ve been using them for 4 years and they’re still as good as new. We always try to get Tri Ply for all our cookware as they heat up more evenly and quickly.

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