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 Separator

OXO Good Grips 4-Cup Fat Separator
  • Constructed of heat-resistant plastic
  • Heat-resistant strainer catches unwanted bits

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

2. Lavatools Food Thermometer

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Lavatools PT12 Javelin Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer (Chipotle)
  • 3-4 second ultra-fast response time with an accuracy better than ±0.9°F.
  • Large 1.4" easy-to-read display and splash-proof construction.

We have recently switched to this food thermometer as it is fast and accurate (±0.9°F). We use this 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

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FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit
  • Starter kit includes; 11"x10" Heat Seal Roll, Quart Heat Seal Bags (3), Gallon Heat Seal...
  • Compact size with manual operation,Patented, removable, dishwasher-safe, drip tray

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 in. x 50' Vacuum Saver Rolls & 8 in. x 50' Vacuum Saver Rolls

4. FoodSaver Handheld Vacuum-Sealing System

FoodSaver FSFRSH0055 FreshSaver Handheld Vacuum-Sealing System
  • Cordless handheld vacuum sealer keeps ready-to-eat food items fresh for longer
  • 1-touch operation; dishwasher-safe nozzle catches overflow liquids

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 Steamer

Happy Sales HSST-BMB08, Three Piece 8 Inch Bamboo Steamer
  • Two 8 inch bamboo steamers and a bamboo lid included
  • Easy to use

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 Scale

Smart Weigh Digital Kitchen Scale with Glass Top, Audible Touch Buttons, 5-unit Modes, Liquid...
  • State-of-the-art kitchen and food scale. Features an advanced weight technology, high...
  • Seeing is believing. Large backlit LCD display provides easy weight reading visibility...

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 Spinner

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Premium Salad Spinner with Stainless Steel Serving Bowl and Storage Lid
  • Stunning Design. Built To Last - This Salad Spinner is manufactured from the highest...
  • Simple To Use - Our Pull-Dry Mechanism creates an ultra fast spin which works together...

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 Knife

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Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife 40520, 47520, 45520 Frustration Free Packaging
  • Multipurpose chef's knife designed for chopping, mincing, slicing, and dicing with razor...
  • Ergonomically designed, non-slip Fibrox Pro handle provides a sure grip and easy handling...

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 Knife

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Victorinox 4-Inch Swiss Classic Paring Knife with Straight Blade, Spear Point, Black
  • Multipurpose straight edge paring knife designed for garnishing, mincing, peeling, slicing...
  • The ergonomically designed Swiss Classic handle is inspired by our professional Fibrox Pro...

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 Skillet

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Lodge Logic L8SK3 10-1/4-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet
  • 10.25-inch Skillet can saute, sear, fry, bake and stir fry
  • L 16.125, W- 10.688, H- 2-Inches

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 6

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1Easylife 18/8 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 6 for Measuring Dry and Liquid...
  • ★ MAKING A PERFECT DISH WILL NEVER BE A DOWNFALL. Preparing a dish requires following...
  • ★ SAY NO TO COOKING NIGHTMARES. Introducing the elegant and stylish measuring spoons, A...

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 Tools

Lipper International 826 Set of 6 Bamboo Kitchen Tools, in Mesh Bag
  • Three wooden spoons and three wooden spatula's in mesh bag
  • Made of bamboo wood - A renewable resource; Harder than maple

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 Set

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Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set
  • Set includes: (1) each 1-Cup, 2-Cup, and 4-Cup Capacity Measuring Cups
  • Made of nonporous glass that won't warp, stain, or absorb odors

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 Cups

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Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set - Stackable 6 Pieces By Superb Chefs.
  • THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THAT SPECIAL PERSON AND EXPERTLY CRAFTED FROM HIGH QUALITY COMMERCIAL...
  • EASY TO READ METRIC AND USA CUP MEASURE indicators are engraved on the handles and on the...

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 Cooker

Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker,...
  • Instant Pot 7-in-1 Smart electric pressure cooker is a revolutionary kitchen appliance...
  • Built with 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté, Steam, Rice,...

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 Cooker

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Instant Pot DUO60 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker,...
  • Duo, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure...
  • Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice,...

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 Lid

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad Stainless-Steel 13-Inch Wok with Dome Lid
  • 13-inch wok made of 18/10 stainless steel with aluminum core
  • Solid stainless-steel riveted handles stay cooler with air-flow technology

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 Set

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Lagostina Q555SD Axia Tri-Ply Stainless Steel Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Cookware Set, 13-Piece,...
  • Premium Stainless Steel with a thick heat radiating aluminum core for optimal heat...
  • Tri-Ply 18/10 Stainless Steel construction maintains purity of flavors and is ideal for...

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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