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
  • Quickly separates unwanted fat from flavorful juices
  • BPA-free, heat-resistant plastic

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

2. Lavatools Food Thermometer

Lavatools PT12 Javelin Ultra Fast Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer for Grill and Cooking,...
  • Ultra-fast 3-4 second readouts thanks to a proprietary high-performance Japanese...
  • Incredible accuracy of ±0.5°F achievable by laboratory calibration. Javelin is an...

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.


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3. FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System

Foodsaver FSFSSL2244-000 V2244 Machine for Food Preservation with Bags and Rolls Starter Kit |...
  • Stretch your dollar: Meat preserved with the foodsaver system in the freezer can last upto...
  • Number 1 vacuum sealing system: Foodsaver keeps food fresh upto 5x longer compared to...

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 , 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

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

Victorinox Swiss Army 5.2063.20-X14 Fibrox Chef's Knife Black 8 in
  • For home chefs & professionals. This Fibro Pro chef's knife has been the top choice of...
  • Fit for all tasks. Designed to handle kitchen tasks both big and small, This durable...

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

Victorinox Swiss Army 6.7703 Swiss Classic Straight Paring Knife Black 4 in
  • This indispensable knife allows you to dominate kitchen adventures that require precision
  • Contemporary, textured handle with a non-slip grip -- even when wet; The handle is...

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

Lodge 10.25 Inch Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Skillet – Signature Teardrop Handle - Use in the...
  • YOUR NEW GO-TO PAN: Lodge cast iron cookware is the perfect kitchen tool for beginners,...
  • SEASONED COOKWARE: Seasoning is simply oil baked into the iron, giving it a natural,...

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

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 Bamboo Wood Kitchen Tools in Mesh Bag, 6-Piece Set
  • Set of 6 versatile bamboo wood tools for cooking
  • Safe for use on all cooking surfaces

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

Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set (3-Piece, Microwave and Oven Safe),Clear
  • 3-PIECE: Includes 1-cup, 2-cup, and 4-cup measuring cups that are perfect for baking,...
  • EASY TO READ: Featuring bold and large measurements in both ounces and milliliters making...

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

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups Set - Stackable 6 Pieces By Superb Chefs.
  • 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.


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

Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté,...
  • 7-IN-1 FUNCTIONALITY: Pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer, sauté...
  • QUICK ONE-TOUCH COOKING: 13 customizable Smart Programs for pressure cooking ribs, soups,...

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 Wok Multi-Ply Clad Stir Fry Pan, 13-Inch with High Dome lid, Silver
  • HIGH QUALITY - Cooks Standard Wok Pan is made of premium grade 18/10 stainless steel and...
  • STAINLESS STEEL DOME LID & COMFORTABLE HANDLE - The Stainless Steel Dome Lid has a good...

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

Axia Stainless 13-Piece Set
  • Tri-Ply Stainless Construction
  • 18/10 Stainless Steel Cooking Surface

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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