The following items allow a cook to create most types of food with maximum efficiency. For some items on this list, it is best to have a few good-quality pieces that serve a variety of purposes. Low-quality cooking tools can be less versatile and need to be replaced more often.Continue Reading
A set of at least three high-quality knives is essential. A large chopping knife, large serrated carving knife and smaller paring knife serve most everyday purposes.
For cooking, get a large non-stick frying pan and a good set of heavy saucepans. One each of small, medium and large sizes is typically sufficient. Also, have several sturdy sheet pans for baking.
Essential tools include a can opener, vegetable peeler, grater and measuring cups and spoons. Also, get a set of nesting mixing bowls, a large colander or strainer and a large liquid measuring cup.
Finally, there are several essential kitchen items for which quality is less important. These items are easy to purchase at discount or home goods stores. A kitchen should have a large casserole pan, tongs, wooden spoons, a whisk, a potato masher, a slotted spoon, a spatula, a rolling pin and one or more chopping boards in various sizes.Learn more about Cookware & Kitchen Tools
Le Creuset cookware factory seconds are retail items that have minor manufacturing flaws, such as a chip or bubble in the finish, or a paint color that does not meet the manufacturer's standard. Factory seconds sell at Le Creuset Outlet Stores, typically at a 30 to 40 percent discount.Full Answer >
Ceramic cookware is safe to prepare and serve food in when it is labeled as a Perfluorooctanoic acid-free product. Cookware that is PFOA may still be used safely, as long as the cookware is not scratched or dented. This food-safe ceramic cookware is typically labeled as being PFOA free.Full Answer >
Calphalon anodized aluminum cookware is considered safe for food preparation. The anodization process hardens the aluminum and prevents it from reacting with acidic foods and becoming toxic.Full Answer >
Uniware manufactures aluminum, non-stick, stainless steel and enamel cookware, in addition to pressure cookers, coffee and tea pots and bakeware as of 2016. Various sizes of calderas, calderos and calderons with metal or glass lids and heavy aluminum sauce and stock pot sets are among its aluminum cookware. Uniware non-stick cookware includes griddles, frying pans, stir fry pans, stock pots and a double-handle casserole with tempered glass lid.Full Answer >