Kitchen Equipment Staples

May 17, 2019 | Tips and Tricks

I have been cooking and baking most of my life and I have destroyed a number of ranges( cookers), small kitchen appliances and tools. I have found that it is best to invest in the best equipment you can afford. Here are some suggestions of tools that i could not live without. These essential tools are often missing from many kitchens. I hope this short list will prove helpful.

High speed blender.
Two great brands are Blendtec ( and Vitamix ( Look for a minimum horsepower of 2-peak. Smaller and less powerful blenders are really only good for smoothies. You can buy high powered blenders refurbished on the company websites for a reduced cost but with the same warranty as brand new.

Stand kitchen mixer with a deep stainless steel or glass bowl and beater, paddle and dough hook attachments

Food processor:
I recommend at least 12 cup capacity as anything less will prove to be too small for some jobs

Chefs knife
You want a minimum of 8 inches in length. I have had a 10 inch Zwilling J.A. Henckels chef knife since culinary school that is still my favourite. Wüsthof knives are also an excellent option. Make sure the knife feels comfortable in your hand, neither too heavy or too light. Don’t neglect keeping your knives sharp. And, as I learnt from one of my chef instructors, never use a small knife for big jobs. You are more apt to injure yourself that way.

Paring knife (3-4 inches in length)

Wood cutting board at least 2 inches thick. The thicker the better.

Microplane grater. Great for finely grating garlic, ginger and zesting citrus fruit

Large fine sieve for sifting grain and gluten free dry ingredients. Use this strictly for sifting your gluten free dry ingredients.

Nut milk bag
I recommend Ellie’s Best Nut milk bag for its size, durability and effectiveness.

French Rolling pin (wood)
This gives you better control than conventional rolling pins. This is especially important when you’re dealing with GF pastries and dough which are often much trickier to manage

There are a lot different brands and models depending on your area. A little research and a good local kitchenware store will help you find the best tool for your needs.