What are Kitchen Utensils?

The main task that any kitchen is used for is food preparation and you simply cannot do this without having the correct kitchen utensils.  But what exactly are kitchen utensils and how do you make sure you have the right ones for your cooking needs?  Read on for more.

About Kitchen Utensils

A kitchen utensil can be defined as any tool that is used in the process of cooking or making food in the kitchen.  It can be manually or electrically operated depending on what it is for – for example, a standard knife or an electric knife.  Kitchen utensils can be used for preparing food or to hold food and there is a utensil to suit just about any task that you can think of.

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Types of Kitchen Utensils

The category of kitchen utensils contains a huge range of different types of tools and some of the most common include:

  •     Cutlery (knives, forks and spoons)
  •     Knives
  •     Chopping boards
  •     Strainers
  •     Baking dishes
  •     Trays
  •     Colanders
  •     Whisks
  •     Measuring cups and spoons
  •     Slotted spoons
  •     Soup spoons
  •     Serving spoons
  •     Wooden spoons
  •     Peelers
  •     Garlic presses
  •     Graters
  •     Eggbeaters
  •     Electric mixers (handheld and bench)
  •     Spatulas
  •     Saucepans
  •     Frying pans
  •     Skillets
  •     Woks
  •     Grill pans
  •     Cake pans
  •     Muffin tins
  •     Baking trays
  •     Cooling racks
  •     Pie dishes
  •     Rolling pins
  •     Can openers
  •     Kitchen scissors
  •     Timers
  •     Mixing bowls
  •     Corkscrews
  •     Pasta servers
  •     Steamers
  •     Potato ricers
  •     Potato mashers
  •     Tongs
  •     Mandolins/slicers

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Of course, this is not an exhaustive list by any means. There are many more specialised tools that are available from your local kitchen specialist, or even from stores such as department stores, homewares stores, and even the supermarket.

Choosing Kitchen Utensils

When it comes to kitchen utensils, the first thing that you need to do is to evaluate exactly what you will be cooking in your kitchen.  Of course, there are some basic utensils that every kitchen needs such as knives, cutlery and pots and pans but what you cook and how you cook will determine what other utensils that you need.  For example, if you are a keen baker, you’ll need to focus more on things such as measuring cups and spoons, spatulas, baking and cake trays and so forth, while if you are a savoury cook, you’ll need a whole different set of utensils.

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Your budget will also determine what kitchen utensils you buy.  You will find that most are available at all price points, from budget to luxury but you should buy the best that you can afford at the time, as these tend to be better made, with higher quality materials.  This means that they will last for much longer without any deterioration in quality or performance.  Yes, it may hurt the wallet to buy a $200 frying pan that will last forever, for example, but you will save money in the long run as you won’t have to keep buying a new $20 pan every six months.

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