Essential Gadgets & Small Kitchen Appliances List

Here's my essential gadgets and small kitchen appliances list. Do you agree or disagree with what I consider essential?

Essential Gadgets & Small Kitchen Appliances List
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Let me start by saying that I resisted making this list for a long time, despite many of you asking for it, because what you define as "essential" and what I define as "essential" are most likely completely different.

That's because ultimately, what you need to stock your kitchen with small appliances and kitchen gadgets and cookware is so tied to so many things unique to you and your family, including your cooking style, dietary restrictions, size and composition of your family, and more.

So my goal for this list is to help you both think about what you want to keep, when decluttering your kitchen appliances and also what you might want to purchase (perhaps even second hand) if you want to stock a new kitchen, such as if you are starting a new household.

Try To Use As Many Multi-Use Items As Possible

Before I begin my list, I want to stress that I am all about not cluttering your kitchen with useless items, or items that you use, at most, once or twice a year (especially if something else you already have could do the same job, perhaps with just a bit more effort).

The reason is that if you run out and buy an item just because someone said it was "essential" you'll just end up wasting money, taking up precious space in your kitchen, and then having to declutter the item later.

Always critically think if you'll use it

In addition, Alton Brown (of Food Network fame) has said for years, and it has stuck with me, to pass on single use gadgets in favor of something that can be used in many ways. I heartily agree!

Essential Small Kitchen Appliances

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I have skipped, on this list, some of the large kitchen appliances, like the refrigerator and stove. And instead, in this part of the list I'm referring to smaller items, typically that could go on a countertop (but don't have to). I'm also, in this part of this list only referring to electric items, classifying non-electric items as "gadgets" instead.

  • Toaster
  • Slow cooker
  • Mixer (I suggest a hand mixer, and only a stand mixer if you do a lot of baking)
  • Blender (or food processor, not both are essential, but both could be useful)
  • Coffee maker (only if you drink coffee though, obviously!)
  • Microwave

Not Essential But Useful Appliances

Depending on your preferences some of these additional appliances may be useful, although I don't personally consider them essential.

  • Stick or immersion blender
  • Can opener (although I actually prefer a manual one, instead of an electric one)
  • Rice cooker
  • Griddle
  • Pressure cooker
  • Electric kettle
  • Deep fryer
  • Waffle iron
  • Bread machine
  • Pasta maker
  • Juicer

Essential Cooking Equipment & Gadgets

As I explained above, this list contains non-electric kitchen gadgets and cooking equipment. I will be honest and say this list was even harder to decide which were essential and which were merely useful.

Feel free to disagree with my list in this category, you'll know better what is essential for you then I will. But hopefully this will give you food for thought.

  • Mixing bowls (I think 3 nesting bowls is a good number)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups (for both wet and dry ingredients)
  • Knives - essential ones include a chef knife, paring knife and bread knife
  • Knife sharpener
  • Silverware
  • Cutting board
  • Spatula
  • Wooden spoons
  • Strainer or colander
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Can opener (manual type, essential when power goes out!)
  • Peeler
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen scissors
  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Funnel
  • Meat thermometer
  • Pots and pans, including sauce pans, skillets, and stock pot
  • Iron skillet
  • Casserole dishes - 8x8 and 9x13
  • Baking sheets
  • Muffin pan
  • Food storage containers
  • Dish towels
  • Oven mitts and/or potholders
  • Ice cube trays (only if your refrigerator/freezer does not make ice)

Not Essential But Useful Gadgets & Cooking Equipment

  • Rolling pin
  • Cake pan(s)
  • Bread pan
  • Pie pan
  • Cake plate or stand
  • Serving spoons
  • Silicone scraper
  • Ladle
  • Box grater
  • Tea kettle
  • Pizza cutter
  • Potato masher
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Zester
  • Veggie brush
  • Oil brush
  • Timer (although I find myself just using the one on my microwave most of the time myself!)
  • Wok
  • Dutch oven

So what do you think of my list? Did I leave something off completely that should be listed? Did I categorize things in a way you disagree with? Tell me below in the comments!

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