20 Must Have Kitchen Items For Every Household

It is easy to assume that every kitchen has all the necessary equipment for food preparation.  I’ve been to a number of kitchens and I’ll tell you one thing; there’s nothing frustrating like finding yourself in a kitchen with nothing and yet expected to make magic  job.  Lately,  I’ve been enjoying getting feedback from some of the people that have been trying out recipes on this blog.  As much as I really appreciate the feedback I would like  to make sure that you guys enjoy being in the kitchen and preparing food just as much as I do.   If you don’t have one of the items below, make sure you do.  Having the right equipment can only make the cook more efficient, more confident and yield better results.   Here are some basics you need to have in your kitchen whether you  live in a flat, house, backyard, tent or caravan (I’m now exaggerating)….

 

1.  Hand Whisk – It comes in handy when making sauces, custard, cream, whisking eggs etc.

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2.  Electric Beater –  You are going to need this for making cakes sponges, egg whites, making icing for cakes, …

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3.  Good knives – There’s nothing frustrating like having blunt knives in a kitchen or worse no knives at all.

 

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4.  Wooden Spoons – Wooden spoons are your best friends, you need them for stirring anything and everything.

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5.  Rubber Spatulas – They are perfect for scraping off batter from a bowl.  Definitely a must have in the kitchen.

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6.  Meat Mallet – At times you find yourself butter-flying chicken breasts.  The meat mallet is the kitchen equipment perfect for the job.

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7.  Peeler – A lot of people use knives for peeling, but, have you noticed those cut marks you get on your thumb when you peel with a knife?  A peeler makes your peeling job very easy!

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8.  Sieve – When baking, obviously you want to incorporate air into your baked goods.  A sieve helps with that.  At times you want to sift out the lumps or foreign particles from items such as cocoa powder, castor & icing sugar.   A sieve helps with all of that.  Get the big sieve as well as the small one.

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9.  Blender – A blender is a must have kitchen appliance.  If you want to make your own soups, smoothies then you definitely need to invest in a blender.

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10.  Measuring Cups and Spoons – At times you see a recipe from a magazine, newspaper, blog or a cookbook and want to try it out.  Get measuring cups and spoons and make you sure measure everything accurately as specified on the recipe.

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11.  Rolling Pin – If yourself  or your kids want to make cookies, pizza, quiche, pies etc.  Invest in a rolling pin.

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12.  Paper Towel Holder – Having a paper towel readily available in the kitchen makes life easy.  You need it for drying out hands, draining oil from fried items etc.

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13.  Lighter – The obvious reason for having a lighter in the kitchen would be to light fires for a braai or when there’s load shedding when one needs to use a paraffin lamp. However, I find it very useful.  At times we buy cowheels, umleqwa and you find that there are hair particles on the surface of the meat.  I use this to just burn them.

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14.  Scale – A scale comes in very handy.  Every household needs to have one.  I have one with a 5kg capacity, which means I can weigh items up to 5kg.  If you don’t have a kitchen scale please invest in one you won’t regret it.  Some recipes are written in grams or kilograms.

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16.  Chopping Boards – Bread, fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese etc.  They all need to be chopped.   Available in plastic, bamboo, wood you can go crazy and buy as many as you like!

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17.  Pestle and Mortar – Grind spices or anything else that need grinding or crushing.  See featured image.

 

18.  Ice Cream Scoop – It comes in very handy, for ice cream, meat balls etc.

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19.  Pizza Cutter –  One needs it for cutting dough, fondant icing etc.

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20.  Egg lifter, Soup Ladle, Dishing Spoon, Long Fork – Ever found yourself using a cup to dish up soup?  A palette knife to lift an egg?  Burning your hands because you are using a short fork to stir Phutu?  These will prevent all of that.

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Do you have all of them?  What else do you still to get?

 

Disclaimer:  All the images were sourced from the internet.

 

About Author

Thuli

Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

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