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  • If youve ever attempted to purchase cookware

    for a new kitchen

  • or simply tried to improve

    the quality of tools in your current kitchen

  • youve probably found that stocking up on high quality

    kitchen essentials is way harder

    than it should be.

  • So how do you decide which cookware is quality, need-to-

    have and which is junk, maybe-nice-to-have?

  • Presenting

    The BEST Minimalist Kitchen Essentials: Cookware,

    Utensils, Equipment, Tools, Appliances & More.

  • 1. Preparation Tools & Essentials

  • Chefs Knife

    For a minimalist, efficient kitchen

    you only need one high-quality knife.

  • Chefs Knife

    Our recommended, premium and budget chefs knives can be found



  • Cutting Board

    Choose an inexpensive, durable, and odor-resistant cutting board that

    will last a long time.

  • Our recommended and premium cutting boards can be found here:

    Cutting Board


  • Can Opener

    Can openers often only do one thing. This can opener is a multi-tool that does five. Perfect

    for a minimalist kitchen.

  • Our recommended can opener can be found here:

    Can Opener


  • Measuring Cups

    For precisely measuring liquid or

    solid ingredients, this stackable and pourable set will last a lifetime.

  • Our recommended measuring cups can be found here:

    Measuring Cups


  • Measuring Spoons

    For precisely measuring small quantities

    of liquid or solid ingredients, this magnetic,

    stackable, and double-

    sided set is a clear winner.

  • Our recommended measuring spoons can be found here:

    Measuring Spoons


  • Mixing Bowls

    For mixing together salad dressings, spice rubs,

    marinades, sauces, or even for storing leftovers, a set of

    high-quality mixing bowls

    is a must.

  • Our recommended mixing bowls can be found here:

    Mixing Bowls


  • Colander

    For draining pasta or washing vegetables and salad

    greens, a well-designed colander is an essential piece for your minimalist kitchen.

  • Our recommended colander can be found here:



  • Vegetable Peeler

    A vegetable peeler isnt a multi-tasking kitchen tool, but this peeler is still an essential because of its ergonomic

    and high-quality design.

  • Our recommended vegetable peeler can be found here:

    Vegetable Peeler


  • Potato Masher

    Most potato mashers are bulky and tough to fit in a drawer.

    Our recommended option is a flip masher that stores easily and is made

    of high-quality stainless steel.

  • Our recommended potato masher can be found here:

    Potato Masher


  • Whisk

    A whisk is one of the most used items in your


    Our recommended whisk is ergonomically designed, dishwasher safe, and high-quality.

  • Our recommended whisk can be found here:



  • Salad SpinnerThe best kitchen

    tool to ensure crisp salad greens, this salad spinner is a

    joy to use and can even be used for storage and


  • Our recommended salad spinner can be found here:

    Salad Spinner


  • GraterThis 7-in-1 grater

    can grate citrus, fine, coarse, ultra-coarse,

    parmesan, shave, slice, and even has a ginger grater. Its a heck of a

    well-built multi-tool!

  • Our recommended grater can be found here:



  • Shears

    These extremely sharp, heavy-duty

    and comfortable shears are perfect

    for cutting up meats & vegetables,

    stripping herbs, and even cutting the stems off of


  • Our recommended shears can be found here:



  • Citrus Juicer

    Juicing citrus fruits is always a mess. This citrus juicer

    gets rid of the mess and includes

    measurements so you know precisely

    how much juice youve squeezed.

  • Our recommended citrus juicer can be found here:

    Citrus Juicer


  • Garlic Press

    A garlic press isnt an essential item, but if you dont like chopping your

    own garlic this

    highly-rated garlic press is a great


  • Our recommended garlic press can be found here:

    Garlic Press


  • Paring Knife

    Though all you need is a high-quality chefs knife, this short-blade paring knife comes in

    handy for small, detailed jobs.

  • Our recommended, premium, and budget paring knives can be found


    Paring Knife


  • Honing Steel

    A honing steel is a must for re-aligning the blade of your

    chefs knife.

  • Our recommended honing steel can be found here:

    Honing Steel


  • Knife Sharpener

    For regular sharpening of your chefs knife, a simple 2-stage sharpener is a must.

  • Our recommended, premium and budget knife sharpeners can be found


    Knife Sharpener


  • 2. Cookware & Bakeware

  • Stainless Steel Skillet

    The stainless steel skillet will be the workhorse of your kitchen.

    Buy once, use for a lifetime.

  • Our recommended and premium stainless steel skillets can be found


    Stainless Steel Skillet


  • Saut Pan

    With a wide flat bottom and high sides, a saut pan is suited especially well for

    sauces, searing & braising meat.


    Saut Pan

    Our recommended and premium saut pans can be found here:


  • Small Saucepan

    For small portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a lightweight

    saucepan is necessary.


    Our recommended and premium small saucepans can be found here:

    Small Saucepan


  • Medium Saucepan

    For medium portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a high-quality

    saucepan is necessary.


    Our recommended and premium medium saucepans can be found here:

    Medium Saucepan


  • Large Pot

    For large portion cooking of soups, stews, pastas, or sauces, a heavy-duty

    pot is necessary.


    Our recommended and premium large pots can be found here:

    Large Pot


  • Cast Iron Skillet

    Cast iron cookware have been used for over 2,000 years. They have great heat retention

    properties and will complement your stainless steel skillet nicely.


    Our recommended cast iron skillet can be found here:

    Cast Iron Skillet


  • Grill PanGrill pans are great for summer dishes that you would

    ordinarily barbecue. With a high-quality cast iron grill pan, however, you can get those nice grill marks on your food

    without leaving the kitchen!


    Our recommended grill pan can be found here:

    Grill Pan


  • Baking Sheet PanUsed for roasting and baking food

    in the oven, a high-quality

    baking sheet pan is an essential

    item for a minimalist



    Our recommended baking sheet pan can be found here:

    Baking Sheet Pan


  • Casserole Dish

    For those lazy times you want to

    throw a one-dish meal into the oven, a fine white

    porcelain casserole dish is a must.


    Our recommended casserole dish can be found here:

    Casserole Dish


  • Broiler PanFor use under the

    high-heat broiler in the oven, this

    sturdy broiler pan wont warp and

    contains grooves and a draining pan to keep your oven



    Our recommended broiler pan can be found here:

    Broiler Pan


  • StockpotThis very large pot (12-quarts) is ideal

    for homemade broth or large portions of soup. It isnt an essential item for a minimalist

    kitchen, but if you are the broth-making type, this is a great buy.


    Our recommended stockpot can be found here:



  • 3. Cooking Tools & Kitchen Utensils

  • Spatula

    A spatula is an essential cooking tool used for mixing, spreading, and turning. Our

    recommended spatula is heat resistant up to 600 degrees fahrenheit and wont melt if you

    leave it against a hot pan!


    Our recommended spatula can be found here:



  • Stirring SpoonThese stirring spoons are extremely high-

    quality. Durable, heat resistant, dishwasher safe, and they wont scratch cookware or pans.

    Highly recommended!


    Our recommended stirring spoon can be found here:

    Stirring Spoon


  • TongsFor easily flipping

    meats and vegetables, a good pair of tongs is a must. This pair

    wont scratch your cookware, wont melt, and can be

    operated with only one hand!


    Our recommended tongs can be found here:



  • Ladle

    A ladle is used for serving liquid dishes like soups, stews, or sauces. This ladle is

    strongly built and wont melt if you leave it against a hot pan. Its a great buy.


    Our recommended ladle can be found here:



  • Oven Mitts

    No more wrapping your hands in a towel when removing dishes from the oven. These oven mitts are dishwasher safe and

    will protect your hands for a lifetime.


    Our recommended oven mitts can be found here:

    Oven Mitts


  • TrivetA trivet is a heat

    resistant pad that you place hot dishes on. Do away with dirty

    cloth trivets, and use these beautiful

    bamboo trivets that will last a



    Our recommended trivet can be found here:



  • Splatter Guard

    Cooking can be messy. With this fine mesh splatter guard youll no longer have to clean up splattering

    grease and oil from your pans. It will fit most pans, is simple to clean, and even has feet so you can set it down after use and keep your countertops clean.


    Our recommended splatter guard can be found here:

    Splatter Guard


  • Thermometer

    A quality meat thermometer is a must if you often cook meats and

    want to stop guessing when theyre done. This top-selling and ultra-fast thermometer is a

    great buy!


    Our recommended thermometer can be found here:



  • 4. Appliances

  • Immersion Blender

    An immersion blender is used to blend or pure food in the

    container its being prepared in. This is a super useful item for blending soups and sauces quickly and

    without any mess.


    Our recommended and premium immersion blenders can be found


    Immersion Blender


  • Kitchen Scale

    For precisely measuring raw food, a

    small & lightweight scale is needed. This small scale measures in US

    and Metric units and is highly incremental so you know exactly how much food you have.


    Our recommended kitchen scale can be found here:

    Kitchen Scale


  • Blender

    If youre a fan of smoothies, sauces, dips,

    or soups, youll likely want a powerful blender instead of

    having to use (and clean) a food processor.


    Our recommended, premium and budget blenders can be found here:



  • 5. Other Kitchen Essentials

  • Storage ContainersHigh-quality food storage containers are essential

    for bringing lunch to work and storing ingredients (or cooked meals) in the refrigerator so

    they stay fresh for days.


    Our recommended and premium food storage containers can be found


    Storage Containers


  • Aluminum Foil

    Aluminum foil is useful for cooking, cleaning, protecting, scrubbing, lifting, steaming, and

    storing. Because its so useful, we recommend stocking up on inexpensive foil.


    Our recommended aluminum foil can be found here:

    Aluminum Foil


  • Parchment Paper

    Parchment paper is used in cooking as a disposable non-stick surface that greatly helps to avoid

    messes in the kitchen. Simply line your casserole dish or baking sheet pan with parchment paper and

    youll be able to clean up in a flash!


    Our recommended parchment paper can be found here:

    Parchment Paper


  • TowelsAfter much searching and testing, we found

    these 100% cotton flour sack towels

    to be the best. Drying dishes, wiping up

    spills, dusting, and regular kitchen

    cleaning are a breeze with these towels!


    Our recommended towels can be found here:



  • Sponges

    These dobie all-purpose pads have just enough scouring ability that you dont need a

    dedicated scouring pad, but work just as well as a delicate sponge does. High-quality across the board.


    Our recommended sponges can be found here:



  • Heavy Sponges

    If our recommended all-purpose sponges arent enough for a heavy job, these heavy-duty

    scrub sponges will be able to scour any tough job you have to do.


    Our recommended heavy sponges can be found here:

    Heavy Sponges


  • Dish RackEven if you have a dishwasher youll still need to

    hand wash some items or to give cookware a quick rinse. This dish rack is a high-quality bargain that

    youll use every day.


    Our recommended and premium dish racks can be found here:

    Dish Rack


  • Ice Cube Tray

    If you think all ice cube trays are the same, youre in for

    a treat. These trays will release entire cubes with a single, simple

    twist. Theyre easy and a joy to use.


    Our recommended and premium ice cube trays can be found here:

    Ice Cube Tray


  • Trash Bags

    Because everyone needs trash bags, you might as well choose the best. Weve got small and large trash bag picks, both

    from Glad.


    Our recommended trash bags can be found here:

    Trash Bags


  • Trash Bins

    Because everyone also needs trash bins,

    you might as well choose the best.

    Weve got small and large trash bin picks,

    both beautifully designed by



    Our recommended trash bins can be found here:

    Trash Bins


  • And thats it! You can now purchase essential

    high-quality, multi-purpose cookware for your minimalist kitchen.

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