Create healthy meals from scratch with this list of must have kitchen tools. Whether you’re a beginner cook or a master chef, these items will make anyone’s life easier!
Believe it or not, when I first met my husband, I couldn’t even boil water for pasta. He has a really affectionate story he likes to tell people about the time I broke my finger trying to cook him dinner. I’ve also burned down a kitchen, shattered countless pieces of glass cookware, and sliced almost clean through a finger.
And yet…here I am, sharing recipes with you like a pro.
I tell you this not so you won’t trust me with my recipes, but so you will know that if I can cook a good meal for my family, anyone can.
All you need is a little knowledge, some practice, and the right tools.
Today, I wanted to share my must have kitchen tools with you. Whether you’re a beginner or the master chef of your family, these tools will make your life in the kitchen easier and help you provide amazing meals for your family. And, don’t worry. Just like with everything else, I’ll never steer you towards unhealthy options!
Read on for the full list, and be sure to save it to refer back to whenever you’re ready to make another purchase for the kitchen!
Must Have Healthy Kitchen Tools
There are so many nights I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my Instant Pot. Whether I forgot to let meat thaw, started dinner too late, or just need something to cook while I’m running the roads, it always saves the day.
Cook time is reduced, tenderness is maintained, and I don’t have to remember to start dinner right after breakfast (my biggest complaint from a traditional slow cooker).
As much as I love the Instant Pot, I’ll be the first to admit it’s not ideal for everything. Some meals tend to take longer when you account for the time it takes to come to pressure (especially soups and large pieces of meat). But, if you want the perfect chicken, boiled eggs, seafood, or veggies in minutes, the Instant Pot can be your best friend. It’s also perfect for making a pot of bone broth, since the pressure helps it cook so much faster!
Food Processor: Hamilton Beach 12 Cup Food Processor
This is an absolute must, if you ask me. It’s great for food prep days, but it has so many other uses, too!
We use our food processor to make things like pasta sauce, salsa, cheesecake, granola, and pretty much anything that either needs to be blended together or chopped to a fine consistency!
Immersion Blender: KitchenAid 2 Speed Hand Blender
I tried for so long to avoid buying an immersion blender, because I really just don’t like gadgets. The thing that finally did me in was trying to transfer part of my baked potato soup to a blender and then transfer it back.
Talk about a huge mess. The next day, I was on Amazon looking at immersion blenders, and I haven’t looked back since. This thing is so useful for so many dishes!
I absolutely love it for soups and salad dressings, because it helps you get a creamy consistency with very little effort. It’s also a must if you like bulletproof coffee or want to make your own mayo!
An immersion blender is compact enough to fit in a kitchen drawer, and makes cleanup a breeze since you don’t have all those blender parts to wash!
Cast Iron Cookware: Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Cook Set
We use our cast iron cookware literally every day. It’s a major kitchen staple in our house. I highly recommend at the very least investing in a good sized skillet and a dutch oven for your own kitchen, if you can’t buy a huge set to start.
Cast iron is great for searing, frying, and sautéing food, and our dutch oven is a must for those one-pot meals.
I really love that I can transfer food from the stovetop to the oven in the same skillet. Plus, we don’t have to store a ton of camp cookware anymore, because we just grab these to take on camping trips, too!
I love my bamboo utensils. I used to have a huge collection of plastic utensils, but over time, I started noticing they were bubbling and melting. It made me realize that we were probably ingesting plastic with our spaghetti sauce, which isn’t something anyone wants.
We swapped to bamboo and haven’t looked back in years. Not only is there no risk of plastic in my food, but they work incredibly well on cast iron, and they’re naturally non-stick, which makes cleanup so much easier.
I’m normally a black coffee drinker, but every now and then, I want a special, frothy coffee drink as a treat. I love having my own milk frother, because I can make my own, foamy coffee drinks at home! That’s right. No more having to leave the house and spend extra money just for coffee.
In just a few minutes, you can have warm, frothed milk that gives you the perfect latte or cappuccino.
I held off buying a Keurig for years because I couldn’t bear to consider how much waste I’d be creating with their pods. But, last year I was gifted one, which meant I promptly had to research ways to use it without all the plastic.
It turns out, I actually really love having a single serve coffee machine that takes almost no time at all in the morning. As much as I’ve always loved my french press, I used to get really ragey first thing in the morning waiting for that first cup. Now, I have a perfect cup in minutes!
To cut down on waste, I primarily either use a re-usable filter with ground coffee, or I buy these biodegradable pods.
A Good Set of Knives
If I’ve learned one thing over the years, it’s that a good set of knives is essential to any kitchen. Not only do dull knives create more work and take more effort on your part, but they also make accidents far more likely.
We’ve had our set for 10+ years, so trust me. A good set will hold up for a long time and be well worth the investment!
Homemade beef jerky, fruit and veggie chips, roll ups, and more are possible with this bad boy. We have so much fun experimenting with different recipes for dehydrating food!
Making our own lets us get creative, save money, and know exactly what’s in our snacks. Yes, please.
Anyone else a huge tea drinker? My whole family loves tea (my husband so much that he actually kicked coffee to the curb. I know. Blasphemy).
Anyway, we love having an electric tea kettle to heat our water. It’s so much faster than stove top, and shuts off on it’s own when it comes to a boil. As someone who has definitely left the kettle on the stove too long, I really love that feature!
This one is such small investment that it’s really a no-brainer. For just a few bucks, it makes juicing lemons, limes, and small oranges so much easier. I don’t have a suggestion on what brand to use, but I think mine is from Walmart!
I love-love-love my Stasher bags. They have an airtight seal that keeps food fresher longer, they’re great for taking food to go, and they make a great eco-friendly swap for single-use plastic bags. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe.
Basically, you can’t go wrong with these bags. We got our first set from MightyNest, and have slowly been adding to our collection ever since.
We got our butcher block cutting boards as a wedding gift (over 10 years ago) and still use them almost daily. They’re eco-friendly, reversible, easy to maintain, and last a long time.
I’ve gone through so many plastic cutting boards (which we keep around for raw meat) in the time I’ve had my butcher blocks. They really do last forever!
Dutch Oven: Lodge 5 Qt Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Perfect for stove top or oven cooking, a good, sturdy dutch oven is a must. Ours is a Lodge Cast Iron dutch oven, and it gets used on a regular basis.
It’s great for soups and stews, one pot dishes, and things like roasts that you want to sear on the stove and then cook in the oven.
Yet another wedding gift that’s gotten more use than we ever imagined is our Corningware dish set. These casserole dishes are perfect useful for so much more than just a lasagna.
We use ours for various dinner casseroles (like this cauliflower ham bake), but we also use them for breakfast casseroles and desserts as well! Plus, I love the plastic lids that seal for left-overs and traveling. They’re so convenient!
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These Kitchen Tools are a Must for Your Natural Home
Whether you’re the master chef of your family or just getting started cooking from scratch, these must have kitchen tools will make your life easier!
Be sure to save this list, so you can refer back any time you’re ready to add something new to your kitchen!