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10 Kitchen Essentials That You Might Not, but Should Have in Your Kitchen

Abby Slutsky owns a bakery business and has been preparing desserts and breads for decades.

Even if, you not the finest of cooks, certain items are essential for your kitchen. However, this list may also be helpful for those who love to cook because sometimes fancier does not get the job done. Here is my list of kitchen essential that I would not want to be without. Keep in mind that some of these items are useful to help your cooking and others are items that you will want because they save space or are convenient.

1. Hand Can Opener

You may think it is ridiculous to put this one on the list because everyone has one; however, many people opt for an electric can opener. Having been in the position to lose my electricity for several days at a time, I can tell you that a hand can opener is an essential you do not want to be without. Even better, it does not hog counter space and can be conveniently tucked into a drawer.

2. Silicone Pastry Brush

These little basting brushes come in various sizes. Choosing a silicone one will allow you to brush food with sauce, butter, egg, and other marinades without worrying about little hairs shedding on it. Mine also wash beautifully.

3. Jar Gripper

These inexpensive items are really ingenious. I have used mine for years, and it was actually a free giveaway at a food show. However, I have to admit that if you can’t find one and happen to workout with loop bands, they will work the same way in a pinch to help you grip your jar.

4. Kitchen Scale

The accuracy of a kitchen scale just cannot be matched with a cup. This is because the weight of dry ingredients varies.

You can use strainers for pasta, vegetables, sifting, and other purposes. Special thanks to Katerina Holmes from Pexels for your lovely photo.

You can use strainers for pasta, vegetables, sifting, and other purposes. Special thanks to Katerina Holmes from Pexels for your lovely photo.

5. Strainer

This is really a multi-functional item as I use mine to rinse lettuce and berries, sift flour, and strain pasta.

6. Reusable Keurig Cups

Not only do these cups save you money if you use them in lieu of individual coffee pods, you can also use them to make other items in your coffee maker. Try filling one with loose tea. Put a mini muffin paper or a piece of paper towel in the bottom to make cleaning these little treasures a breeze.

Jazz up ice cubes for a party with edible flowers, herbs, citrus fruit and other embellishments. With little effort, your drinks will look special. A note of thanks to   cottonbro from Pexels for your lovely photo.

Jazz up ice cubes for a party with edible flowers, herbs, citrus fruit and other embellishments. With little effort, your drinks will look special. A note of thanks to cottonbro from Pexels for your lovely photo.

7. Ice Cube Trays

You probably have an ice maker in your refrigerator, so you may be wondering why you would want ice cube trays. These are perfect for making frozen bouillon cubes or creating fancy ice cubes by freezing water around mint or lemon. They add a festive touch to a party without a lot of work. Best of all, if your ice maker happens to break, you won’t be stuck buying bags of ice which can take up a lot of room in your freezer.

8. Razer Blade

Believe it or not, a straight edge razer blade is an essential in my kitchen (and not for shaving). Have you ever had splatters of burnt debris on the glass door of your oven? Gently scrape the debris off the oven with the razer blade. If desired, spray some hot water on the debris to loosen it slightly. You will be amazed at how effectively this little and expensive tool can help make the glass on your oven look clean. It is also terrific for scraping dried debris from your refrigerator or freezer shelves. It is easy to find these at hardware or paint stores.

9. First-Aid Kit

Most people keep bandages and antibiotic ointment are an essential for any kitchen. Commercial kitchens almost always have them, but home cooks are more likely to store these items in a bathroom medicine cabinet. Given the sharp knives and other dangerous items in a kitchen, it is convenient to have these items readily available, so you do not have to search for them if you need them.

10. Canister Style Utensil Holder

No matter the size of your kitchen, drawer and cabinet space is probably at a premium. A canister style utensil holder allows you to keep large utensils that may hog drawer space out of your drawers. Best of all, you can position it near your stove, so spatulas, soup ladles, and other necessary utensils are within easy reach. You can find these fabulous space savers at discount stores.



Comments

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 21, 2021:

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 21, 2021:

Thanks so much for reading.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 21, 2021:

Thanks so uch for reading.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 20, 2021:

Yes Abby you are right the kitchen essentials you have mentioned would mostly not be found in every kitchen but they can be life savers at times. Thanks for sharing this useful article.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 20, 2021:

Nice article highlighting some things that are common but essential

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 20, 2021:

We have most of those items, and since we still have to boil water after the frigid winter storm that hit Texas, we are filling our ice cube trays with boiled and cooled water so that we can enjoy ice cubes. This is a good list, Abby.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 20, 2021:

Thanks for reading.

Liza from USA on February 20, 2021:

This is an impressive list of kitchen essentials. The only item I don't have from the list is the jar gripper.

Abby Slutsky (author) from America on February 19, 2021:

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your input.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 19, 2021:

I have most of these items, but I need to buy some ice trays. This is a good article about essential elements that function well in the kitchen, Abby. Thanks for sharing this information.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 18, 2021:

This is a really good list. There are a few off those items that I don't have. I hate electric and battery operated can openers. I prefer the hand held ones as they work on all types of can.