Kitchen Tools and Equipment

My dear Minette

Minette by the pool

Selecting goods for your first little nest is so exciting! All the kitchen tools and equipment will be your own.

Go window shopping with a friend, take pictures of what you need and then sit at the coffee shop, discussing your options. It is an exciting experience, and a wise way to make sure you get what you want.

Be Wise

Go on a recce run first, my love. Take photos of goods at different shops, look them over at home, and make sure they will fit. Decide together, make your selection and list of what where to buy. This way you will get what you want and don’t waste money or time.

Here is a tip, it is wise to select good quality utensils. If the quality is not good, after a few times of using it, the plating of stainless steel will peel off and it becomes toxic. On the crockery, you can save money but please do not on the utensils and pots.

All needed for your new kitchen, Cutlery Crockery Utensils and Food are listed in this letter, my love. You will find a list of what you will need.

Big dreams and having great visions for your little place are part of the joy. How are you going to feather it, and what will your lifestyle be?

Thinking about your daily life, you are going to cook the most scrumptious meal in the best pots your money can buy, and bake the best cookies and cakes in the brand new tins. The smell will be divine!


Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Spices in little boxes used in cooking.

What are girls made of …. sugar and spice and all things nice says the little rhyme.


Lots of planning to do my love, first of all, let’s get going with cutlery and more for your new home. I will start at the beginning, pretending you know nothing about cutlery and the rest needed in your kitchen. We are going to set you up to develop your cooking skills, and best of all, to have fun.

You can make cooking an exciting part of your life, it is a form of art. Be creative and simultaneously, experiment with different recipes. I am sure you have inherited the love for cooking from Mom and will become an impromptu cook too. It runs in the family.

Nobody expects you to cook exotic dishes, but in contrast, they want to enjoy a simple cooked meal. It is the conversation, goodwill and togetherness over good food and a glass of fine wine that counts the most.


Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Utensils and Appliances

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. A Chef's knife and onions.

  • Three good quality sharp knives.

  •   A chef’s knife, a paring knife for vegetables and a serrated bread knife.

  • Big mixing bowls two

  • Smaller mixing bowls two

 Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Paring knife with different vegetables on a wooden board.

  • Cutting board for cutting and chopping vegetables, use one side for veggies and the underside for cutting meat. What cutting board will I get? A synthetic set comes to mind but is, evidently, not a good choice. Why will you ask?

  • The surface tends to get cut marks damaging the surface, as a result,  it discolours and it gets toxic over time. A cutting board made of wood is more hygienic and easy to clean. Scrubbing it with half a lemon dipped in salt and bicarb of soda gets it germ-free, and more so, as good as new. You can even use sandpaper to smooth it out,

  • Sift

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Grater. the boxy type is perfect and has 4 or more different options to use. On the other hand, lemon zest and nutmeg use a smaller handheld grater for best results.

  • Potato peeler

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Two cast iron pans

  • 2 Non-stick or cast iron saucepans one big and one smaller one. Cast iron pots are also very durable and will last you a lifetime.

  • Toaster

  • Kettle

  •  Cooking Pots

  • Set of wooden spoons. In my opinion, one set is not enough, more so, a bunch of different sizes is great. Try and find handmade ones at farm stalls because they are much stronger and of a better kind of wood.

  • Spoons for dishing up 3


Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Cutlery Pottery Appliances

 Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Crockery cutlery cups and glasses, utensils pots and pans

  • Set of Utensils

  • Cutlery for 6

  • Steak knives 6. Steak knives are essential when having steaks on the plate. There is a choice between a smooth blade or a serrated one. A smooth blade has, in contrast, the advantage of getting sharpened down the line.

  • Placemats and napkins

Kitchen Tools and Equipment . A Bread knife and sliced bread on a wooden bread cutting board.

  • Breadboard and knife

  • Food processor

  • Baking trays and pans, a variety, of cakes, cupcakes, flat trays etc.

  • Stand Food Mixer

  • Washing machine

    Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Steam iron and ironing board

  • Steam iron and ironing board … but a better idea is to get a

  • Portable Clothes dryer, steaming the clothes on a hanger.

  • Dishcloths, scouring sponges and scouring pad

  • Dustbin



  • 6 Plates, small plates and bowls each

  • Glasses 6 Wine and 6 other glasses

  • Mugs 6 for tea or coffee

  • Sugar bowl

  • Small milk jug

  • Salad bowl or plates

  • 4 Dishing-up food bowls

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Glass-vase-with-tulips-

  • 1 Flower Vase

  • 1 Glass jug for water

  • Tea Tray

  • Tablecloth and 6 napkins

The basics of Cutlery Crockery and Utensils are done,  so, now we can give attention to the food needed.

Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Essential Foods

  • Coffee and tea for when I visit.

  • Sugar

  • Milk

  • Bread

  • Butter or Margarine

  • Jam

  • Breakfast cereal

  • Cheese

  • Vegetables, tomato, onion, lettuce, potato, carrots etc. Make your selection from the vitamin and mineral lists. Select to have a balanced meal every time.

  • Fruit, banana, oranges in season, apples, grapes etc.

  • Olive oil or coconut oil, never Canola oil, rather use lard.

  • Eggs

  • Meat

  • Brown rice

  • Pasta

  • Packets of soup powder, mostly to thicken the gravy for when you are in a hurry, [reducing gives you better quality and tastier gravy.] This soup powder mix tends to taste too salty and extract.

  • Make your mix with two or more different kinds of soup powder, cornflour and Bisto-sauce powder. Remember to add the cornflour to minimise the salty taste, for that reason do the tongue tippy test.

  • Cake Flour or self-raising flour

  • Vanilla essence

  • Baking soda or baking powder

  • Spices and

  • Herbs

  • Juice, select juices with no sugar added.

  • Mayonnaise

  • Vinegar

  • Bicarbonate of soda

  • Washing liquid for dishes

  • Powdered soap for linen and clothes

Dry Herbs and Spices


  • Cumin

  • Turmeric

  • Ginger

  • Chicken spice

  • BBQ spice

  • Cinnamon

Dry Herbs:

 Cutlery Crockery Utensils and Food needed to cut cook herbs in food.

  • Rosemary

  • Thyme

  • Parsley

  • Oregano

  • Italian mixed

  • Cilantro


Kitchen Tools and Equipment

Containers on the shelf

  •  Bread bin

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Sugar

  • Spice rack

Now, what are you going to do with all this stuff my dear?

Remember you have Mr Google to help with recipes.


Healthy Food Sources

Your health is number one on the list, my dear. When buying food, stock up on fresh and natural foods. Avoid processed foods in tins and packets, because, the preserving chemicals in the products are harmful to your body over a long period.

A Balanced Diet is very Important

Healthy Foods

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. A selection of fresh vegetables.,

Eat as many different colours of fresh vegetables as you can, therefore, select to have the rainbow on your plate. Know the value of foods.

A list of healthy foods to choose from.



All green vegetables such as green beans, lettuce, spinach, Kyle, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, and green peas are evidently, called ‘greens’ too.

Beetroot, eggplant

Sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots

Brown rice, barley, oats

Tomatoes, chilli’s

Green, red and yellow peppers

Garlic and onions, leeks, spring onions.

Asparagus and mushrooms






Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Bowl-of-fresh-fruit-on-display- bananas, grapes green and black, peaches, orange






Make use of this list when you plan your menus, and as a result, you will have a well-balanced meal.



These are the basics, start planning and setting up your new kitchen. Have a look on Google and you will see a great selection online, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. It is the core of every household to have what you need my love.

Always ask this question before buying a kitchen gadget, my dear: “Does the kitchen needs it, furthermore what will the purpose be and where will I store it?”

Have fun whenever you are busy in the kitchen.

Our family have a joke about cooking and the curiosity of a little girl.

A young girl asked granny while she is busy in the kitchen, “What did you do when you were young Gran?”

Granny said, “We cooked!”

That was not the answer that the little girl expected and ask gran again, “I mean what did you do for fun?”

Gran looked at her, pulled up her shoulders and eventually said, “We baked!”

Kitchen Tools and Equipment. Strawberry cream cake. baked for fun.

Happy cooking and best of all, have fun baking!

Until the next time, take care and be safe.

Gran Stella



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2 Comments on “Kitchen Tools and Equipment”

  1. Wow the and more was great!

    Thanks for all the info LOL I am terrible with home organization and my mate is a chef and I am an avid amateur cooker lol

    Having the right basic equipment is so important. It also is something that young people need to grow into. I know my ex-mother in law had every gadget and kitchen tool immediately when it came out because she could not because she needed them. lol Most of them ended up unused in the box at goodwill when she passed. Only saying that as the young uns need to watch their money lol

    Keep the advice coming
    onward n upward

    1. Very true Captain, there are basics you have to have … it is the nice to haves that is the problem.
      It is so easy to get hooked and just want them all, best way is to get a pair of blinkers … lol
      Cooking is an interest you can develop if you want to, if not enjoy the fruit of someone else’s interest!
      Thanx for dropping by Dennis.

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