The right essential kitchen tools can mean the difference between a mangled meal and the kind of food you’re proud to watch your family finish.
That’s why each and every item on this list is something I consider essential. I don’t think you need every fancy gadget to make a wonderful meal and there’s no need in cluttering your cabinets with so much stuff–but you do need the tools that are quality, reliable and right for the task you’re trying to do.
Because you just can’t chop onions with a spoon, here are my favorite, tried-and-Country Contessa true favorites.
This little powerhouse does it all on a small scale. I’ve had this processor for over a decade and it’s never failed to do everything from puree babyfood to make smoothies. I love it!
Vibrox Chef’s Knife
Sure, there are more expensive knives out there but why pay for one when this one does it all? Every cook–busy or not needs a reliable sharp knife. Trust me, it just makes your life easier in so many ways. Keep your fingers out of the way!
The beauty of ceramic cookware is how non-stick it is. Fried eggs literally slide out and these pots and pans take hardly any special care.
An oven-safe classic, a good cast iron skillet does anything you need it too and is the most durable kitchen item you will ever own.
One of the best pots for a tender roast or slow cooked soup. It’s heavy lid and enameled cast iron is unbeatable. You’ll love having this one on hand.
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