Having the right tools can make all the difference when you cook. Some things can shave off hours from your cooking preps, and others will help with the accuracy of your measurements. Every cook will have their own list of what they see as ‘essential’. Leave a comment with your favourite kitchen items! These are a few of my favourite things…

Measuring Cups and Spoons

You can find these very cheaply. You’ll need them to follow most recipes. Having a few sets can be quite useful, especially if you’re switching between liquids and powders. But do be aware that they differ slightly in size between the US and everywhere else.

Digital Weighing Scales

A lot of recipes give measurements by weight. You want digital ones for accuracy. If a recipe is very precise, like bread recipes, then you’d want to weigh out your liquids too as measuring cups can be imprecise.

Food Processor

A good food processor comes with three parts; a large chopper, a small
chopper and a stick beater. I’ve had this one for more than 10 years and had no problems with it. It’s a God-send when having to mince onion. The stick beater is perfect for blending soup.


I use my spatula for everything. The type of spatula matters. I had one previously which had a wooden handle. After a few goes in the dishwasher the handle began to chip off. Splinters are definitely not something you want to add to your food. You want a silicon spatula so you can use it in a frying pan, and preferably one where the handle and the head are together. Nothing is more annoying than when the head keeps popping off while you’re stirring. I got mine in Lakeland about 3 years ago. I use it almost every day and it still looks band new

Cake Mixer

This doesn’t need to be pricey. While the more expensive ones are better if you’re really into fancy cooking, for everyday cooking a cheaper one will do. It helps if it comes with a stand so that you can leave it to mix while you do something else, and if it can come off the stand then you can use other bowls as well.

Kitchen Scissors

Scissors are so useful in the kitchen. My preference is to use the kind that can pull apart. This means that you can clean thoroughly between the blades and don’t get any nasty build up.

Cooking Spray

A butter spray is one of the handiest things you can have in your kitchen. I use the Lurpack Cooking Mist. It’s one of the few sprays which actually tastes like butter. I use it for roasting vegetables, greasing cake tins and getting baking paper to stick. You can find it in almost any supermarket here.


These clips are from Ikea and are really cheap. They’re really useful for sealing bags of herbs or flour or anything else. We keep a pot of them by the stove for easy access.

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