list of kitchen utensils

Kitchen Utensil List: 51 Essential Cooking Utensils

From the chef’s knife to the heavy mortar and pestle: We have put together the things you really need for cooking – and sorted out those that you can confidently ban from the kitchen.


kitchen utensils cooking pots

Preferably made of stainless steel and with a metal lid. The sense of glass lids has not yet been revealed to us: They fog up when cooking anyway. And they can also break.

1. Milk pot

2. Medium-sized pot

3. Large pot – with a volume of five to six liters. 


kitchen utensils pans

Definitely with heat-resistant handles for use in the oven!

4. Sautoir pan

5. Roasting pan – better rectangular or oval than round: for duck, etc

6. Coated pan for fish and sticky fried food (diameter: 23–30 cm)

7. Cast iron pan (diameter: 23–30 cm) If you care for it and just rinse it with hot water, it will last forever

8. Small Teflon pan for eggs (e.g. via *)

Cutting Boards

kitchen utensils cutting boards

9. Large wooden board as a base that is big enough to cut various vegetables on it in parallel. 35 x 45 centimeters is a good size, hardwoods such as beech or oak are well suited – the latter is rich in tannin and therefore more hygienic

10. Two smaller boards. One of them is best made of nylon and in a dishwasher-safe format – for garlic, onions, fish etc


kitchen utensils bowls

11. Larger bowl made of melamine, around four liters – with a rubber lip so that it does not slip. 

12. Metal bowl with a small bottom or a beater in which you can whip up sauce hollandaise, for example

13. High bowl (for pureeing)

14. Two to three smaller metal bowls – without silicone applications, because they will eventually become unsightly. 

15. Measuring cup – volume: one liter, divided into 50 milliliter steps


kitchen utensils knives

When it comes to knives, it pays to invest in quality.

16. Chef’s knife. The blade should be long enough that the point can rest on the board while cutting. So you can guide the knife better (blade 20 centimeters+)

17. Bread knife (serrated). If you have a decent bread knife, you don’t need a bread slicer!

18. Steak knife with a blade up to 15 centimeters long

19. Medium-sized kitchen knife – you can use it to cut a kohlrabi just like boning a chicken

20. Paring knife – for peeling and carving vegetables. In contrast to the other knives, the blade can be thin because the resistance when cutting is lower

21. Sharpening steel – because you can only work well with sharp knives

Ladles & Spoons

kitchen utensils ladles spoons

22. Ladle (about 130 milliliters volume)

23. Skimmer

24. Two wooden spoons – whether with or without a hole makes no real difference

25. Wooden spatula – for the coated pan

26. Cooking ladle with silicone head – suitable for both stirring and scraping. And to push the fried egg out of the Teflon pan

27. Angular palette knife – to lift food out of the pan

28. Medium-sized whisk with a spoke length of 20 cm

29. Large whisk – ideally from professional supplies with many thin spokes, approx. 30 cm long. This saves energy and even whipped cream can be whipped by hand so quickly


kitchen utensils sieves

30. Tea strainer

31. Medium-sized sieve – also suitable for farces

32. Pointed sieve – for passing sauces, catching lumps or to make sure that no shell remains come with you when breaking eggs 

33. Colander – to drain pasta or wash lettuce

Grater & Slicer

kitchen utensils grater slicer

34. Vegetable slicer. If you ever need super-thin slices, for example of beetroot, which can be marinated wonderfully

35. Metal grater – a multifunctional basic utensil, be it to grate apples into the muesli in the morning, a potato to thicken the sauce, but of course also cheese or, if necessary, nutmeg

36. Fine grater – laser cut and razor sharp – suitable for everything – from very hard cheese (Parmesan leftovers!) to citrus peel


37. Mortar and Pestle – here size matters. It has to be big and heavy because the weight of the ram does the work. With a 4-kilogram pestle, a pesto made from almonds and basil is created without effort in three minutes. It is best to get it from a pharmacy 

38. Rolling pin – the bigger the better. 35-40 centimeters in length are recommended, this gives an even result when rolling out

39. Two to three brushes – simple wooden brushes with pig bristles that are disposed of when they get mangy

40. Vegetable peeler – whether classic or horseshoe shape makes no difference. Simple models are completely sufficient

41. Parisienne Cutter / Ball cutter – a good universal tool with which you can also cut out apple casings or scrape out the inside of a papaya

42. Large tongs, about 33 centimeters long – an all-round genius: to get pickles from the jar, to turn steaks or to fish good from the deep fryer

43. Piping bag – perfect for portioning

44. Kitchen scissors

Electrical Kitchen Appliances

kitchen utensils kitchen scale

45. Electric kitchen scales (up to 4 kilograms)

46. Hand mixer – with whisk and dough hook


47. Hand blender (can also be part of the hand mixer)


48. Aluminum foil

49. Baking paper

50. Toothpicks

51. Shish kebab skewers

4 things you don't need - and why

Asparagus pot – because you can cook the seasonal vegetables in a large pot as normal

Salad spinner – put the washed lettuce in a clean tea towel, gather at the corners and spin, done

Roulade clamps – always disappear into the depths of the drawers. Roulades can also be stuck with wooden skewers

Pineapple cutter – a knife does it too

Kitchen utensils - from knives to Bowls

A full household also needs an equipped kitchen. This doesn’t just mean the kitchen cupboards and appliances – it is all about the many small utensils for cooking. In individual articles, we go into more detail on the most popular helpers and show you everything that should be part of the basic equipment of a hobby cook.

Pots and pans: Without the necessary cookware, no dishes will succeed on the stove. A set of different sized pots and pans is best suited to be able to adapt them exactly to the dish. When it comes to the question of the materials, opinions differ. Whether stainless steel, non-stick coating or cast aluminum – we have taken a closer look at the individual advantages and disadvantages for you.

Knives and cutting devices: A few sharp knives should be found in every kitchen next to the conventional cutlery. They also require a good base, such as a cutting board. Even the electric cutting devices such as the hand blender or the blender belong in this category and are indispensable for some recipes.

Wooden spoons and kitchen utensils: Everything will burn if you don’t stir it regularly. The wooden spoon can be used universally and is a must in every kitchen. Here, too, there are all materials, from wood to plastic and stainless steel. Ladles, pasta tongs or spatulas are included in this category and are important kitchen aids that almost no one wants to do without.

Cutlery, teapots and plates: the finished dishes must of course also be served on a plate. The table setting including cups, plates and cutlery should be adapted to the number of people in the household. In addition, a good coffee or teapot should not be missing in any kitchen.

We offer you individually researched articles for all of these products. We go into the most important characteristics, the materials and the common designs. What do you have to consider when handling and how important are these kitchen gadgets in everyday life? This mainly applies to electrical devices.

In addition, we give tips on care and show you the most popular manufacturers and their products. Whether WMF, Zwilling, Tupper and Co. – each manufacturer has its own special features and has specialized in one area of kitchen supplies.

At Cuisine Loft you will find:

  • Guide to kitchen utensils
  • Tips for handling and care
  • Special manufacturers and products
  • Alternatives to electrical kitchen appliances
  • Tests and customer opinions

The most famous dishes are the result of simple mistakes in cooking. So keep experimenting and don’t be afraid of new appliances in the kitchen. Maybe you are tired of your old pot set and finally want to cook with high-quality products. But what should you pay attention to when choosing and how good is the price-performance ratio for some products?

We want to answer all of these questions and give you important tips along the way. Perhaps one or the other recipe suits your taste or you meet a kitchen helper whom you have not heard of before.

Our goal: get comprehensive advice

Quality and workmanship play an important role, especially when it comes to kitchen utensils. Anyone who invests a little more money and opts for high-quality products will have them in use for a long time. High-quality damask knives, for example, last a lifetime. But there are also real price-performance winners.

So think about your needs and compare the available devices and utensils with your cooking habits. Perhaps you will find one or the other interesting article with us or get to know completely new products.

With this in mind, we wish you a lot of fun cooking and always tasty dishes.