Want to know what all my kitchen essentials are? Here is a list of my go-to kitchen products that I’m obsessed with and think you’ll love as well! I tend to research quite a bit before I make a decision so I hope this helps!
- Blender — I’ve been using my Vitamix since around 2017 and it’s still going strong! I love it so much and use it to make smoothies, soups, salad dressings, and more! For more quick uses or for when I want to blend up a protein shake to-go, I’ll use H’s Starfrit blender I got at Walmart.
- Food Processor — I’ve used this 3.5 cup one for years and in 2020, I graduated to the 7 cup version. I love using it for hummus, dips, dressings, shredding cheese, and more!
- Stand Mixer — I have the Kitchenaid Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer. I apparently have a lot of Kitchenaid in my kitchen! I’ve been using this mixer since 2019 and it’s helped me make a ton of cookies, breads, shred chicken, and more!
- Rice Cooker — I use my rice cooker almost every single day. I love it so much that I even wrote a whole review on it! Spoiler: I think it’s worth every penny.
- Instant Pot — I’m sure by now, you know just how much I love my Instant Pot based on all the pressure cooker recipes I share on my blog! I use my Instant Pot quite often as it’s great for basic meal prep recipes such as shredded chicken.
- Air Fryer — For years I’ve used the Philips XXL air fryer but as of 2023, I switched over to the 5.8QT Cosori Air Fryer. I love the larger, more square shaped basket which means I can fit a bit more into it.
- Slow Cooker — I have a super basic and older slow cooker that I’m pretty sure they don’t make anymore. This seems to be the most recent model. I personally prefer to have both an Instant Pot and slow cooker so I can prep a few different things at once. I’ve never used the Instant Pot’s slow cooker setting to its fullest potential so I can’t really compare the two.
- Immersion Blender — I was using this Kitchenaid one, but a couple of years ago I switched to this Vitamix one. It has a blade guard so there’s less risk of accidentally scratching my pots as I blend away.
- Dutch Ovens — I am a suckerrrrr for a good Dutch oven. I have so many that I’ve run out of space for them! I have a Staub 5.5 QT and 3.5 QT braiser for standard recipe development and this large 7 QT one for huge portions of soups and stews! I also have an adorable pink Le Creuset 4.2 L and another 5.5 L round Dutch oven.
- Non-Stick Pans — I have a bunch from Ballarini but I also love the Masterchef brand you find at Homesense/HomeGoods.
- Cast Iron Skillet — I have a Staub cast iron skillet and also one from Lodge that I don’t mind placing on our grill.
- Stainless Steel Pan — I have some from Zwilling that I love.
Cooking and Prep Tools
- Knives — I have this 8″ chef’s knife from Henckels and my very first and favorite one was from Victorinox. It’s still in my drawer as a keepsake. I highly recommend that you get a good feel of a knife before buying one of my recommendations. You want it to feel good in your hands, and the handle and size of the knives I like might not be the same as how it feels in yours.
- Cutting Boards — I have a large end grain wood cutting board from Larch Wood Canada. I also have a plastic one that I use for raw meat as it’s easier to sanitize.
- Wooden Spoons — Wooden spoons, spatulas, and chopsticks are a must in my kitchen to avoid scratching my cast iron. I get them randomly in Homesense or from when I was in Japan and Korea.
- Silicone Spatulas — Again, to avoid scratching my things, I have a ton of silicone spatulas. (Again, from Homesense).
- Meat Thermometer — This is my go-to meat thermometer for making sure that the internal temperature of my meat is good to go. It’s also magnetic so I have it on my fridge door to save drawer space!
- Tongs — I have these Staub tongs I picked up on sale, but I also love these OXO ones.
- Salad Spinner — While putting lettuce in a strainer is fine when I have the time, the salad spinner saves me so much time.
- Meal Prep Containers — I love the ones from Ikea as well as the Glasslock ones. I also have plastic ones that I like to use for the freezer. I’ve dropped a frozen glass one once and I don’t want to repeat the cleaning up process again.
- Jars — I love mason jars and I’m obsessed with Weck jars.
- Sheet Pans — I have some William Sonoma sheet pans, but I also love these Nordic Ware ones. I have their standard sheet pans, half sheet pans, and quarter sheet pans. The ones that I feel like I use the most are the 1/8 sheet pans. I use them to make my cheung fun recipe but also to hold frozen things thawing in the fridge, food prep, and I even use it to bottom water my plants haha.
- Measuring Spoons & Cups — I have so many that I can’t keep count! I always buy them from Homesense. I love measuring cups in all kinds of fun shapes and I love measuring spoons that are narrow enough to fit into a spice jar.
- Souper Cubes — If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, then you know I love Souper Cubes. I use them to freeze leftovers and I also use them to freeze shredded chicken for my dog.
- Storage Bags — For portioning out the raw meat I buy in bulk at Costco, I like to use Ziploc bags. I have them in the gallon size and I love the quart size as it perfectly fits 1 pound of ground meat. For cooked food, I like to use Stasher bags.
- Soap — I’m a Dawn girlie. I love my Dawn Powerwash and my Dawn dish soap doubles as a clothing stash remover haha. Recently, I got these squeeze bottles and I’m obsessed. It’s so much easier to use. I love my Cascade dishwasher pods that I buy in bulk at Costco.
- Scale — I don’t need anything fancy and have used this Amazon basic food scale for years to measure my ingredients.
- Food Saver — This one is mostly for H as he loves his Food Saver for dry aging steaks.
Coffees and Teas
- Coffee Machine — I had an Instant Pot coffee maker for years before it broke, and we switched it out with the Nespresso machine that H was using in his office.
- Matcha bowl (chawan) — You can use any bowl to whisk matcha in! Just make sure it has high walls so you can whisk the matcha without it spilling out. A spout is great as well, as it’ll make pouring the matcha easier. I have this beautiful ceramic bowl from ceramic artist Yutaka Ono and two from Pepper Stone Ceramics.
- Bamboo whisk (chasen) and whisk stand — A whisk is essential for matcha as it will whisk out the clumps and make the matcha frothy. If you do not have a bamboo whisk, you can use a small kitchen whisk or an electric whisk for frothing milk. If that’s still not an option, you can always add the matcha to a mason jar with the water and shake vigorously. The bamboo whisk should be soaked in warm water for a few minutes before using it to help to soften up the bristles to prevent them from breaking when you use it. The whisk stand is there to help the bamboo whisk retain its shape as it dries. The whisk can become moldy or crack if not dried properly.
- Tea sifter — You’ll need a tea sifter (or any small sifter) to help remove any clumps from the matcha powder.
- Bamboo tea scoop or ladle — or a measuring spoon of sorts. You’ll need it to scoop the matcha and to push it through the sifter.
- French Press — H has this one from Bodum that he likes.
- Moka Pot — H has this moka pot that he loves.
- Coffee Grinder — We got this coffee grinder as a set with the French press. I use it for my cold brews and when I need to quickly grind something like my hojicha leaves to bake into cookies.
- Milk Frother — I love my Smeg milk frother. It makes the most thick and creamy foam and it also heats up my milk wonderfully. I had the Bodum one for a while but did not like how the milk burnt on the bottom. The Smeg does not have this issue at all. Clean up is a breeze. I also have this simple handheld milk frother that does the job in a pinch.
- Kettle — I’ve been eyeing this kettle for 2 years before I finally took the plunge and purchased it and I LOVE it so much. I love how you can set the temperature and holds the temperature for an hour so I can go back for a refill on my tea without having to wait for a kettle to boil again.