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8 Essential Utensils for Your Kitchen

Complete your kitchen with these must-haves


Maximize your kitchen by having the right utensils for cooking. Let this list guide you in choosing the right tools that will help you prepare delicious meals for the family. 

Photos used in this feature by Vincent Coscolluela and Jun Pinzon.

Keep this list in mind:

Wooden spoon

This is a multi-functional tool that can be used in stirring, mixing and serving food. Unlike other metal utensils, wooden spoons are often preferred by many because it's heat-resistant.


A knife is the most basic and essential utensil in any kitchen. Opt for a high quality set that can cut, dice, and slice ingredients. 


Tongs can help you transfer hot food from the pan to your dinner plate. It also helps you flip meat easily, when grilling or frying.

RL Tip: Purchase tongs with silicone ends perfect for non-stick surfaces.


This tool is essential for baking given its flexibility in scooping, scraping and spreading. Spatulas are also suitable for non-stick surfaces.

Measuring cups

Ensure the right amount of your ingredients with the help of these trusty must-haves. 

Chopping board

Whether plastic or wooden, chopping boards protect your countertops from knife scratches. Make sure you invest on a durable piece that can last for a long time.

Mixing bowl

A mixing bowl can help you prepare meals efficiently. Purchase a stainless steel bowl for durable mixing, whipping, separating and storing.

RL Tip: Purchase mixing bowls in vibrant colors such as red or yellow, to liven up your kitchen.

Vegetable Peeler

To save time, use a vegetable peeler when cooking. If you're in a hurry, better to use peelers than manually peel ingredients using a knife. Always work with caution to avoid cuts and unnecessary accidents. 

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