Common kitchen utensils and their uses

These are the basic cooking and baking utensils that any aspiring baker and cook must have.

Pots: used to cook food and boil liquids on the stove.

Sauce pans: make sauces and contain liquids. Thick bottoms with thick lips are preferable.

Knives: used to chop, cut, carve and fillet food.

Cutting board: used to place food while chopping or cutting to protect the work surface.

Mixing Bowls – Used to put ingredients in while combining.

Baking Dishes – Used to bake puddings and casseroles in the oven.

Frying pan: used to fry food or sauté meats. Heavy bottoms are preferable.

Collander: used to drain water from food. It can be a metal or nylon mesh.

Electric / manual mixer: used to grind and puree food and vegetables.

Food thermometer: to measure the temperature of meat, chocolate, water, etc.

Measuring jug: to measure liquids, it must be heat resistant.

Grater: used to grate ginger, garlic, chocolate, cheese, and citrus peels. Four-sided metallic ones are preferable.

Bain-marie: used for delicate sauces, melting chocolate and, in general, for melting.

Bottle / can opener: to open cans and bottles. It should be well mounted if possible.

Kitchen scales: to measure quantities of food. It must be metric or imperial.

Microwave oven: used to quickly heat or melt frozen foods and sauces.

Mortar: used to grind food and grind spices.

Kitchen timer: for precise adjustments of cooking intervals.

Measuring Cups and Spoons: To measure ingredients accurately.

Spatula: for lifting food from pans and also for discarding food from pots, pans and bowls. It is used to mix ingredients.

Kitchen scissors: for cutting bones and meat.

Brush: to apply liquids such as eggs, oil and sauces on food.

Pastry bag: for pastry cream, frosting, potatoes, etc.

Blender / Blender: Used to finely grind food and vegetables. It is used to make smoothies and shakes.

Grill – Usually comes with the oven, but it can come separately. It is used to grill steaks, chops and sandwiches.

Seive: used to drain sauces.

Ladle: used to fish for soups.

Wire rack: used to hold cakes, cookies, buns, etc. while they cool down.

Spoon: to serve ice cream, potatoes, etc.

Pressure Cooker – Used for cooking casseroles, casseroles, meatballs and basic broths quickly.

Dough cutters: used to cut and shape the dough.

Other kitchen equipments include; freezer, food processor, refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, etc.

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