Essentials that make your kitchen experience enjoyable (Photo: iStock)

Most people aren’t star chefs in the kitchen. But people who love to cook have kitchens full of interesting gadgets and tools that most people don’t even know exist.

So, whether you’re a professional chef or not, certain kitchen essentials will make all the difference. They will make your cooking experience easier and more enjoyable.

Although this list barely scratches the surface, here are a few items you can start with to up your kitchen game:


Never underestimate the benefits of having good-quality knives. You should have different knives for different purposes, but at the top of your list should be at least one or two chef’s knives.

This knife is unique because it’s designed to handle both light tasks like dicing carrots and heavy tasks like separating meat from bones or cutting through watermelons.


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It also makes chopping more efficient, especially when using a board. 


Have you ever tried getting a can open without a can opener? Hectic right? Then you need a good quality can opener.

With this tool, you will never have to sweat trying to hammer a knife through metallic lids. All you need to do is position it the right way and twist it until it opens.

You should know that it takes time to find a good can opener. Only go for those with the best reviews so you don’t end up wasting your money on something that doesn’t work right.


If you’re someone who loves trying out new recipes, you have to have a measuring cup.

It might be easier to eyeball when it comes to measuring ingredients like spices but with other larger quantity ingredients, it’s more difficult.

Having a measuring cup will help you feel more relaxed when mixing your ingredients because at least you won’t have to guess whether you’re getting the measurements right or not.


Having a mix of tableware that doesn’t match isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but having them can boost confidence when you have guests over.

It’s important to present yourself best, and a set of matching dinnerware, glassware and cutlery can do this. They all don’t even have to be from one brand, just as long as each set matches.


Lastly, you should have a few large pots and pans for when you’re making larger meals. You might have been okay with using smaller cookware because you live alone or have a small family but, a time might come when you need large ones.

To avoid getting caught off guard, have them in your kitchen even if you won’t be using them too often.