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15 Kitchen Supplies No Home Cook Should Live Without

Cooking up a storm lately? These 15 essential kitchen tools and gadgets will upgrade your at-home meals in a big way.

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1

Le Creuset Dutch oven 5.5 QT

Home cooks and professional chefs alike are familiar with the iconic Le Creuset dutch oven. Perfect for slow-cooking, braising, and roasting, thanks to its ability to maintain even and consistent heat.

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2

Riess Enamel Colander

Drain pasta, wash fruit, and elevate your kitchen’s cute factor with this charming and durable enamel colander. 

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3

Scanwood Olive Wood Cooking Spoon Set

Add these handcrafted olive wood spoons to your collection and all the others will become obsolete. We promise you will be grabbing for these beauties every time.

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4

Tapered French Rolling Pin

These french rolling pins are the trifecta – minimal, beautiful, and functional. The America’s Test Kitchen award-winner will roll your pie crust, cookie dough, and soft breads to the perfect width with style and ease.

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5

Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Turn any pan into a non-stick surface with this French baking mat. This silicone mat has stood the test of time with use by the most demanding chefs in the world. Great for rolling out sticky doughs or lining baking sheets for a perfectly baked chocolate cookie.  

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6

Edward Wohl Cutting board

Design enthusiasts will appreciate this flawless Edward Whol cutting board made of attractive bird’s-eye maple. If you’re not looking to drop $120 on a cutting board right now, Etsy has some beautiful hand-made options that are just as functional.

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7

GreenPan Reserve Nonstick Fry Pan

A great alternative to teflon pans, these non-stick GreenPans are coated with ceramic so you can be sure they are free of harmful PFAS and PFOA.

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8

Chef'n FreshForce Citrus Juicer

For use in the kitchen or the bar, this citrus juicer will quickly become a daily staple. It’s more durable than other juicers we’ve tried, and the dual-gear mechanism produces 20% more juice than conventional handheld citrus squeezers.

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9

Nordic Ware Naturals for Sur La Table Big Sheet Pan

This is one no frills item that is sure to pull its weight in your kitchen. Reviewers love it for roasting meat, vegetables, or baking cookies. Bonus points- these pans are easy to clean and come in a variety of sizes.

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10

Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes: A Cookbook

I’m sure you’re already familiar with Alison Roman and her internet-famous recipes like “The Stew” and the famous Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread. If you haven’t yet tried her simple but inspired recipes, now is the perfect time to do yourself a favor and dig-in to this cookbook.

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11

Oven Thermometer

This tiny $7 product can save you so much work and frustration in the kitchen. I’ve had one in every NYC apartment I’ve lived in, and have had ovens that were off by as much as 70 degrees! If you tend to burn or under-cook things, give one of these a try before blaming your baking skills.

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12

All-Clad ® d5 ® Brushed Stainless Steel 4 qt. Soup Pot with Lid

The All-Clad D5 cookware line is known for its superior quality, durability, and cooking performance. While pricey, we think they’re worth every penny. This soup pot is the perfect medium size for soups, sauces, or pasta.

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13

Vitamix Blender

This blender is a chef’s best friend. It’s versatile and easy to use for whipping up soups, smoothies, nut-butters, dressings, sauces, batters, non-dairy milks, and more.

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14

Bread Banneton

If you’re one of the many bread-makers that has emerged in the last few months, consider adding this banneton to your collection. The woven basket creates an attractive coil pattern in dough while it rises and is great for making traditional European-style breads at home. If you’re looking for some traditional recipes to try, we love the Tassajara Bread book.

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15

Traditional Japanese Professional Gyuto Kitchen Chefs Knife

Whether you’re chopping meat or vegetables, every cook knows how important a sharp knife is. Japanese knives are known for their high quality stainless steel, this one has great reviews for a very reasonable price.

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