50 Essentials for a Well-Stocked Kitchen

A well-stocked kitchen is a thing of beauty! Outfitting your kitchen with all the tools you need can be a daunting task, especially if you’re a novice cook.

I’ve compiled a list of 50 kitchen essentials to help get you started. Not everyone will need everything on this list, but the goal is to get you thinking about those items you must have, those you want and those that are splurges.

I’ve organized my list into five categories — Knives, Cookware, Baking, Appliances and Tools. Buy the items you’ll use frequently to cook your daily meals first then purchase others as you need them. Don’t feel like you have to shell out big bucks for expensive items. Buy what you can afford and go from there.


1. Chef’s Knife
2. Boning/Filet Knife
3. Serrated/Bread Knife
4. Paring Knife
5. Slicer

6. Small Skillet/Sauté Pan (6-8 inches)
7. Large Skillet/Sauté Pan (10-12 inches)
8. Saucepans with lids – varying sizes
9. Stock pot or Dutch oven
10. Grill Pan
11. Roasting Pan

12. 2 8 or 9-inch round cake pans
13. 8 or 9-inch square cake pan
14. 13 x 9 x 2 baking dish
15. 8 or 9-inch square baking dish
16. Bundt Pan
17. Baking Sheets/Sheet Trays
18. Loaf Pan
19. Muffin tin (standard and mini)
20. Pie Pan
21. Wire cooling racks

22. Blender
23. Bread Machine
24. Can opener
25. Slow Cooker
26. Food processor
27. Ice Cream Maker
28. Mixer (Hand or Stand)
29. Toaster
30. Waffle Iron

31. Box grater
32. Citrus reamer/Juicer
33. Colander
34. Corkscrew
35. Cutting boards
36. Kitchen Shears
37. Ladle
38. Measuring cups/spoons
39. Meat Thermometer
40. Microplane Grater
41. Mixing bowls
42. Pastry brush
43. Rolling Pin
44. Scale
45. Spoons (Large, Slotted, Wooden)
46. Spatulas
47. Strainer
48. Tongs
40. Vegetable Peeler
50. Whisk

Check out my list of 50 Essentials for a Well-Stocked Kitchen ! How many do you have?

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1 Comment

  1. This is a great list of items to include in the kitchen. I’ve had a few times where I was making something for dinner only to find that I didn’t have the right tool ready for measuring! It can be daunting, but, like you said, this is a good place to start getting ideas.

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