knife on counter with veggies on the left side.
Essentials & Guides Kitchen Tips

The 9 Most Useful Kitchen Tools

Whether you’re a complete newbie in the kitchen or an expert foodie, these 9 most useful kitchen tools are a must.

There are plenty of articles swirling around the interwebs today about the kitchen gadgets you need, but a lot of that advice is junk because all the recommendations are unitaskers.

I’ve been cooking for years and I don’t own any tool that only does one thing. Our kitchen space is limited, so the space is valuable.

I’ve put together this list so you know you’re getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to kitchen tools.


A quality knife is the most important tool that a chef or cook will ever use in the kitchen. You don’t need a large collection of knives that come in a fancy set. Invest in three high-quality knives, and you will be good to go!

Pro-Tip: Always hand-wash your knives!

A Knife Sharpener

With regular use, a knife will become dull regardless of the quality. Dull knives are dangerous, difficult to work with, and really add to the amount of times it takes to prep ingredients for cooking.

Picture of a lemon sliced in hlaf.

Most people think that the honing steel that comes with their knife set sharpens knives, but it doesn’t. It simply realigns the blade so that it’s straight.

It’s an important tool, and you should absolutely hone the blade of your knife every time you use it — but it doesn’t sharpen anything.

To sharpen a knife, you’ll need an actual knife sharpener. It’s recommended to sharpen your knife every 3 months.

Watch this Tasty Tutorial to see how it’s done.

A Mandoline Slicer

A mandoline slicer is an excellent tool for creating paper-thin cuts of fruits or vegetables in literally seconds. There’s a lot of fear surrounding the mandoline, but I don’t think it’s any more dangerous than using a sharp knife. You could use the mandoline to make potato chips, slaws, or even zoodles. Always be sure to use the provided hand guard!


Bench Scraper

My gosh! This is probably my all-time favorite tool, and I don’t even use it for its intended purpose. A bench scraper is exactly what it sounds like: it scraps dough off of a kitchen work bench/cutting board. Bakers use it a lot.

I, however, use it as a food mover — and that’s what I call it. I use it to move food from my cutting board to the stove. I’m not a baker, so what can you do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Typically, you’ll see people use the blade of their knife to pick up food, but that just dulls the knife faster. Use the food mover instead.

Food Processor or Mini Food Chopper

For Christmas one year, I asked for a food processor. Now, you might be thinking that such a request is pretty reasonable for an adult. Well … I was a young teenager in high school.

I was so uncool — but I made amazing pestos, delicious hummus, and even homemade peanut butter — so who was the real winner here? Pretty useful kitchen tool, eh?

If the price for the food processor is a little too much or you just don’t have enough counter space, a mini food chopper is the next best thing.

Basil, parmigiano-reggiano cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, 1 garlic clove, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor with junks of cheese and basil leaves on the counter.

You won’t be able to completely replace the food processor with the mini chop because it’s not as powerful and is smaller but it’s a great tool to have around!

A Spice Grinder

Can I let you in on a little secret? A coffee bean grinder can double as a spice grinder! Just be sure to wash it throughly after each use. You don’t want your coffee to taste like ground cumin. Unless that’s totally your thing. ????

an assortment of 3 spices in bowls.

An Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a blender on a stick. It’s great for smoothies, sauces, soups. It takes up minimal counter and storage space. Plus, it’s just fun to use!

A Salad Spinner

I don’t personally own a salad spinner, but I wish I did! There’s nothing worse than wet and watery salad greens. I would eat salads like Kourtney Kardashian if I had this little gadget.

A Slow Cooker

I know Instant Pots are all the rage right now — but slow cookers deserve a little love and attention, too! You can just throw everything in your Crock-Pot in the morning before work, let it cook all day, and have dinner waiting when you get home. See? The crock-pot deserves our love.

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  1. I don’t have a knife sharpener – I live in a town that is famous for its blades and it is easier to find a professional to sharpen my blades for me. How do you feel about measuring cups – or at least one that you can use to measure ingredients? I use mine more than I use my salad spinner. Though you might have convinced me to get a mandoline.

    1. I think it’s great that you get a professional to sharpen your knives! I’d like to do that sometime.

      Measuring cups can be great tool in the kitchen though I don’t use them very often. I’m a cook (not a baker) who lets the spirit guide her. Haha.

  2. Yesss! A Mandoline slicer is on my must-have list for some time in the next couple of months! Good to know what it’s called 😀

  3. I received a food processor as a gift and ended up giving it away. It was a pain to clean and I always used my smaller one instead. Maybe if I cooked more it would be worth it!

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