When Jerome and I first got married I remember our kitchen being a hodgepodge of kitchen tools we each had collected during our college years. It literally wasn’t until we moved into our recent home that I started to purge the randomness and start caring about the kitchen tool essentials we purchased. There’s something about having to pack and then unpack things that make absolutely no sense and aren’t in the best of shape. So at the beginning of the year I made a vow to get this house organized and running more efficiently. The kitchen was first on my list. With there being so many items needed to stock a kitchen, I’ve created a FREE Kitchen Tool Essentials Checklist to help guide you along.

While I still have a ton of work to do, I’ve made huge progress. I’m committed to collecting only quality kitchen tool essentials. In all of my purging and organizing, I thought it would be fun to share with you some essentials that everyone needs. If you’re just starting out, this will save you tons of money! Trust me on this one girl. I’ve gone the extra cheap route and have had melted oven mitts while using them and baking sheets burn to the point of no return. If you take your time and invest in good quality kitchen essentials, you shouldn’t have to worry about replacing them so often.


I can literally hear my grandmother right now as she would say every home needs a good china set. I remember thinking how old fashioned that was and so unnecessarily extra.  While I don’t think you absolutely have to run out and purchase china and serveware like your grandmother’s set, I do think it’s necessary to invest in good quality serveware and serving dishes. I learned this lesson just this year after hosting my first thanksgiving and having to scramble to the store to purchase serveware. If you purchase a little at a time, you’ll acquire a quality collection and not have to scramble like I did.


Bakeware doesn’t have to mean just cookie sheets and cake pans. It’s the mixing bowls, measuring spoons, spatulas….etc. For my bakeware I love stainless steel. Or glass. I’ve had plastic and while I’m not completely against it, I highly recommended going with the latter. Stainless steal and glass doesn’t stain or hold odors like plastic. So if you can, swap out your plastic for the metal or glass. They both also stand the test of time.


Small appliances are like the workhorses of your kitchen. You really never know how much you need that blender, until you need that blender. And this is where investing in your kitchen can really add up but is worth every penny. While I really liked my ninja bullet, I relied on it for everything and it didn’t make it past six months. I’ll take full blame for that though. Instead of investing in the appliances I needed I overused and abused it.


If you’re engaged, my biggest piece of advice is to put quality cookware on your registry. Your family and friends are excited to help you start your lives together. So don’t shy away from adding quality cookware. Le Creuset, All-Clad, and Calphalon are all amazing brands you should own. We went pretty basic on our registry and 7 years later, our cookware has run its course.

The list for kitchen tools is one that could literally go on and on. Every kitchen should be equipped with the basics like can openers, slotted spoons and the like. My kitchen tool essentials checklist will help you keep track as you stock your kitchen with everything you need for a cook’s kitchen!

Until next time,

Kitchen Tool Essential Checklist

March 10, 2019

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