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31 Different Types of Kitchen Utensils (with Names, Uses and Photos)

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Quicklist: Types of Kitchen Utensils

  1. Standard Kitchen Spoon
  2. Soup Ladle
  3. Pasta Ladle
  4. Ice Cream Scooper
  5. Spatula
  6. Basic Kitchen Knife
  7. Paring Knife
  8. Bread Knife
  9. Serrated Knife
  10. Boning Knife
  11. Knife Sharpener
  12. Scissors
  13. Cutting Board
  14. Mallet
  15. Nut Cracker
  16. Garlic Press
  17. Tongs
  18. Peeler
  19. Steel Grater
  20. Whisk
  21. Can Opener
  22. Potato Masher
  23. Turkey Baster
  24. Pizza Cutter
  25. Apple Slicer
  26. Fruit Squeezer (Manual Fruit Juicer)
  27. Mortar and Pestle
  28. Measuring Cups
  29. Cooking Brush
  30. Rolling Pin
  31. Slicer

“Of the culinary utensils of the ancients our knowledge is very limited; but as the art of living, in every civilized country, is pretty much the same, the instruments for cooking must, in a great degree, bear a striking resemblance to one another.” — from Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management by Isabella Mary Beeton (1861).

Working in a kitchen, whether at home or professionally, requires a good number of tools that need to be within hand’s reach.

Moving from soup to steak to a casserole and then a dessert can easily involve a dozen different tools. So a well-stocked kitchen is going to have a good range of utensils for cooking ready to go for what a recipe demands.

Different Types of Kitchen Utensils (with Pictures, Names and Their Uses)

A. Spoons and Ladles

The Standard Kitchen Spoon

Wooden kitchen spoon resting on the rim of an open pot.

We’ve all seen and grown up with some version of the kitchen spoon. This is an oversized instrument useful for working food and liquids in big pots. It’s an essential do-all tool in terms of scooping, moving, stirring, and holding food in place while working on it.

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This kitchen utensil has been around for centuries, and ancient cultures made them frequently from wood and sometimes from metal, such as copper.

The Kitchen Spoon comes in two forms, solid and slotted. The slotted spoon gives a user the added advantage of draining liquid from underneath, while controlling solid foods captured in the basin of the spoon.

At a minimum, the tool is great for checking the status of food, avoiding burning one’s hands doing the same, and avoiding contamination.

Related: Kitchen Cabinet Accessories | How to store more utensils

The Soup Ladle

Soup ladle used to scoop soup from a steaming pot.

This utensil is curved or designed with a long stick handle and a large, cup-like spoon basin at the end.

The handles sometimes have a curve or hook to make sure the ladle doesn’t slip inside large pots while cooking or server.

The Soup Ladle is ideal for removing soup and stews from larger pots to smaller ones or for serving individual bowls.

Again, this instrument has been around for centuries, and some of the best versions to work with today are stainless steel.

The Pasta Ladle

Pasta ladle grabbing pasta from boiling water.

This utensil looks very much like other soup spoons except for two major differences — an edge with teeth and a hole in the middle of the basin.

The teeth allow you to grab pasta in hot water quickly and the hole permits the water to drain out. You end up with the pasta without the mess when pulling the food out of a boiling pot.

It’s ideal for serving pasta from the main cooking container.

The Ice Cream Scooper

Ice cream scooper topping an ice cream cone.

Have you ever tried to scoop ice cream out with a regular spoon? It’s not really ideal and you may end up bending the spoon.

The Ice Cream Scooper gives you better leverage with a stronger handle and deep-curved spoon that allows the ice cream to curl up for that perfect dessert ball served in a bowl.

The Scooper typically comes in two forms, static basic design or one with a separator function. The separator function makes it easy to remove the ice cream from the spoon once scooped, with a thumb actuator that slices the ice cream from the spoon surface.

Either works fine, but the separator version works faster when serving a lot of ice cream at once.

The Spatula

Frying an egg with a spatula.

It’s not really a spoon, but the spatula is a close cousin . . . although there are several types of spatulas. The omelette spatula is an example of one type of spatula.

Flat in nature, this tool allows you to slide under food and pick it up to serve from a hot skillet or to flip and cook the other side. It also doubles as a quick blunt knife on food cooking as well as a stirrer, but it doesn’t work wonderfully well in these secondary roles.

Spatulas typically come in large sizes and sometimes slotted, but cooks find having two versions, one large and one small, work best in a busy kitchen. For smaller dishes and frying pans, the large spatula becomes overkill but the smaller size is ideal.

See more types of spoons here.

B. Knives and Cutting

The Basic Kitchen Knife

Kitchen knife on a wooden cutting board surrounded by whole and sliced cherries.

Sizable and sharp, the Basic Kitchen Knife comes in either a half-foot blade or larger. It’s ideal for cutting large and medium-sized food pieces that need to be diced, sliced or separated apart.

This is an essential utensil in any working kitchen, and many professional cooks have their own special blade to work with versus generic brands. 

The Paring Knife

A paring knife on a wooden desk beside pieces of sliced lime.

A small knife with a blade about the size of a finger, this tool is great for cutting small pieces of food, singular -piece removals, paring fruit, gouging, or cutting minute parts off. It doesn’t do well in larger food portions, but the paring knife is ideal for delicate cutting work.

The Bread Knife

Bread knife used for cutting a loaf of bread.

One will notice the difference on this blade due to the serrated edge. Unlike most kitchen knives that have a smooth cutting edge, the bread knife looks rough and vicious.

This serration is critical to cut through bread quickly, like a saw, instead of separating it apart. Trying to cut bread with a solid blade often causes the bread to squish instead of separate, unless the blade is extremely sharp. The serrated edge solves the problem.

The Serrated Knife

Serrated knife on a wood cutting board.

With a far less pronounced serration than a bread knife and longer blade, the Serrated Knife is ideal for cutting through large pieces of meat quickly, especially when it has been cooked.

The serration allows a sawing action to affect the cut, something that is not possible with a regular blade. Folks will often see this type of blade used when cutting large roasts.

The Boning Knife

A butcher using a boning knife on a slab of meat.

With a long thin blade, this utensil is ideal for separating meat from bone such as in fish. It cuts with a regular blade, but the thinner design allows the cook to poke into the food to effectuate a cut better. This tool can also be used to size special meat cuts, such as filets.

The Knife Sharpener

A knife and a knife sharpener on a wooden cutting board.

Most knife kits will have one but they can be bought separately. The Knife Sharpener looks like a long metal rod with a handle. However, if you feel the surface of the rod, it will be rough.

The kitchen knife is worked against this surface in a cutting, friction fashion, which in turn re-sharpens the edge of the blade.

Cooks use this tool regularly to keep their blades in top shape, but folks also need to watch out because sharp edges cut through fingertips and hands extremely fast.

See all kitchen knives here as well as our review of Craftstone knives.

Kitchen Scissors

A kitchen scissor beside a bowl of chestnuts against a wooden background.

Sure, any pair of scissors can be used to cut things apart, but Kitchen Scissors are designed to be a bit more robust, for cutting through things like branches, sinew, bone, tendon, and harder parts of food, quickly. Having this utensil adds to your ability to prepare food faster, smarter and more efficiently.

Learn more about the different types of scissors here.

The Cutting Board

A small and a large wooden cutting boards with spices.

The last place you want to be cutting food is your counter surface. A Cutting Board is designed to take a beating, provide a safe place to cut or work on food, and then can be washed off, quickly.

It’s highly recommended to use a plastic board, versus wood, as wood boards tend to absorb food juices which can then be a breeding ground for bacteria. With plastic, the board cleans easier, nothing penetrates, and the bacteria can’t get a foothold inside the board surface.

Discover all the different types of cutting boards here.

C. Blunt Instruments

The Kitchen Mallet

Using a kitchen mallet on a slice of raw meat.

Sometimes a cook just needs to use brute force. A good Kitchen Mallet today is made of aluminum, comes with a flat side and then a bumped or pointed side.

The flat side is essentially for hammering food, usually frozen, to break apart or soften it. The pointed or bumped side is a tenderizer feature, often used on meats to soften them with bruising, which in turn allows juices and marinades to penetrate the meat easier prior to cooking.

The Nut Cracker

Nutcracker beside a basket of nuts.

Let’s face it, nuts are a pain. A Nutcracker makes short work of the shell, allowing you to get to the inside quickly. It’s often a go-to tool for baking when you want to use walnuts or similar for ingredients and toppings.

The Garlic Press

Garlic press beside cloves of garlic.

You could spend a lot of time finely slicing garlic cloves, or you could just place a clove in a Garlic Press and squeeze out the innards into your food or mix quickly. Brute force refined into a small tool does quick work.

D. Other Kitchen Tools

Tongs

Using tongs to lift a slice of grilled meat.

This tool comes in either small or large size, with regular metal or covered ends. In any form, Tongs are great for grabbing food, particularly when hot.

Tongs are a basic tool when BBQ’ing or working with flame, allowing the cook to flip food, move it around, place or remove it for serving and doing all that activity without burning one’s hands.

Tongs also help avoid contamination by keep hands out of food in the cooking process. Consider them an extension of your fingers in the kitchen once the food is either cooking or being served.

The Kitchen Peeler

Kitchen peeler used on a potato.

The Peeler is essential for taking the outer skin off vegetables in a safe, quick manner.

Some are very simple metal instruments and others come with ergonomic handles. If you prepare vegetables a lot with skin removed, then a Peeler is going to need to be in your kitchen utensil toolbox.

It actually provides two functions: the peeling which is obvious from the long blade element, and the pointed edge tip which allows one to gouge out potatoes’ eyes and vegetable spot blemishes. Peelers also come in a flat version for the removal of larger widths of food, as needed.

Click here to learn about the different types of peelers.

The Steel Grater

Grating cheese using a steel grater.

Whether it be cheese shredding or lemon peel curling, a serrated scraper allows a cook to quickly reduce a large piece of prep food into much smaller pieces for using cooking.

The Steel Grater comes in either a board-form with a handle or a box shape with multiple serration forms on each of the four sides. This is a basic food prep tool that reduces large food to smaller sizes very quickly and safely instead of trying to do the same with a knife.

The Whisk

Whisking a bowl of melted chocolate.

It looks like an alien communication antenna but the Whisk is a soup or liquid manual mixer. When you just need to give things a quick stir, manually mix, or make sure the consistency of a soup or sauce is prepared right, the Whisk is the best way to go.

An automated mixer is often an overkill. The Whisk comes in small or larger sizes and allows for quick swirling mixing to get the job done fast.

It’s ideal, for example, for beating eggs to prepare them for baking or cooking without getting your hands messy in the process. Whisks come in different forms, but the tell-tale sign is the spiral or multi-wire end which is used to mix the food.

The Can Opener

A can opener on top of a canned food.

Whether it be the old-style peeler or the modern turn-screw style, the Can Opener is a must if you’re using any kind of preserved food stored in a manufactured food can.

Today, manufacturers have made it easier for consumer cans to be opened with a built-in pull tab, but larger cans still need a bona fide Can Opener to access the food inside.

The best version to get is the screw-turn type which simply latches onto the edge of the can. As the user turns the screw, the opener moves along the edge of the can separating the lid until it can be bent back and removed.

Tip: get a version with robust handle grips. It works faster and is far more comfortable than the bare metal cheap version of the tool.

What you might not know is that there are many different types of can openers to choose from.

The Potato Masher

Using a potato masher.

When you look at this tool you might think it’s a waffle press, or something similar. Instead, the Potato Masher is designed to squish and mush vegetable food, so that it can be served in, you guessed, mashed format.

Ideal for cooked potatoes and quick prepping into mash potatoes form, this tool also works well on other soft foods that need to be combined together quickly in a bowl.

The Turkey Baster

Basting a roasted turkey with its own juice.

The problem with large meats being cooked is that they have a tendency to dry out. When meat cooks, it releases moisture and grease.

This drains to the bottom of the pan. The meat gets hot and becomes what we are familiar with when we eat, but if it dries out too much then the food becomes hard to eat, more like chewing leather.

The Baster allows a cook to literally suction up the water and grease, mid-cooking from the bottom of the pan, and put it back on the top of the meat to re-moisten it.

The process makes a huge difference to the outcome. The Baster is also good for sucking up the remaining juice after the meat is removed and making a complimentary gravy.

The Pizza Cutter

Cutting pizza

If you ever have flat food that needs to be cut into smaller parts, like a pizza, for example, it’s hard to manage with a regular knife. But with a Pizza Cutter, you just roll along the cutting line and the edge does the work via pressure.

The Apple Slicer

Sliced apple on an apple slicer.

If you serve a lot of fruit, cutting it into pieces can be tedious and unsafe for your fingers. The Apple Slicer makes the job easier cutting the fruit into multiple pieces and quickly separating the core.

It works for most fruits you can position standing on a cutting board. Then you take the Slicer, press down on the fruit with it, and the tool separates the parts quickly.

The Fruit Squeezer (Manual Fruit Juicer)

A fruit squeezer surrounded by whole and cut lemons.

The Squeezer allows you to take a fruit half, press down and twist on the squeezer, and out drains the juice on the bottom of the tray. You then remove the fruit and pour the juice into a cup or container without any mess to clean up.

The Mortar and Pestle

A mortar and pestle beside bottles of oil.

Not many kitchens use it anymore, but the Mortar and Pestle is a great tool for grinding food into small powders and dry consistencies.

Using pressure and friction, the Mortar acts as a bowl while the Pestle held by the hand mashes the food into powder form. This is a great tool for breaking down larger, hard foods into small parts.

Measuring Cups

Measuring cups of various sizes filled with various nuts.

If you do a lot of recipes and baking, then a set of measuring cups is essential. These come in small to large sizes with the exact measurement size and containment in each. 

Discover 15 kitchen measuring tools and gadgets here.

The Cooking Brush

Using a cooking brush on two slices of raw meat.

Try to use a regular brush in cooking and you may find the bristles separating or melting off. With a Cooking Brush, you use a specially made utensil that can baste or paint sauces and liquids during food preparation. A common use of a Cooking Brush is in the application of sauces on BBQ food or roasts.

The Rolling Pin

A rolling pin on top of a dough on round cutting board.

If you’re going to do a lot of baking, then you need some way to flatten dough. The Rolling Pin has been around for centuries as the essential baking tool for flattening food. It also works really well to chase people out of the kitchen when they’re trying to sneak food before it’s ready.

We also wrote about six rolling pin alternatives here.

The Slicer

Fullstar Mandoline Slicer Spiralizer Vegetable Slicer - Veggie Slicer 5-in-1 Mandoline Food Slicer with Julienne Grater - Cheese Slicer V Slicer Mandoline Cutter - Vegetable Cutter Zoodle Maker

Ever watch those 2 a.m. infomercials featuring what looks like the greatest kitchen Slicer gadget ever? I have. I’ve bought them.

I usually watch the infomercial then a month later I’ll be in some department store and see something similar. They’re usually fairly cheap and I’ll remember just how amazing the thing was and buy it only to use it once.

But once in a while, usually for making a big salad, that sucker comes in handy . . . assuming I don’t end up slicing a tip of a finger off. These things can be deadly. The blades are wicked sharp and you use them at lightning speed, not paying attention, and then slice.

E. More Types of Kitchen Utensils

Salad Spinner

Cuisinart Salad Spinner, Green

Also known as a salad tosser, a salad spinner is an equipment that washes and drains excess water from salad greens, making them less soggy and allowing the salad dressing to stick without dilution. It has an inner colander/straining bowl, an outer bowl, and a cover.

A salad spinner uses a spinning mechanism to create centrifugal force and spin salad leaves to remove excess water. It then drains the water through the holes in the colander into the outer bowl. Besides, it’s easy to use and dries salad leaves without bruising them.

The Colander

Stainless Steel Colander With Handle and Legs, Large Metal Green Strainer for Pasta, Spaghetti, Berry, Veggies, Fruits, Noodles, Salads, 5-quart 10.5” Kitchen Food Mesh Colander, Dishwasher Safe

A colander is perforated kitchen equipment used to drain fluids from foods before and after cooking. It can be bowl or basket-shaped or made of plastic, copper, or aluminum. You can use a colander to drain excess water from fruits and vegetables, drain water from rice after washing, or drain pasta. Besides, you can use it as a vegetable steamer or food protector.

The Mixing Bowl

A chef using a whisk to make cake.

A mixing bowl is a large container for mixing ingredients in the kitchen. You can mix dry ingredients and salads, combine flour and baking ingredients, knead dough, and whip eggs. Mixing bowls are versatile; you can use them to marinate and store leftover foods.

The Spice Dispenser

KitchenArt 57010 Select-A-Spice Auto-Measure Carousel Professional Series, Satin

A spice dispenser is a handy kitchen utensil for storing and organizing spices and salt, making them easily accessible when you need them. Unlike a spice rack, a dispenser rotates. Hence, you can access multiple herbs at the same time. Some spice dispensers are automated with precise measurements. Others have a digital LCD screen where you select your preferred spice and the exact quantity you need, and it automatically dispenses it.

The Storage Canister

Different types of ingredients on glass bottles.

A storage canister is a round or cylindrical-shaped container for storing items in the kitchen. You can store flour, rice, cereals, sugar, tea leaves, spices, onions, and garlic to keep them fresh and easily accessible. Modern storage canisters are labeled and decorative. In addition, they come in various shapes and sizes to suit your taste and preference.

The Utensils Tray

Luxury Bamboo Kitchen Drawer Organizer - Expandable Utensil Organizer for Drawer - Utensil and Silverware Holder and Cutlery Tray (Natural, 20"x17.5")

A utensils tray is a platter for storing and organizing utensils in a kitchen. You can place it on the counter to separate plates from cups and cutlery or organize spoons, forks, and knives in a drawer. You can mount a wall utensils rack on a wall to save space in a small kitchen, free up space for other utensils, and make it easy to access.

The Pasta Maker

Pasta Maker, VTVTKK Manual Hand Press, Noodle Maker Machine with 9 Adjustable Thickness Settings,2-in-1 Pasta Roller with Rollers and Cutter,for Spaghetti,Fettuccini, Lasagna,Designed by Italy

A pasta maker is a kitchen equipment that rolls and cuts pasta dough into shapes and sizes. A manual pasta maker uses a crank to move pasta dough between two rollers. It’s small, inexpensive, and great for sheet pasta like lasagna, stuffed pasta, ravioli, and flat noodles.

An electric pasta maker uses an electric motor to move pasta dough between the rollers. Some electric pasta makers also knead and cut pasta dough, making them great for spaghetti, Bucatini, and angel hair.

The Pumpkin Carver

AIR PROPELLER Pumpkin Carving Kits Pumpkin Carving Set,Stainless Steel Pumpkin Carving Knife for Jack-O-Lanterns,7PCS Professional Pumpkin Carving Tools for Adults,Pumpkin Carver Kit with Carrying Bag

A pumpkin carver is a set of tools used to carve pumpkins for Halloween decoration. The group comprises scrappers, scoops, tooth saws, engraving pens, and hole and circle punches. A pumpkin carver makes it easier and safer to carve a pumpkin instead of using a regular kitchen knife.

The StrainerA woman using strainer for flour.

A strainer is a perforated tool that separates particles from liquids. Unlike a sieve, a strainer removes large particles to form smooth purees, juices, or smoothies. You can occasionally use it to remove large particles from dry ingredients when cooking or baking.

The Oil Sprayer

Oil Sprayer for Cooking, Olive Oil Sprayer Mister, Olive Oil Spray Bottle, kitchen Gadgets Accessories for Air Fryer,Canola Oil Spritzer, Widely used for Salad Making,Baking Frying, BBQ

An oil sprayer is a dispenser that produces a uniform oil mist. It comprises a bottle with a pipe and atomizer that converts the oil into a mist. You can use it for frying, baking, grilling, or salads. It produces precise oil, reducing waste and helping control oil intake.

The Avocado Tool

OXO Good Grips 3-in-1 Avocado Slicer - Green

The avocado tool is kitchen equipment that cuts, peels, and slices avocado to make salads or guacamole. It comprises a blade for cutting, a pit grip for removing the pit, and a slicer for scooping avocado. The tool makes it easier and safer to cut avocados, reduces mess, and comes in various shapes and sizes.

The Onion Chopper

Onion choppers and different types of vegetables.

An onion chopper is kitchen equipment for chopping onions to save time and avoid eye irritation. You can use it to dice other vegetables to achieve uniform sizes for salads, stir fry, and fruits for salads.  Onion choppers can be manual or electric and come in various shapes and sizes.

The Weigh Scale

Zibet Food Scale,33lb/15kg Rechargeable Digital Kitchen Scale,1g/0.1oz Precise Graduation,Ounces and Grams for Weight Loss,Waterproof Stainless Steel and Tempered Glass Surface

A weigh scale is electronic equipment for measuring ingredients and foods in a kitchen. You can use it to get the exact ingredient portions for a cooking or baking recipe. Additionally, you can use a weigh scale to measure food to calculate calories or precise food portions when following a particular diet. It’s small-sized, easy to use, and can fit any kitchen countertop.

The Pineapple Corer

Klineus Pineapple Corer and Slicer Tool, Premium Pineapple Cutter and Corer - Upgraded, Reinforced, Sharp, Thicker Blade - Stainless Pineapple Slicer Decorer Peeler and core remover (Black)

A pineapple corer is a handheld device that cuts pineapple fresh into a spiral and removes the core.  It comprises a handle, a cylinder, and a blade. It’s easy to use; slice the top of the pineapple and place the corer over it. Push the cylinder down the core as you twist the device in the clockwise direction until you reach the bottom of the pineapple. Pull up the handle to remove your fruit from the shell and cut your fruit into your desired shape and size.

The Cherry and Olive Pitter

Cherry Pitter Tool Olive Stoner Core Stone Removal Kitchen Gadgets (Black)

A cherry and olive pitter is a kitchen tool that removes pits from cherries and olives without bruising or wasting the fruits. It makes work easier when using these fruits for baking, making pies, jams, salads, or canned fruits. The pitter has a depression where you place the fruit and a flat disc that pushes the fruit over a blade to remove the pit. Some versions can remove up to six cherry pits simultaneously, making them suitable for large projects.

The Funnel

Different kinds of funnel funnels with price tags.

A funnel is a kitchen utensil for pouring liquids or fine-grained foods into narrow-topped canisters. It has a wide opening and a slim bottom to minimize waste.  You can transfer oil, flour, sugar, or spices from one container to another.  A funnel may be stainless steel, plastic, or silicone.

The Potato Ricer

PriorityChef Large 15oz Potato Ricer, Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Potato Masher and Ricer Kitchen Tool, Press and Mash For Perfect Mashed Potatoes - Everytime

A potato ricer is a kitchen utensil that processes potatoes into tiny particles by forcing them through a series of small holes. It has two handles joined together by a hinge. One handle has a plunger where you place the potato, while the other has small holes. You can use a potato ricer to process the avocado, frozen spinach, hummus, baby food, pumpkin squash, and sweet potatoes.

The Egg Separator

CAMKYDE Egg Separator Food Grade Stainless Steel Egg Yolk White Separation Tool (Red)

An egg separator is a kitchen tool for separating the egg white from the yolk when baking or on a low-cholesterol diet. It comprises a bowl with a short handle and two openings on the side to allow egg whites to pass through while retaining the yolk. Other versions have a sieve at the bottom that allows egg whites to pass and hold the yolk.

The Bagel Slicer

Hoan The Original Bagel Guillotine Universal Slicer, 9.25-Inch, White

A bagel slicer is a tool that cuts bagels into even slices when making sandwiches. It has two parts; a handle and a base. The slicer has a blade at the bottom that cuts bagels into uniform shapes and sizes.  You can use Bagel slicers in commercial kitchens to promote hygienic food handling, minimize contact and prevent foodborne diseases.

The Splatter Guard

BergKoch Splatter Screen for Frying Pan - 13 Inch Stainless Steel Grease Splatter Guard - Cover Oil Splash when Sizzling Bacon, Cooking Fried Chicken or Popcorn

A splatter guard is a round metallic mesh with a handle that you place over a cooking pan to prevent hot oil from splashing when cooking in high heat. It prevents messes and keeps you safe when searing, frying, simmering, or sauteing food with an open pan.

The Dough Scoop

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop

A dough scoop is a utensil that transfers dough or batter from the mixing bowl to the baking sheet to maintain consistency and promote uniform baking. It comes in different shapes and sizes for cookies, cupcakes, and muffins.

The Corn Holders

Corn Holders, Corn on the Cobb Holders Stainless Steel with Wooden Oak Handle, Corn on the Cob Holders for Kids and Adults Home Cooking and BBQ, Set of 8 (4 Inch Long Corn Holder)

Corn holders are kitchen tools for handling hot corn when eating from the cob. They have two parts; an insulated handle and two spikes. You insert the spikes into both ends of the corn and use the handle to manipulate the corn to avoid touching the moist ear with bare hands.

The Turkey Lifters

KAYCROWN Stainless Steel Turkey & Roast Lifters, Set of 2 - Turkey and Poultry Lifters Roaster Poultry Forks Great for Thanksgiving, Transfer Turkey or Ham Easily

Turkey lifters are tools for lifting turkey from the roasting pot and transporting it to the serving tray. They come in sets of twos and resemble tiny pitchforks. Turkey lifters are sturdy to bear the weight of a turkey and have ergonomic insulated handles for safety. You can lift and transport meat and chicken from the oven into the serving tray and handle meat when slicing.

The Ginger Tool

Microplane Ginger Tool, One Size, White

When cooking or baking, a ginger tool safely peels, slices, and grates ginger. It has three parts: a peeler, slicer, and cutter, and it comes in various shapes, designs, and sizes. You can also use it to prepare turmeric and nutmeg.

The Butter Blade

A butterblade with butter on a white background.

A butter blade is a tool for softening butter to allow easy spread. It has a sharp edge to cut butter into thin slices while measuring and a tip for creating curling patterns when garnishing.

The Bag Clips

12 Pack Large Chip Bag Clips Set, Wmiwulien Assorted Sizes Food Bag Clips, Chip Clips, Plastic Heavy Seal Grip

Bag clips are small devices for sealing plastic bags containing food to keep it fresh. You can close open flour, sugar, rice, chips, and leftover foods before keeping them in a fridge.  Bag clips have other exciting uses; you can secure paper plates and napkins on a picnic, hold your recipe book or hang a to-do list on your fridge door.

The Zester

A peeler and fresh lemons.

 A zester is a kitchen tool for removing long and thin strips of zest from citrus fruits when baking, making salads, or cooking. It’s about ten centimeters long with a metal end and an ergonomic handle. The metal end has small holes with sharp blades to remove the skin of these fruits.

The Seafood Multifunction Tool (Shrim Deveiner, Scissors, Cracker)

A multifunction seafood tool is a kitchen equipment that processes seafood. It resembles a pair of scissors with a comfortable non-slip handle and curved blades for safe seafood handling. You can use it for shrimp deveining, peeling, and cracking crab and lobster shells.

The Seafood Fork

Nantucket Seafood Seafood Forks, 6.25 x 0.5 x 0.25 inches, Seafood Forks

A seafood fork is a small fork with three narrow prongs and a long handle. It is also known as a cocktail fork and is used for preparing and eating seafood, including crabs, oysters, and lobsters, instead of regular folk. You can use it to dip seafood in butter or sauce when eating.

The Fish Knife

A fish knife is a kitchen blade with a wide flat spatula, curved edges, and a sharp pointed tip for eating fish. The curved edges slide between the fish’s flesh and skin, the tapered tip lifts bones away from the plate, and the flat spatula lifts meat from the bone and sauce into the fish on a fork. You can use it when eating fillet or whole fish.

The Oyster Knife

Mercer Culinary Boston Style Oyster Knife with Poly Handle, 3 Inch, White

An oyster knife is a small knife with a thick, short, pointed blade and a thick handle to open oysters and separate the flesh from the shells. Using it is safer than using a regular kitchen knife to avoid damaging the oyster and hurting your hands.

The Egg Slicer/Poacher

VBoo Egg Slicer For Hard Boiled Eggs, Heavy Duty Aluminium Stainless Steel Wire Egg Cutter, apply to Soft Fruit Mushroom Tomato Strawberry Fruit Salads

An egg slicer is a kitchen tool that cuts peeled hard-boiled eggs into even slices for salads and cuisines. It has a wedged egg holder and pivoted plate with blades that cut through the egg into thin pieces.

An egg poacher is equipment that makes poached eggs. It consists of single or multiple perforated cups that sit above a water pool.

The Timer

Norpro New 60 Minute Kitchen Timer With Long Ring 3.5"/9cm Easy To Read Operate

A timer is a kitchen gadget that keeps track of the time taken to prepare or cook particular foods.  It has a buzzer or alarm that alerts you when cooking time is over, allowing you to attend to other kitchen chores without checking on the progress of your cooking. You can use it when marinating, baking, roasting, or frying foods.

The Chef Tweezers

A man arranging a chocolate using chef tweezer.

Chef tweezers are kitchen tools for grasping objects in the kitchen. They come in small and large sizes. Chefs use small tweezers to garnish the food to avoid bruising delicate herbs and edible petals.

On the other hand, they use giant tweezers to remove items from narrow-mouthed containers, flip steak when grilling, remove pasta from boiling water to check the readiness, presentation on a plate, and remove vegetables from boiling soup. They are also handy for cake decoration, making fondant, and decorating cookies.

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Make it easy on yourself and just buy a full set like the one above. I’m a big fan of sets because it’s easy. Instead of hurting your brain with each individual purchase, get a mid-priced or high-priced set which will likely cost less for everything than if you buy it individually.

F. Where to Buy Kitchen Utensils

Now that you know the types of kitchen utensils, you may be wondering where to buy them. Perhaps you need new silverware, or a knife that will actually cut your food. Here are the best places to buy kitchen utensils, no matter what you are looking for.

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is the quintessential general merchandise store. You can buy everything from tires to diapers, including kitchen utensils. The store is known for a large selection and low prices.

Purchase from your local store, or have the items shipped to you. If you need forks, you can pick up a 4 piece Mainstays forks set for $1.26. If you want something different, consider ReaNea Rainbow Dinner Forks. You’ll get 12 stainless steel forks with a rainbow finish for $16.96.

Target

Target has a bit of everything. They are essentially a slightly upscale version of Wal-Mart. You’ll find a wide selection of kitchen utensils that range from budget-friendly to luxurious. You can shop in-store, or order from the comfort of your home.

You can get a 30pc Kitchen Utensil Set from Room Essentials for $21.00. The set features measuring cups, whisk, cooking spoons, and more. Even better, it’s self contained inside a storage tray that fits right in your utensil drawer.

Upgrade your kitchen with the Zulay Kitchen Teak Wooden Cooking Spoon Set. It features 6 cooking-sized spoons. You’ll get the benefits of wooden spoons, with a unique look that makes them totally displayable.

Ikea

Ikea is a great place to find any type of home goods. It’s known for its great prices and build it yourself furniture. They have a wide selection of kitchen gadgets, including kitchen utensils.

Ikea also has in-store shopping as well as shipping when you order online. If you have kids or simply need disposable cutlery, consider the Kalas mixed flatware set for $2.99. It provides 18 pieces in fun colors. It’s made of plastic. It’s durable enough to be reused, while providing safety for children.

If you have a bigger budget, check out the Tillagd 20 piece flatware set in black, which is $79.99. The matte black finish sets it apart from most shiny silverware. It adds an interesting accent when paired with brightly colored plates or bowls.

Amazon

If you prefer shopping online, Amazon is a good place to buy kitchen utensils. The shopping site has nearly anything you could want, and their selection is massive. In fact, the biggest problem is deciding what to buy because there are so many options.

One of my favorite Amazon finds is the Cutiset Stainless Steel Flatware Set with Hanging Caddy for $14.99. It features 25 pieces. The handles of the flatware is green. The best part is the hanger, which prevents it from taking up space in your cabinet drawers.

If you need a full kitchen set, consider Silicone Cooking Utensils for $39.99. The handle of the utensil is metal, and the end of the utensil is silicone. The set features 33 cooking gadgets and spoons that are perfect for non-stick cookware.

Crate and Barrel

Crate and Barrel’s philosophy is “welcome life in”. They sell a wide range of housewares, decor, and furniture. They are considered an upscale store, so you can spoil yourself with some nice kitchen utensils.

Brick and mortar stores allow you to see the items for yourself, but they also offer fast shipping. The Mikasa Transulucent serving set features all the needed flatware for 4 people. The clear handles give it a contemporary look. Choose from clear, red, or green for $64.63.

Need a conversion starting utensil set? Crate and Barrel’s exclusive Olivewood Utensils set is a perfect choice. The olivewood has a beautiful flowing grain. The handles have the Crate and Barrel logo etched into each piece.

The 5 piece set includes a turner, pasta spoon, spoon, and spurtle. Pick it up today for $104.95.

Dollar Tree

The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite stores. You’ll find a range of items from groceries to makeup, for just $1. They’ve recently increased their prices to $1.25 for most items, but it’s still a great deal.

You can purchase items from Dollar Tree online, but most items are restricted to bulk orders, rather than individual items. It’s usually best to shop at your local Dollar Tree store, rather than online shopping.

One popular item is their large 4 cup measuring cup. Its perfect for your baking and cooking needs.
For smaller measurements, pick up a set of measuring spoons. Both can be purchased for just a $1.25

G. Top Brands

Caraway

If you often struggle with messy cooking spaces, Caraway might be your best way out. Their products include organization accessories designed for storage to help you stay neat as you prepare your meals. Brighten your cooking space with their nonstick ceramic pans and pots with various eye-catching colors, which are also oven-friendly. 

Caraway offers a wide range of products, such as a baking dish, grill pan, and small fry pan, that are great for everyday use. They also have special occasions collections, such as casseroles and roasting pans that are perfect for holidays or birthdays. They have an extensive collection of cookbooks if you want to learn more about how to cook certain dishes.

ScanPan

Scanpan Classic 12.5 Inch Covered Chef Pan

The ScanPan brand is well-known for its high-quality cookware with non-stick coatings that last for years. They offer a wide range of styles, colors, and materials to choose from—often a mixture of stainless-steel designs and non-stick features to offer the best of the two dynamics. You can find everything from stock pots to Dutch ovens, slow cooker pans, at pocket-friendly prices. Their products are oven-friendly up to 500 degrees and are popular for their lightweight nature and capacity to heat evenly.

Our Place

Since its onset in 2019, Our Place has been a disruptive force in the kitchenware business. Their products are made with high-quality materials and feature a variety of sizes and shapes. These products are perfect for preparing multiple meals at once—whether breakfast for two or lunch for four—these pans handle any task you throw at them. Our Place aimed to eliminate the need for multiple cooking materials in the kitchen by creating multi-purpose cookware options.  

Great Jones

Great Jones has a wide variety of products for every stage of your cooking life: from everyday pots and pans to specialty knives and utensils, they have something for everyone. They have unique items like their colander set and more traditional items like skillets for frying and sauteing. 

They also offer several different-sized cookware sets so you can choose what fits your needs best. With an enamel cast iron, their models are non-toxic, made from ceramic nonstick and stainless steel, while maintaining a top visual appeal.

Le Creuset

Different kinds of kitchen utensils.

Le Creuset is known for its high-quality cookware, but it goes beyond the outside of the pot. These pots and pans are made from enameled cast iron, meaning they will last for years. The enamel coating makes them easy to clean, and food doesn’t stick easily to the surface of the pots and pans. The brand has built its reputation over 100 years, offering high quality, glossy, and colorful pots and pans that are incredibly effective in the kitchen.

Cuisinart

With the variety of product styles and color options it offers, it’s no wonder that Cuisinart’s popularity has skyrocketed over the years. Their range of high-quality cookware can help you make your meal prep process as easy as possible. Cuisinart’s line of products includes chafing dishes, sauté pans, roasting pans, skillets, saucepans, and more. These cookware sets come with various trays, including stir fry, pasta, and rice. 

The stainless-steel construction makes them durable enough to use on the stovetop or in the oven. You’ll love preparing your meals with these cast iron pieces, an enamel coating, and hard-ionized aluminum at a friendly price.

KitchenAid

KitchenAid store with kitchen utensil.

KitchenAid is a household name in the world of cookware, and for a good reason. The brand has been around since 1919, so it’s no surprise that they are one of the best-selling brands in the industry.

The silicone handles on all their pots and pans make them comfortable to hold when cooking. Their products have a triple-layer non-stick coat, preventing food from sticking to the surface while cooking or cleaning up afterward. The utensils are also dishwasher safe, so you don’t have to worry about manual cleaning. 

Their pans also have a stainless steel bottom with a layer of aluminum, enhancing the spread of heat. They are a great option for meals that need to simmer without burning in some areas. 

Circulon

Circulon is another great choice for cooks who want professional-level cookware at an affordable price. They make their cookware products from stainless steel that won’t react with acidic foods like tomatoes or wine—two common recipe ingredients—while offering great heat retention and durability.

The handles are comfortable and ergonomic, which makes them easier on your hands over time. You can find Circulon products in various sizes and styles to get what you need for your kitchen setup, whether small or large. 

The company prides itself on using only the best materials for its cookware, including aluminum, copper, and titanium alloys that make for durable yet lightweight pots and pans that won’t rust or tarnish over time, as cheaper options might do.

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