9 Kitchen Essentials Beginner Cooks Will Love


The Cuisinart Non-stick Skillet features slanted sides, perfect for quick-cooking recipes like stir-fries. Opt for the 12-inch size with a glass cover for $39.95, suitable for families or larger meals.


The T-fal Performa Stainless Steel Sauce Pan, 3-Quart, priced at $22.49, is ideal for cooking vegetables, grains, pasta, and sauces. Its high sides and included cover make it versatile for various cooking needs, a solid choice for starters.

Measuring Cups and Spoons

The OXO Good Grips Plastic Measuring Cups and Spoons Set, priced at $17.98, ensures accurate measurements for consistent cooking results. Perfect for following recipes precisely.

Mixing Bowls

Glad Mixing Bowls with Pour Spout, Set of 3 for $12.49, offers convenience with its nesting design for easy storage. Suitable for mixing batters, tossing salads, or preparing meals.

Baking Sheets

Umite Chef Stainless Steel Baking Sheet, Set of 2 for $21.99, provides essential tools for baking cookies, roasting vegetables, and cooking proteins. The durable construction and rimmed edges ensure even baking and ease of handling.

Set of Knives

The DV Knife set includes an 8-inch Chef's Knife and 4-inch Paring Knife for $10.99, perfect for everyday cooking tasks from chopping vegetables to detailed slicing. Affordable and practical for those starting out in the kitchen.

Cutting Boards

Gorilla Grip Durable Kitchen Cutting Board, priced at $18.99, offers a sturdy surface for cutting fruits, vegetables, meats, and more. Having two boards—one for produce and another for meats—promotes hygiene and prevents cross-contamination.


A colander is essential for tasks like washing vegetables, draining pasta, and rinsing beans. It's a versatile tool that every kitchen should have. Opt for a durable and appropriately sized colander that suits your cooking needs.

Basic Utensils

Essential kitchen tools include a whisk for beating eggs and making sauces, a spatula for flipping pancakes and turning vegetables, tongs for handling hot meats directly from the stove, and cooking spoons for stirring soups, sauces, and chili while they cook.