An In-Depth Look at What Kitchen’s Really Need!
60 Kitchen Essentials List: Whether you are just starting out in a house of your very own or want to make your existing kitchen more functional, it is important to know you have a lot of things to consider. There are a lot of things you can get to make your kitchen work better for you. However, each thing may or may not be something that you feel is necessary to make the heart of your home better than ever. Meaning, not everyone feels they need a cupboard or shelves over their kitchen sink.
No matter what your situation may be, we have come up with our 60 kitchen essentials list. It covers everything from cookware and utensils to what you may use to clean it all, and even how to protect it, and yourself, from harm. Our goal with this list is simple. We want to make sure that you have everything you could possibly need or want in your kitchen.
Cookware goes well beyond the pots and pans for some families. Depending on how you cook, the things you enjoy cooking, and how you want your kitchen to function, you may or may not want everything on the list. However, these are all popular kitchen essentials for most people to have in their kitchen.
1. Broiler Pan
A broiler pan is a two-sheet baking pan. The top layer has grooves with holes that allow grease to drop through the drip tray. It will not warp, even if you are broiling something at the maximum temperature your oven allows.
One of the best things about a broiling pan is that it allows you to brown your food and seals in its natural moisture. It is also healthier because the greases that are in foods will drip through. When dinner is done, you can typically just toss it into the dishwasher.
2. Fry Pan
Whether you are frying meats or cooking pancakes for your family, a frypan will allow you to cook it all. You can also use it for searing and sauteing, making French fries, and a variety of other things. A frying pan is one of the main things you will depend on constantly.
Choosing one that is non-stick is the way to go for most people. It will allow you to fry battered foods and not risk losing the crumbles.
3. Gas Cooktop
A gas cooktop allows you to cook any food. One reason that people tend to prefer them is that they heat quickly and cool off instantly. They also allow you to heat a pan or a pot equally across the bottom. If you have a gas line already installed, then you will have no problem setting up a gas cooktop. If you are without a gas line, you may want to consider electric cooktops instead.
4. Grill Pan
A grill pan is ideal for rainy days when you want to grill but can’t. These pans have the ability to put grill lines in your meat, similar to those that a grill will leave behind. With the ridges that are in the pan, greases will not be held against the meat or vegetables that you are preparing. This keeps them healthier.
The pan is going to be easy to clean and it can cook anything that your grill can. What more could you want from a pan?
5. Muffin Tray
A muffin tray, or muffin pan, is designed for cooking muffins or cupcakes. Typically, they allow you to cook 6-12 muffins with each pan. You can also use these trays to make individual quiches and breakfast cups. You can find recipes online for a variety of things from pizza cups to egg omelets. Most of these trays clean up easily and don’t stick to the foods you prepare.
Most people enjoy eating a big pot of soup occasionally. We enjoy a large bowl of chili, we like a big bowl of spaghetti, blanching stuff from our garden, and more. These things cannot be prepared properly, unless you have a large pot to cook it in. There are nonstick pots and stainless-steel pots. Both promises to be easy to clean and available in a variety of sizes.
A skillet is basically the same as a frying pan, but it depends on what type you have. There are standard skillets that are available in stainless steel or nonstick. You can also choose a cast iron skillet, which some people claim will make the best chicken you have ever tasted. Either way, they will be a great way for you to prepare your dinner because of their nice size and their ability to hold plenty of oil for whatever recipe you are using.
If you have a fondness for steamed vegetables, you need a food steamer. The steamers that are available today allow you to prepare grains, lentils, and virtually any other vegetable imaginable. Steamed vegetables taste awesome. You can avoid cooking with oil or fat, even if you steam meats or, as most people do, fresh fish. We hope that you like how well they cook your foods as much as others do!
Kitchen electronics covers a long list of kitchen essentials that you may want. They are all designed to make life simpler for you when you are preparing meals for yourself and your family. Most of the ones on our list have multiple uses to ensure that they do what you need them to do.
From vegetables to ice cubes, anything can be put into a blender. It has one purpose, to take something chunky and make it smoother. You can use fresh fruit and vegetables to make a puree, you can blend milk and ice cream to make milkshakes, and you can crush ice for chilling drinks.
These devices are useful in a variety of situations from commercial to home. What will you use it for?
10. Breakfast Station
A breakfast station is something that is ideal for small kitchens and apartments. These machines allow you to brew coffee, make eggs, and toast your sausages or bread. You do not need different machines in your kitchen. These kitchen essentials taking up your little bit of counter space. You don’t need a separate coffee maker and toaster oven or even stoves. You can also turn on the oven and coffee maker, shower, cook your eggs (depending on how you want them) and be out the door without any headaches. In the right situation, these are ideal.
11. Dishwasher Machine
In many homes, a dishwasher seems like a mandatory appliance. They are everywhere. These appliances allow you to put dirty dishes inside and walk away. When you return, they are clean, dry, and ready to use again. These kitchen essentials can free up our time when normally we would have to stand at a kitchen sink and wash everything by hand.
Dishwasher machines are available in different sizes. They have different features that promise simplistic operation at the push of a button. Some may sterilize and others may just wash. Which you choose should be based on your needs and the space that you have available for it.
12. Hand Mixer
A hand mixer or an immersion blender is a great thing to put on the kitchen essentials list because they allow you to mix anything with ease. You can whip cream, mix batter, make salad dressings, and much more. You can also use it to puree canned tomatoes, make milkshakes, and the other things that a blender may do. However, most are a lot easier to clean than a blender and take up less space if you need to store it for a while.
A kitchen hood is a mechanical fan that is mounted above your cooktop or stove. It is designed to remove things from your kitchen that may leave an odor behind. All foul odors, smoke, heat, airborne greases, and steam can be pulled into the fan and vented out of the house or through filters that clean it.
Just as an example, let’s say you cooked dinner last night and did not realize something was burnt onto your flat stovetop or burners. You crank up the heat to prepare tonight’s dinner and it begins to smoke and smell horrible. Things happen like this all the time. You can remove that smoke and stench by turning on the fan over your stovetop. It is easy and effective!
14. Kitchen Scale
We have all been in a situation where a recipe calls for 2-ounces or 1-pound of an ingredient. How do you know how much a pound is? A kitchen scale eliminates the guesswork so that you can prepare your recipes exactly as you should. These kitchen essentials could be very important if you are baking something new. It will also eliminate you having to use so many mixing bowls and measuring spoons. You simply put the ingredients in a bowl and measure it out. For those of us that still wash dishes by hand or cook large, time-consuming recipes-it can be a really good thing!
For many, an oven in the kitchen is more than a luxury, it is a necessity. Having an oven means you can bake healthy meats. You can also use it to create sweet treats, such as cookies and cakes. Pizza night is made simple by having a way to prepare your own. It is all done with an oven, either along with your stove or separate. Some people even have two ovens in their home because they rely on them so much!
16. Pizza Maker
If you eat a lot of pizzas or enjoy making them from scratch, a pizza maker could be the ideal solution for your family. Some are shaped like a brick oven, open so that you slide your pizza in. Others have a rotating table and a heat source that cooks while the pizza spins. Both styles promise to cook a variety of sized pizzas and do it quickly.
Once upon a time, we used ice and cold water to keep our meats fresh and drinks cold. Luckily, times have changed. We have stepped into the not-so-stone-aged era where we can have cold drinks and fresh foods by simply walking into our kitchen. It is all thanks to our refrigerator.
Refrigerators come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can choose a small one for your dorm, shop, or apartment. Also, You can choose the standard fridge on the bottom, freezer on the top. You may even choose to have the freezer on the bottom. There are side-by-sides as well. Then you get into high tech options that have smart capabilities, three doors, and anything else you can imagine or want.
18. Salad Spinner
We all know that washing our fresh fruits and vegetables before we eat them is best. It eliminates germs and chemicals that our foods may have come into contact with before we brought it home. However, if you are eating fresh greens or lettuce, it can also be a chore to wash. Can you ever get rid of all the water before it makes it wilted and gross?
If you have a salad spinner, you absolutely can! That is what they are made for. You wash your greens and then use the spinner to apply a centrifugal force which separates the excess water from your leafy vegetables. As a bonus, when you put salad dressing on them, the dressing will stay where you put it and have a better flavor because it will not be watered down.
19. Sandwich Maker
If you have kids that love grilled cheese sandwiches, you could enjoy having a sandwich maker. They are designed to press and cook two sides of a sandwich at one time. It is faster and the brownness of each side is more equal in appearance. Your sandwich maker may also cut the grilled cheese while it cooks.
You can also cook paninis, hash browns, and a variety of other “sandwiches” in a sandwich press. You may also use it to cook brownies if you find the right sandwich maker.
A thermometer is a good idea for the kitchen. You can have meat thermometers that allow you to take the guesswork out of “is it really done or not”? When eating poultry, it should have an internal temperature of at least 165. These kitchen essentials will ensure that there are no bacteria in it, even near the bone. You can also use it when baking some desserts that may require a specific temperature for their ingredients. One example of this is fudge, which will not turn out right if it isn’t prepared at the right temperature. Too hot or too cold and it will not set properly.
Who doesn’t love a slice of buttery toast with jelly or jam on it? It is a quick and easy breakfast food that can be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. You can get it with a simple toaster. What you may not realize is that your toaster can do other things as well.
For instance, you can toss a waffle into your toaster. You can buy waffles from the store or you can make some and freeze them. When you want a waffle, simply pop it in the toaster to heat it up. Veggie burgers can also be cooked in your toaster if you have frozen patties. You can prepare garlic bread toast, heat up pastries, and much more. You can also do more than two at a time if you have a larger sized toaster.
22. Waffle Maker
If you want to make waffles, for your breakfast, dinner, or freezer for another time, then you need a waffle maker. The waffle maker allows you to turn simple pancake mix into a waffle with little effort. You can then add your own twists to it. Add chocolate chips, pecans, or our personal favorite, cinnamon. When you make your own, you can put whatever you want to into it.
Want to try out a few new ideas with your waffle maker? There are plenty out there. Mac ‘n Cheese waffles, omelet waffles, apple crisps, and cinnamon roll waffles, just to name a few! All will cook quickly and consistently.
It takes a lot to prepare a good, wholesome meal. There are a lot of little kitchen essentials things that can speed up the process and help you get done with the preparation so you can enjoy the meal you have worked to provide. This will also give you more time to relax and visit with those who are there to enjoy the meals with you.
23. Can Opener
You actually have two options with this: manual or electric powered. Basically, every kitchen, whether in a home, a cabin in the woods, a tent, or an RV needs a can opener. This is because we all use some type of canned foods when we prepare most meals. It may be canned vegetables, canned sauces, and more, they all need a can opener.
24. Cutting Board
A cutting board is a good kitchen preparation tool because it does make clean up a lot easier. With a cutting board, you avoid the risk of having raw vegetables being prepared where meat was cut on the counters. You can worry a little less about germs spreading around to your prepared foods, cups, silverware, etc. All you have to do is use your board, then toss it in the sink or dishwasher. The mess goes with it.
They are also good for ensuring you do not damage your countertop when chopping foods. No matter what you are cutting, slicing, or chopping, the board may get damaged, but the counters will be fine.
Have you ever been in a kitchen where there were no dishes? Chances are good, the answer to this question is NO. Plates, bowls, serving bowls, platters, etc. Most of us have more dishes than we need because we end up with special ones for special occasions including holiday meals and Sunday dinners. You have the option of using paper, but for most of us, we get tired of disposable plates.
26. Fish Turner
If you love cooking and eating fish, some people swear you need a fish turner. These kitchen essentials are designed to allow you to flip and remove fish fillets when cooking them without the risk of tearing the flesh. This is good because a fish’s skin is very tender, especially when you are frying or baking them.
As a bonus, they can also assist you when you are cooking pancakes, grilling burgers, or removing items from your roasting pan. Whether you feel you have a need for it or not, we promise you will likely find a use for it.
If you have ever attempted to prepare dinner with a dull knife, you know that a good quality knife is vital. A high-quality knife is going to typically be heavier and easier to use. Most are also built to last for several years for use without worry. In the event that it does start to go dull, you can usually bring quality knives back around with minimal effort.
28. Knife Sharpener
A quality knife sharpener is designed to give new life, quickly and effectively, to your knives. The better the blade is, the easier it will be to sharpen. Most knife sharpeners are made with either Novaculite, silicon carbide, or aluminum oxide. Our hope is that you find a quality one that can tackle all of your favorite knives.
A ladle is one of the kitchen essentials. It has a long-handled spoon that has a bowl on the end of it. They are mostly used with soups or gravy as a way to get a fair amount of broth without draining it. Most ladles have a bowl size that ranges from 4-ounces to 8-ounces. You may also find other uses for your ladle. For instance, one of the larger sized ones will dip out enough pancake batter for a perfect waffle or pancake.
30. Measuring Cup
No matter what you are cooking for dinner tonight, there is a good chance you need a specific amount of water, oil, butter, or other stuff. You can “guess” at it sometimes and get it reasonably close, but not always. For those times when it needs to be exact, or when you don’t want to ruin a new recipe, you need a way to measure it out. The easiest way of handling it is a measuring cup. You can buy cup sets that hold specific amounts in each cup, like a measuring spoon, or you can choose a full cup with different lines for different measurements.
31. Rolling Pin
Rolling Pin is one of the kitchen essentials. In today’s world, biscuits can come in a can. However, if you are devoted to fresh biscuits, making your own pie crusts, dumplings, pizza crust, etc., a little help is normally appreciated. A rolling pin is a tool that has been around for many years. It is designed to flatten flour or dough to ensure you can cook the things you want with ease.
A kitchen without spoons is not very effective. You will want, and need, serving spoons. Most are metal or plastic. They are larger than a silverware spoon, which makes them great for dipping out a plate of food for your family. The plastic or longer metal handles stay cool enough that you can cook with them and not worry about getting burned.
Tongs are one of the kitchen essentials. It is useful for a variety of things in the kitchen. You can use them for salads so that you do not bruise the vegetables with a fork or spoon, and you do not spread germs with your fingers. Most salad tongs have a spoon and fork scoop.
You can also use your tongs, to help you grab foods that are cooking. Fried chicken, pork chops, and other things are easier to pick up if you have something gripping each side of it at one time. These tongs are typically smaller than those for salad. They may be flatter as well. Both will be very useful in the right situation.
34. Vegetable Peeler
Vegetables do have peelings that we may not always want to eat. Potatoes, carrots, and others have very thin peelings that can be scraped off with minimal effort. A peeler is designed to help. It cleans the outer layer to remove imperfections from carrots. Potatoes have less wasted potato than using a knife to remove the skin if you use a vegetable peeler. Overall, if you are going to cook, you may need one of these handy little tools.
A whisk is used to blend things that you are preparing. Typically, they are used when a recipe requires you to “whip” something. For instance, a whisk can be used for egg whites and cakes to make them lighter and fluffier. You can whip whole eggs for your omelets to make them fluffier as well. For some chefs, it is something they would not be able to live without in the kitchen.
36. Wine Opener
Most wine bottles have a cork in them. If you do not have the proper tools, this can make them virtually impossible to open. A wine opener will make things much simpler. They have a corkscrew that can attach to the bottle of wine. You twist it so that the corkscrew goes into the cork. Then, as you twist the knob or the handle in the other direction, it will slowly pull the cork out.
Food Storage Containers
From leftovers to storing foods while you wait to prepare them, food storage containers are always good to have around. The food storage items that we have on our list are both practical and helpful no matter what it is you are trying to do. Maybe with our help, you will rediscover something you forgot about and it will make everything you do a little easier in the future.
37. Egg Box
Every carton of eggs is an egg box that you can use. It protects your eggs and keeps them from cracking because of a sudden bump. This is why your grocery store uses them. At home, you wouldn’t want to leave your eggs rolling around in your fridge. You will likely keep them in the carton that they came in. However, you can also get an egg box that is made of plastic. This will protect your eggs and look nicer than a carton.
38. Ice Cube Tray
Not all people or refrigerators have an automatic ice maker, but most of us still want a cold drink sometimes. Ice cube trays are designed to make manageable cubes of ice that can be used in your drink glasses and your cooler, depending on what you are doing. All you have to do is put water in, let them freeze, and twist the tray to pop them out. You can also add Kool-Aid, juices, or other things to the tray if you do not want your drinks to be “watered down”. Some people also put fruits, mint, and other things in the tray with the water.
A jar can be used in the same way that we use plastic storage bowls. They are designed to hold the things we do not need right now. If you have leftover spaghetti sauce, you can put it in a jar, put it in the refrigerator, and save it for later. Jars are also useful if you enjoy canning fresh foods that you have grown in your garden.
40. Lunch Box
A lunch box makes a great storage area for foods, especially if you would rather not have to buy food at school or work. You can put soups, sandwiches, and anything else inside. Depending on the lunch box that you have, it may be insulated to keep foods cold or warm.
No matter how you look at it, a kitchen has the potential to be a very dirty place. We prepare raw meat and eggs in this area, which can spread bacteria. Our families also spend a lot of time in the kitchen searching for snacks to enjoy and foods to eat. Luckily, there are a lot of different cleaning tools available that may help you get beyond the mess so that you can feel good about your family being in it more often.
A broom is a necessity for cleaning. Mostly, they have plastic bristles or straw. Their job is to “sweep” dirt and sand to an area where you can pick it up, typically with a dustpan. Most brooms can get into tight areas where vacuums cannot go.
The main reason we use a bucket in cleaning is to hold water and detergent or soaps that we may use to clean. Consider for a moment what happens if you run water into your sink and mop your floor, rinsing the mop in the sink. You may end up with a lot of dirt in the sink that is hard to remove. By using a bucket, you pour it outside and you are done.
Mops remove the left-over dirt that sweeping may miss on a hardwood or vinyl floor. It may also give you the ability to remove stains from the floor as well. This depends on the detergent that you use.
The type of mop that you choose to use may be different from what your neighbor your friend uses. This is because there are many different styles. Wetjets, spin mops, rope mops, cloth mops, and much more. They are all good options for the right situation, but you ultimately have to decide which one you feel most comfortable using.
44. Rubber Gloves
Some detergents that we use during cleaning can dry out our hands. Some shouldn’t be in contact with our skin at all. If you are using this type of stuff to deep clean your home, a pair of rubber gloves will give you the protection that you need. It keeps the chemicals off your hands so that you don’t have to worry about your health or your skin.
45. Scrub Pad
Sometimes a dishrag is enough to get the gross stuff off your counters, dishes, and stovetops. At other times, you could waste a whole lot of “elbow-grease” trying to scrub things down with a mere rag. A scrub pad allows you to work at it a little easier. Many of the ones available today are soft enough to not damage a surface but strong enough to remove even stuck-on foods or stains.
46. Spray Bottle
Spray bottles are always nice to have around. Whether you have one or twenty, we feel that most people will find plenty of uses for them. You can mix up different cleaners, buy cleaners in bulk and then use smaller bottles to make it usable, and have bleach with water mixed and ready when you need it. Either way, it will make all your cleaning tasks easier.
If you have a lot of spray bottles, you can use a permanent marker to write on the bottle what is inside of them. This will ensure that you do not grab the bleach when you simply want to make your floors smell nicer.
47. Trash Bags
Whether you have small trash cans or bins in your bathroom, large ones in your kitchen, or supersized ones in your yard, a trash bag should be inside of them before trash goes near it. It makes clean up a lot easier and can keep the odors down as well. There are all different sizes of trash bags available.
One thing that really helps us enjoy trash bags is that now many of the kinds available have added scents. The scent is designed to help your home smell nice and not like the stuff that we toss into the trash bin.
48. Trash Bin
What do you do with trash if you have no bin to put it into? The truth is one of the kitchen essentials items that you can’t forget. If we do not have a space that can hold our garbage, our house may never get clean. Whether it’s a scrap of paper, junk mail, or anything else. We would live in clutter and disarray if we didn’t have a bin near our computer area, in our kitchen, bathroom, and other areas of our home.
49. Vacuum Cleaner
Homes that have carpet will want to have a vacuum cleaner. You could use a broom to sweep your carpet, but to effectively get it clean, you need to be able to pull sand and hair out of the deepest fibers of the carpet. A broom will only clean the surface. The air from a vacuum reaches deep and sucks up the trash that may be unseen by your eyes.
You have several brands available to choose from. There are pet vacuums that promise to pick up more pet hair than standard vacuums. There are those that can go from thick carpets to tile flooring. You have to choose a vacuum that will work best for your home and your needs.
Good or bad, there are certain things our kitchen essentials will require. Sinks, stoves, refrigerators, are just a few things. We have put together a list of those necessities as well as the many options that are available for each one of them. Is there something your kitchen is missing that will make it more efficient?
50. Cupboard Cabinet
A cupboard is a great place to store every kitchen essentials from dishes to food items that do not need to be refrigerated. Some people use it for dishes that are needed for special occasions. They are very often used as a pantry because they have a lot of shelves, which allows us to sort out our food into categories. They are also larger than traditional kitchen cabinets.
If your home doesn’t have a cupboard built-in, you can often pick them up if you have space to put them in other areas of your kitchen. We suggest trying to compliment the colors and style of your cabinets.
51. Dish Rack
Whether you have a dishwashing machine or choose to hand wash your dishes each day, a dish rack is always important for kitchen essentials. Some are designed to hold dishes while they dry. Others are more decorative so that you can keep your plates, bowls, and other dishes on display while freeing up your counter space.
They are also available in a variety of sizes and materials. Some may fit in or over the sink, while others are meant to be set beside the sink. There are wooden dish racks, as well as metal or plastic.
Could you imagine a kitchen or bathroom without a faucet? That would not be much fun! Luckily, we don’t have to think too hard about what it would be like! What you may not know is that you can get a faucet that works well for your needs. They are no longer one-size-fits-all or either with a sprayer or without.
Let’s say you want a sleek looking faucet with a sprayer, but don’t want an extra hole in your sink. No problem! You can choose a pull-down faucet that has the sprayer built-in. A pull-out faucet is basically the same thing, except its body works in a straight line. Single or double-handled faucets are also available, depending on the style you like and how easy you want it to be to adjust. Commercial style faucets are tall and may offer multiple spraying options. Pot filling faucets mount above your stove to fill pots without you having to lift them. Today’s faucets can even be equipped with motion detection to make it more sanitary when you wash your hands. Which one will you choose?
53. Kitchen Sliding Hooks
A sliding hook in your kitchen will allow you to hang up some of your kitchen essentials, your pots, pans, and cooking utensils so that you can find what you are looking for easier. To take advantage of it, you hang the slider and hooks. Then hang your kitchen essentials on it. When you are looking through your items, you simply slide the “wrong” ones out of the way. This saves you from dealing with messy clutter in your cabinets and will help your time in the kitchen be more productive.
Who doesn’t like having shelves in the kitchen? Whether they are inside a cabinet, cupboard, or pantry, you will always find something to store on a shelf. Some may also be used purely for decoration, to hold plates that you have collected over the years, or to hold trinkets. Some shelves for the kitchen may sit above your sink.
The sole purpose of a shelf is to give you more space. Where you put it and how you use it is up to you.
A sink goes with a kitchen in the same way that a bathroom needs a toilet. It isn’t a kitchen if you cannot have running water for dishes, cooking, cleaning, and other things. It does not matter whether you have a double sink, a single sink, metal, or ceramic; you just need a sink sometimes. There is no real shortage of options for a kitchen sink, so you can put it where you want it and choose the style that meets your needs the best.
A kitchen is the heart of a home. We prepare foods, we talk with friends and family, we may do homework with our kids in this area above all others. It is also an area of our home where accidents happen. Grease splatters, knives cut, and any number of other things can go wrong. You can increase your kitchen’s safety by using the kitchen essentials tool listed below.
56. Finger Guard
Have you ever been chopping something and have the knife slip, cutting your finger? It is not an experience that most of us would call fun! In fact, most of us try to avoid doing it if possible! That is where the finger guard comes in. These little devices put a protective shield between your fingertips and the knife that you are using to cut and chop with. Some are made like rings that slip over your middle finger. Others are designed to fit like a cone over each of your fingers.
You can choose metal or plastic, depending on what your preferences are. Which one do you think will be more comfortable for you?
57. Fire extinguisher
No matter how careful we are, kitchen fires can, and sometimes do happen. A pot we forget to turn off, a little bit of grease splatter, anything can happen. Our hope is that you never witness it firsthand, but if a fire were to start in your kitchen, you need a way to put it out quickly. For most homeowners, a fire extinguisher is the best solution they could ever hope for in the case of an emergency.
If you can put out a fire as soon as it begins, you will save money in the long run. You will have to replace less and have less cleanup to deal with.
58. Fire Extinguisher Ball
One of the newest ways to fight fires in the home and in other situations is a fire extinguishing ball. These balls are relatively small when purchased for home use. You can leave them in a stationary position nearby where a fire could happen. They can automatically kick in if heat or smoke is detected. So this is a very important item that we can’t miss to put in our kitchen essentials list.
In other situations, they can also be tossed into a fire, ensuring that you never have to get close to it. In some ways, this is better than a traditional fire extinguisher, but it is all about your personal preferences.
59. Gas Detector
Considering natural gas is odorless, you have no way of knowing that there is a leak. However, your body will know, and it could end up being very harmful to your family’s health.
Gas detectors are designed to detect when the air quality is lacking because it could mean that there are toxins present. They do it by being able to detect when oxygen levels are lowered. It is most beneficial if you heat or cook with gas, but because smoke lowers air quality, it can give you a backup smoke detector.
60. Smoke Detector
Where there is smoke, there is usually fire, or at least a lot of heat! Smoke detectors are able to sense the smoke and heat. They then sound an alarm that will wake up most people during deep sleep. This can allow you to get out of the house if there is a fire before it becomes something that hurts you or your family.
In most cases, you should have a smoke detector in your kitchen, in your bedrooms, living rooms, and on each floor of your home for the most protection. Admittedly, they may sometimes give a false alarm. For instance, if you burn something you are cooking. The times when they sound, and it isn’t a false alarm could save your life and your home.
You can choose to have a smoke detector that works for only smoke and heat, or you can have a combination detector that works for all carbon monoxides. If you do not have natural gas or propane in your home, the smoke detector could be all that you need, but ultimately it is up to you.
Final Thoughts for Kitchen Essentials
There you have it. Our 60 kitchen essentials list has come to an end. Many of the things on our list have been practical things that everyone should remember and own. Others may have been things that you did not consider or think about. If even one of our ideas has helped you transform your kitchen into a more functional area, then we have done our job. We hope that we have succeeded in making your life and all things kitchen related, easier.