Cooking Basics: Utensil Cheat Sheet

For those new to cooking, the lack of proper tools is the first obstacle that many encounter. Thus, I have compiled a kitchen cheat sheet of utensils for the aspiring chef that will help reduce if not eliminate those first obstacles.  The quality and brand are up to you, but knowing the main things to have in the kitchen when the time comes is half the battle!



  • Use: To flip, turn and pick up food from the bottom with ease.
  • Common Uses:  Eggs, Pancakes, Hamburgers, seared fish and meats, etc.



  • Use: To mix, scoop and serve large portions of liquids or other liquid like foods.
  • Common Uses:  Soups and Stews

Basting Brush

Basting Brush

  • Use: To brush proteins with oils, sauces, juices and other marinades.
  • Common Uses: Baked, Grilled, and broiled meats, fish, and vegetables

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon

  • Use: To mix without scraping pots and pans, withstands heat and is durable.
  • Common Uses: Versatile.

Locking Tongs

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  • Use: To pick up, flip and mix with greater precision.
  • Common Uses: Versatile but often used for baked, grilled, and broiled meats, fish, and vegetables.

Cutting Board & Knife


  • Use: Cutting board is used to cut food while protecting counter tops from scrapes, cuts and food bacteria.
  • Common Uses: Usually used to cut vegetables and proteins.


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  • Use: To grate or shred foods into fine pieces.
  • Common Uses: Cheese, Potato, and fruit peels.

Vegetable Peeler

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  • Use: To peel the skin off a vegetable.
  • Common Dishes: Vegetables and Potatoes


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  • Use: To open wine, vinegar and certain oils needed for cooking.
  • Common Uses: Any dish using the above ingredients.

Can Opener

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  • Use: To open cans
  • Common Uses: Canned Beans, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Fish

Measuring Cup

Measuring Cup

  • Use: To correctly measure both liquids and solids.
  • Common Uses: Versatile.


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