Must have kitchen gadgets-setting up your kitchen

Helpful hints for the must have kitchen gadgets that will make cooking more efficient and more fun.

Gadgets can save you money as they make cooking more efficient. There are gadgets that we really must have to start a kitchen and there are gadgets that just make cooking fun.

Some of you will be able to spend more money on setting up your kitchen than others but you will find there are gadgets for every budget. You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy cooking. The important thing is to enjoy what you have. Be happy.

Let’s start setting up the kitchen

First of all, set up a budget because you can very easily spend more money than you intended.

Once your budget is in place start with the items that are necessary.

You will have to have cookware (pots & pans). These are items that can break your budget if you are not careful. Choose the ones that will fit your needs.

Next on the list is tableware. This includes plates and flatware. The cookware come in many pretty colors and so does tableware. Everything can be one color or if you wish, you can mix and match. Flatware, (knives & forks) can also be matched. If you are not into color, you can still go for white.

We can’t forget glassware. If you have children I suggest you find pretty plastic ware, which is durable (saves broken glasses) and you can find colors to match everything else.

There are many choices today that can brighten our kitchens. Let’s have fun with this and most of all be happy.

Must have gadgets

There are tons of gadgets for the kitchen. A lot of them are really necessary for an efficient kitchen but a lot of them are not. Today I am going to list the ones that I think are necessary.

  • A spatula is good for many things. You can use it as a turner when frying food such as eggs. It can be used as a server for cake or pie. I believe it is one off the most versatile gadgets in my kitchen. It a good idea to have silicone or coated gadgets as most of your pans will be non-stick.
  • Slotted spoon is excellent for dipping items removing something from boiling water. It is also good for stirring.
  • Solid spoon is an all-purpose gadget good for any stirring project or can be used as a serving spoon. I have different sizes because pots and pans and bowls are not all the same size.
  • Whisk is good for whipping just about anything. They come in different sizes but a medium size will work for most projects.
  • Oven mitt- there are different ones but make sure it is not going to burn through.
  • Kitchen shears-make sure you get a good grade (they are not really expensive) because you will find you use them a lot.
  • Manuel Can opener- even if you have an electric one- there is always the possibility of a power outage. ( I live in Florida)
  • Several sizes of knives-There are not many projects in a kitchen that do not require a knife. Since every project is different it takes knives of different sizes.
  • Measuring cup- you will be surprised how many times you use it. Most recipes have ingredients that have to be measured. They also come in many colors. Some people prefer glass but they do come in metal and plastic. Your preference is what you need to purchase.
  • Measuring spoons are necessary the same as measuring cups. They also come in all the colors. Again metal, glass or plastic, which ever one is your personal preference.
  • Mixing bowls are something that you need to have, They are multipurpose bowls. They can be used for mixing and also for serving. You can find them in all the color if you buy the durable plastic one. They come in glass also but they will probably be clear but that will work with your colors.
  • Electric hand held mixer-you will find that even if you have a stand mixer, you will need to have a hand held one for the convenience. The small jobs are much easier with type of mixer.
  • Cheese grater-this is basically an all-purpose grater but it is called a cheese grater, You can grate anything that you need to.
  • Toaster-even tho this is not really a gadget, a toaster is a necessary item for the kitchen. They also come in many sizes and colors so it really personal preference.

Most of these items come in a variety of color and prices. Research is you answer. Find the one that you will give you the most benefit. This covers the basics so you can get started.

Have fun and enjoy cooking, it can be fun to see what you create.

Expanding beyond the must have.

There are many, many kitchen gadgets that listing them all would be way beyond reality. Here is a list of a few item that will enhance your cooking experience.

  • Blender-a blender is a multi-purpose item. What you decide to buy Is a decision that depends on your needs and your budget. They can be just a juicer or a multi-purpose item.
  • Food processor-There again there are many choices. They are a very handy gadget to have. Decide what you are going to be using it for, them decide which one is your best choice.
  • Deep fryer-A fryer is a useful item if you like fried food. There are also choices, single or double baskets. The choice you make will depend on your need.
  • Microwave-This item comes in many sizes so check them out and decide what works for you.
  • Egg Cooker-if you use boiled eggs often, this is a gadget for you.
  • Instant-pot- This is a versatile cooking concept. The is an electric pot that make cooking faster.
  • Slow cooker- A slow cooker is great for having meals ready when you return home from a busy day. A slow cooker also comes in different sizes and colors.
  • Coffee Maker-if you like just coffee or if you like varsity there is a coffee maker for you.

Just the tip of the iceberg

This article has only touched the tip of the iceberg, there are tons of gadgets, far too many to mention. Enjoy searching for the right item for your needs. Have as much fun with it as I do but if it isn’t fun but has to be done , hopefully this article will help.

I have covered a few of the items I think are needed for the kitchen and some that we think we have to have. Kitchen gadgets can be must have gadgets or the can be helpful item that we buy to make our lives easier.


I hope this information will help you decide what you must have and what we can get over time. I have enjoyed my kitchen gadgets over the years, I have all the necessary gadgets but I have accumulated, over time, many of the gadgets that are just fun to have.

Enjoy cooking. Kitchen gadgets will save you time and money.

The most important thing is Be Happy and enjoy what you are doing.

Feedback is welcome and appreciated.



How To Buy Kitchen Gadgets Review-Suggestions On What To Look For

When you are ready to buy kitchen gadgets, there are so many options that it is best to decide what your needs and yours wants are before you buy. Because there are so many options you may buy something that is not going to fill your needs. I am going to give you ideas of what to look for and what to expect and give you some knowledge how to buy kitchen gadgets that will last a long time.

Buy kitchen gadgets that are durable

Your choices are endless especially when buying small gadgets. The important thing is pricing. You can buy kitchen gadgets priced cheap, which is usually what they are, to a very high price, which can be more than they are worth.
Decide what your budget is. Then start looking at your options. You will probably get a little overwhelmed but narrow your search to the items you want to buy and are in your price range. You always want to get the most for your money so check the quality, what is it made of.
If metal is what you are looking for, is it stainless steel or some other metal that may not hold up as well. There are lots of metals, make sure you know that is going to last.

If you are looking for silicone, make sure it is firm, if it is too flexible, it will probably not hold up. When looking at plastic, make sure it is durable and depending on what you are using it for, check if it is heat-resistant.

Glass items are breakable. If you are going to buy kitchen gadgets that are made of glass, I suggest you check the weight of the item, the heavier it is, the more durable it will be but there again glass will break. When you buy glass ovenware, make sure it is stamped oven proof.

Small kitchen gadgets are usually not an expensive item to replace but we want the most for our money. Everyone has a different situation and a different need and we all like what we like, for whatever reason. My best advice is make yourself happy whatever you choose.

Choosing stainless steel

Purchasing cookware can be a difficult decision. Stainless steel is a very durable substance and is more expensive. If you buy stainless, it should be a good quality product. Stainless steel will not rust or corrode. A high quality stainless steel, if used properly will last a lifetime.
Stainless Steel can withstand a higher heat than non-stick so it will cook faster but, you need to realize that you cannot just leave it, you usually have to be attentive or your meal can be ruined very quickly. If you like to sear your meats and make sauces and gravies from renderings, you need stainless steel, You can’t do this with non-stick.

In order to cook with stainless steel you need to use lots of butter or oil to prevent the food from sticking. Some people don’t like this,as they feel it is unhealthy. If you do not use enough butter, etc, your food will stick and burn, therefore your project will be ruined.

Just about all professionals use high quality stainless steel but cooking is their job. Cooking with stainless steel can be a challenge and needs patience and practice. If you can afford it and want a challenge, then stainless steel will work for you.

Be sure to read all the manufactures recommendations before you start cooking your first meal. It will save you some gray hairs.

Choosing non-stick

Non-stick is completely opposite of stainless steel. You can buy high quality for less money. Of course, there are choices to consider in a wide range of prices.
As you know non-stick is a coating, which makes it necessary for you use either wooden, silicone or non-stick utensils. If you don’t, you will scratch the surface and the pan will be ruined. Once the non-stick has been broken, the pan is unsafe.


With non-stick your pans will do just what it says, the food won’t stick, therefore clean up is easy. Cooking is also easier, because you don’t have to be as attentive as with stainless steel. Your cooking will take a little longer because you cannot use high heat.

You cannot sear your meats, so you will not have renderings for gravies and sauces. If these are foods you like to cook, purchase a stainless steel pan for that purpose.

When choosing any cookware, price can be a factor. Anodized (coating) pans are very popular and the price is reasonable. Your personal preference will the deciding factor.

When it is time to buy kitchen gadgets that are non-stick, I believe a better quality will save you money in the long run. They are less apt to scratch or stick and won’t need to be replaced.

Many people are concerned that non- stick is unsafe. Studies have shown they are safe unless you overheat them to a temperature of around 500 degrees. Since we don’t know how high the temperature is, it is recommended that you never heat an empty pan. It is also recommended that if you burn the pan, do not use it again as it could be unsafe. If you follow the manufactures instructions, you should not encounter any problems.

Choosing silicone vs non-stick gadgets (utensils)

When it is time to buy kitchen gadgets, with so many people buying non-stick, you can buy silicone or non-stick in just about every item there is. Some gadgets will not come in silicone but the ones you while cooking will usually be either. Items that have to very sturdy will not come in silicone for obvious reasons.

Silicone gadgets are made from a soft, pliable rubber- like substance, which is safe for us to use. Non-stick cookware requires that you use either silicone or non-stick or wooden .

Non-stick gadgets are made from metal with a hard non-stick coating. You will need to check the quality of these item. The cheaper ones may crack and peel leaving them unusable. Metal handles can rust or get pits in them. Non-stick can be very durable if you buy a better quality product.

Both silicone and non-stick are dishwasher safe. Both are safe for use during the cooking process. The heat from cooked food will not harm either.

When you are ready to choose, the choice of either, silicone or non- stick, is not a bad choice as long as it will make cooking fun and easier for you.

Wooden utensils are great if that is your choice. Your options will be much more limited.


When you are ready to make your purchase, there are many choices. The best choice is the one that works for you and your situation. Knowing your options will help you learn how to buy the kitchen gadgets you want and need.

There are pros and cons for every item on the market so before you invest your money remember to buy what you can afford and what will give you the best quality for your money. Remember when you buy kitchen gadgets, which can include cookware, buy what makes cooking fun for you.

Cooking can be a chore but you can make it into a fun experience. Make educated choices so that it is enjoyable.

Any questions, please ask. All comments are welcome.






About me

Welcome to gadgets for all kitchens.


I have always enjoyed the many gadgets that are available for the kitchen.

As a working mother of three, it was not always easy to fix a meal in a limited amount of time. My husband enjoyed buying things for the kitchen that made my life easier. He was responsible for my interest in gadgets.

We didn’t always have a lot of money so I was grateful for those gifts that made cooking a pleasing experience. Not only did the gadgets make cooking more fun, but also saved us money.

One of my favorite pastimes is looking at kitchen gadgets. New, useful and fun items are appearing all the time to make cooking more fun and less time consuming.



I enjoy the help that I have gotten from my kitchen gadgets over the years so I want to pass the information that I have learned on to others. Like most items today, it is necessary to be informed about what you are buying.

If I can make someones life easier and more enjoyable that will be my pleasure.


My goal is to inform the men and women that are responsible for cooking the family meals of the gadgets that can make this task easier. I hope to make cooking simpler and more fun, along with saving them money.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave me a question or comment and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best.