A chef only needs three knives, according to Chris Morocco of Bon Appetite's test kitchen. An 8-inch chef's knife can slice just about everything, a 4-inch pairing knife can handle delicate work and a 9-inch serrated bread knife can take on various jobs from crusty bread to ripe tomatoes.
Pans, knives, a Dutch oven, cutting board and roasting rack are among the tools no kitchen should be without, according to Chris Kimball, host of “America’s Test Kitchen” and publisher of Cook’s Illustrated. Kimball says support gadgets like a garlic press, digital scale and salad spinners help round out a fully stocked kitchen.
The KitchenAid 12-piece forged cutlery set is designed to make quick work of kitchen slicing, dicing and carving tasks. The set of high-carbon stainless steel knives includes santoku, steak, paring, carving and utility knives.
Sharp knives, gel mats, solid cutting boards and cast-iron pots are among the kitchen tools named by chefs as essentials for the home kitchen. Chefs Paul Wade, Kirk Weems and David Walford are among the chefs who pick their favorites here.
There are certain tools that rank as essential to any kitchen. From a solid set of pots and pans, to knives and utensils, home cooks should seek to stock their kitchen with items that fit their individual cooking style and needs.