I’ve shared a lot of my favorite kitchen tools over the years, but my recommendations are sprinkled all over my blog, which is not all that convenient for you.
So, I thought it would be handy to pull together all of my favorite kitchen gear into one spot.
(It’s a work in progress, so it’s not at all comprehensive at the moment! Bear with me.)
My Favorite Kitchen Equipment
- KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Mixer I love this mixer! It turns bread-making into an easy task and lasts forever. Well worth the money.
- Stainless Steel Scraper/Chopper This is a great helping hand for the early stages of kneading and is also super useful for scraping dough off the counter after kneading.
- Tovolo Stainless Steel Handle Silicone Spatula A great, durable spatula that’s flexible enough without being too soft. Comes in tons of fun colors too.
- Amco Stainless Steel Dry Measuring Cups I own a set that’s very similar to these, except I bought mine at Goodwill.
- Cuisipro Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons These are a great, sturdy basic measuring spoon.
- Williams Sonoma Goldtouch Loaf Pans I own the 1 pound and 1.5 pound loaf pans. The 1 pound is similar to a 4×8″ pan and the 1.5 is like a 9×5″ loaf pan.
- Vollrath Cookie Sheet This cookie sheet is CRAZY heavy duty, has no air insulation (yay!) and the light surface won’t burn your baked goods. Love.
- Lincoln Wear-Ever ® Standard Duty Half-Size Sheet Pan 18 Gauge I’ve got two of these and I mainly use them for roasting and for making granola.
- CIA Cooling Rack I own two of these, and I love ’em. They fit perfectly in my half sheet pans and the cross wires are so close together, nothing sags between the wires while cooling.
Stovetop Pots and Pans
I don’t really use nonstick pots and pans both because I feel a little bit nervous about the off-gassing they do and because the finish always wears off even on expensive nonstick pans.
Instead, I use stainless steel and cast iron pans, both of which should last me a lifetime.
I own two cast iron pans, neither of which are expensive.
I’ve had my little $15 8 inch Lodge skillet for years. It’s the perfect size for frying an egg or two, heating up a few pieces of sausage, or cooking a little bit of bacon. I use it pretty much every day!
My large 12-inch cast iron frying pan came from Aldi. They usually have cast iron pans once a year, so snap one up if you see them!
This Lodge L12SK3 Pre-Seasoned Cast-Iron Skillet, 13.25-inch is similar, though.
For stainless steel, I like All-Clad. They’re so expensive, but they’re such great quality, I feel they are worth the price. Rather than buy a boxed set, I’ve built my collection piece by piece so that I only have the pots and pans I REALLY want.
I love this pot. I own the 8 quart size, which is large enough for a gallon of yogurt or a family-size pot of soup.
The handles are perfect, and the rounded lip makes it very simple to pour liquids out of the pot. It heats evenly and even when I make yogurt, I don’t have burnt milk on the bottom of the pan!
I got this as a birthday present some years back, and I use it all the time. It doesn’t warp, it heats evenly, and has great browning power.
Definitely spring for the version with the lid, which has come in handy multiple times for me.
This is my newest pot: an adorable 2 quart size which is super-duper handy for small jobs. I love it to pieces!
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