Top 5 Kitchen Essentials

Whether you’re just starting out or just want to improve your kitchen there are certain tools of the trade that are a must have in every kitchen. And if you take care of them, and buy the best quality you can afford, you’ll have them for a lifetime! Here are my Top 5 Kitchen Essentials that I can’t live without:

1. Knives – 4 basic knives, chef’s knife, slicing knife, paring knife, serrated edge/bread knife. You don’t have to spend a lot of money. The right knife should feel good in your hand.
2. Cast iron skillets – Keep them well seasoned and use them every day. You can fry, bake, sauté – and they’re practically indestructible. Yes, you can wash them with soap, just don’t put them in the dishwasher. (Note we will do a full show on cast iron seasoning and care in the future).
3. Assorted cutting boards – I have a mixture of sizes and materials – both wood and plastic.
4. Dutch Oven – Enamel coated cast iron Dutch Ovens with a tight fitting lid are used for everything from deep frying, to searing, soups, braising and more. The are particularly well suited for slow cooking as they go directly from the stovetop to the oven.
5. Stick/probe thermometer – for that quick read of the temperature whether you’re cooking a steak or heating oil or monitoring a roast in the oven.

Listed below are links to Top 5 Kitchen Essentials. Let’s Celebrate TV is not compensated or endorses any of the products below. We do not receive any type of compensation and the links are provided to give our viewers a look at the high end, budget end and what Peter uses in his kitchen. Items that start with “***” are items that Peter owns and uses.

Knives & Knife Sets
Top of the Line Knife Set
J.A. Henckels Twin Gourmet 10-piece Knife Block Set

*** J.A Henckels International Classic Starter Knife Set, 3-piece

*** J.A Henckels International Classic Carving Knife

Budget Knife Set
Professional 6-Piece Knife by Aicok

Cast Iron Skillets
*** Lodge 12 Inch Cast Iron Skillet

*** Lodge Cast Iron Cornbread Wedge Pan

Cutting Boards
*** Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board

HOMWE Kitchen Cutting Board (3-Piece Set)

OXO Good Grips Cutting and Carving Board

Dutch Ovens
**** Tramontina Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven Combo, 2-Piece (7-Quart & 4-Quart)

Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Top of the Line
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 7-1/4-Quart Round Dutch Oven

Digital Thermometers
Top of the Line
Classic Super-Fast Thermapen

ThermoPro TP18 Ultra Fast Thermocouple Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometer

ThermoPro TP-16 Large LCD Digital Probe Cooking Food Meat Thermometer

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