What Are The Most Useful Kitchen Appliances?

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So this is going to be a nice little list post of what The Kitchen Guy (me) thinks are some of the most useful kitchen appliances to have on hand in your kitchen.

Notice that I use the term “Useful.” I did this on purpose because I think that sometimes the simplest things derive the greatest usefulness.

That is to say that some overlooked kitchen tools are more useful for us than some super crazy complicated device that can both mash potatoes and but a chicken at the same time (NOTE: This does not exist as far as The Kitchen Guy is aware!).

So without further ado:

What Are The Most Useful Kitchen Appliances?

High-Quality Kitchen Knife Set

This could only be number 1, right!

From slicing to dicing; a quality set of kitchen knives is going to make your life easier and your cooking better as a result of making more refined, more uniform cuts – essential to creating a beautiful looking dish, but more importantly; to make your products cook in a more even fashion.

The basics you should look out for when thinking about getting yourself a set should include:

  • Price
  • Weight
  • Forged or Stamped
  • What comes in the set

The Kitchen Guy has already reviewed 5 of the best affordable set of kitchen knives that you should have a look at afterward. 

You should also check out our post on the different types of Japanese kitchen knives.

As for the last one, the main knives you need to make sure come with your set include:

  • Chef’s – The essential knife in your kitchen, well, they don’t call it the chef’s knife for nothing! Truly versatile and can be used for a variety of tasks. You will need to aim for an 8 – 10-inch blade, with the 10 inches being the preferred among many pros. You will be using this one for 90% of your kitchen tasks, so make sure to get a good one and look after it.
  • Paring– If the chef’s knife is known as the slicer & dicier; then the paring one is the slicer & mincer. OK, not as cool sounding, but just underneath the chef’s knife in terms of importance. You will be using this for smaller foods that are too fiddly for a 10-inch blade, as well as food that requires greater attention to detail.
  • Serrated – The one that I see all too often being used in the wrong way, i.e., chopping instead of slicing. If you are guilty of this, hang your head in shame. This type of knife is used in a sawing motion for foods that are not suited to a chef’s knife, such as:
    • Bread
    • Ingredients with a waxy surface; tomatoes, bell peppers, citrus fruits, etc
  • Boning– Used to cut the flesh away from bones. Shaped as it is to maneuver around tricky bones such as ribs and legs, the blade’s extra flex and thinness make your life easier. NOT to be used to cut through bones; it is way too delicate, and you will ruin it
  • Honing Steel – Looking after your knife set involves more than just hand washing them and storing them away. It would help if you kept the edges sharp and robust for slicing efficiently. Easily as important as the chef’s knife is in the kitchen, your honing steel will become your most used, single-piece when using your blades as you will use it on all of your blades (apart from the serrated knife)

Food Processor

There are many times when I have thought to myself, “Why am I chopping this salad up like a chump when I could be using a food processor”!

Why not just throw everything in the blender and be done with it?

Well, I like to think that I am frank with you guys because, well, just because I want to provide you with excellent, honest information.

Anyway, I know that there is a time when I have guests coming around, or I have some screaming kids that need their noise holes filled quickly but healthily. So what is the solution to this…a blender!

They are useful for a whole raft of other things such as making soup and the like, but I enjoy their ease of use and quickness for me.

Top chef Jamie Oliver uses a food processor in many of his quick 15 minute recipes for the only reason that they are fast and produce even results every time.

Does it make you any less a cook for using a blender? If you have to ask that question, we will probably never be friends anyway, but I will answer by saying not.

They are useful and can be used in several ways to create great tasting food – the main reason for cooking!

Whisk

All hail the mighty whisk – a friend of chefs everywhere and enemy to all washer uppers around the world!

A handy kitchen appliance that you will repeatedly use to create sumptuously, deliciously light food.

You will want to look for a whisk that has thin wires to get a better whisk.

A day to learn how to use but a lifetime to master; whisking is one of the essential cooking tasks that you need to understand how to do correctly to get superb food, from pastries to quiches.

You can find a tremendous whisking resource by checking out the link.

Alternatively, you can look at this video below, which will give you an excellent overview. The Kitchen Guy may make videos soon, but I want to keep my identity a secret for…

Potato Masher

Nothing beats good bangers & mash (I’m from England btw), or even mash potatoes and baked beans with cheese on top.

OK, OK, so pretty much lots of things beat that, but each to their own, eh!

The potato masher is quite an important tool to have in most kitchens, regardless of whether you will be cooking elegant English cuisine or not.

Although it is called a potato masher, you can use this to mash up all kinds of things, including all soft, boiled veggies.

Handy tip: A curved head will help you to get into the corners of bowls & pots so that you get a lovely even mash.

Spatula

I want to be clear; there are two types of spatula you should have in your kitchen:

  1. Metal or Plastic spatula – to flip food in a pan or being fried. In The Kitchen Guy’s Ultimate Guide To The Best Induction Cookware, I recommend that you try to use plastic where possible. I am aware that many purists prefer metal, but if you are an ordinary person that doesn’t have money to throw around, plastic is cheaper & kinder to your pots and pans.
  2. Rubber spatula – for when you are mixing and folding dough’s. You will need a sturdy type that can resit thick dough, and you may want to consider silicon rubber for its heat resistant properties…unless you like the taste of melted plastic, that is!

What else?

For the sake of brevity, I will give you a quick rundown of some other tools that I find useful in my kitchen and some that I think you will too.

The tool that I have already listed is what I consider to be the most useful, but the others here are still items that you should make sure to use.

Slotted Spoon

Get a superior stainless steel one, and you will be using it for lots of things

Garlic Press

Garlic is one ingredient that adds so much to a meal that it needs to have its unique tool to get out all of its flavorings. Of course, you can use a garlic press for other things, but ultimately garlic is what you will be using it for!

Grater

Now that you can buy pre-grated cheese in a supermarket, you may be wondering what use you will have for this outdated tool.

Well, to you, I say stop being silly and grate your darn cheese. Also, a grater is so much more than just cheese. For example, you can get a box grater, which is the most versatile with different grate options to:

  • Shred
  • Shave
  • Dust
  • Zest

Can Opener

To open cans with. No matter how much you like to think that you are the nest Gordon Ramsey, there are going to be times when you will use ingredients that have been stored in a can

Thermometer

Some foods require a delicate touch and slow, steady heating. Other foods need to be checked, so you don’t get a nasty stomach bug. Either way, a thermometer is a useful tool to have handy

Timer

If you watch any professional cooking show – which I am sure you are addicted to like me – then you will notice that the chefs usually have an array of digital timers to keep track of the different parts of a cooked meal. While you may not ever get to that level or cook for fun like me, a timer can be handy to make sure you don’t over or undercook something. This is also essential for when you are making a sauce as minutes can be precious and be the difference between a good looking one and an ugly one!

Slow cooker

This is a fantastic device for busy people. Just throw in lots of your favorite foods, press a few buttons and it’s ready for when you come back from work! It is also great for soups and leftovers.

Instant Pot

An instant pot is somewhat similar to a slow cooker, but it often has other settings to create cakes and all sorts of different stews. An instant pot is also a brand of appliance.

Pressure cooker

You want food and you want it fast and cooked delicately? Then this is the device for you. It is also extremely useful for cooking tougher cuts of meat. It can be a bit of an investment, however, depending on your cooking style, it can be very worthwhile.

Electric Kettle

The traditional kettle, used for so much more than making tea and coffee. If you are in a hurry, you can use it to boil the water first before pouring it into your pots. Being from the UK, my electric kettle is pretty much always used for making tea!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most useful kitchen tool?

The most useful would definitely be a chef’s blade. It is so versatile and you are able to use it for most things on this list. The process may take longer, but with this tool, it is possible.

What are some essential small kitchen appliances?

Along with the kitchen knives, it would be a whisk, timer and various pots and pans.

What kitchen utensils and appliances should you replace often?

Certain cookware that is nonstick. This is often true if you use metal instruments for cooking. Other than that:

Chipped Dinnerware
Smelly, Warped, and Moldy Wooden Tools
Broken and Out-Dated Appliances
Old Plastic Containers. …
Dull Graters and Vegetable Peelers

Summing It All Up

So there you have it, you asked me What Are The Most Useful Kitchen Appliances and I gave you ten that I use daily.

I hope you found this useful, and if so, why not give me a friendly hello in the comments below.