Kitchn Cooking School

Here’s Your Equipment List for Kitchn Cooking School

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Your Equipment Checklist for Cooking School

Our cooking school is designed to be something that nearly anyone can participate in. However, there is a list of basic tools you will need. These pretty much match up with the things we think most cooks could use in the kitchen. (The best news? No overpriced textbook required!)

  1. Sharp chef’s knife (a paring knife and serrated knife are also recommended)
  2. Cutting boards
  3. Sheet pan
  4. 8- to 12-inch frying pan
  5. Covered, oven-proof pot, about 6 quarts
  6. A whisk or a hand mixer
  7. Set of mixing bowls
  8. A spatula or flipper
  9. Measuring cups and spoons
  10. A wooden or silicone spoon for stirring

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The most important qualities of knives are that they are 1) sharp and 2) comfortable to hold. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a good knife. Any knife that is both should be serviceable.

Cutting Boards

To avoid cross-contamination, it’s good to have separate cutting boards for meat and for vegetables. While wood cutting boards are more sanitary, they’re also more expensive.

Sheet Pan

For basic roasting and oven cooking, you need a sheet pan large enough to handle a variety of foods. While a nonstick pan can be easier to clean, and to remove food from, it’s not necessary.

Frying Pan

Whether you choose to have a nonstick, stainless steel, or cast iron pan (or several) is largely a matter of choice. Nonstick pans are ideal for eggs and for (obviously) keeping food from sticking. However they can be expensive, are not particularly durable, and aren’t as oven-safe. Stainless steel pans will last much longer, are far better for browning and searing, and can go from stovetop to oven. But they can be tricky to learn how to use (we’ll cover some of this in cooking school, however). Cast iron is very durable and has many nonstick properties, but it can be a little harder to care for, and doesn’t do well in a dishwasher. Here are some decent options for all three types.

Oven-Safe Pot

For versatile stovetop-to-oven cooking and for making everything from casseroles to soups, a sturdy oven-safe pot is essential. We recommend enameled cast iron because it’s long-lasting, easy to clean, and can handle practically any temperature.

Whisk or Hand Mixer

For basic mixing, whipping, and beating, you need a whisk or mixer. While a stand mixer is great (and practically essential for baking) a hand mixer or whisk will do for our purposes.

Mixing Bowls


Measuring Cups and Spoons

Wooden or Silicone Spoon

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