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´╗┐Essential Cooking Supplies

Having the proper cooking supplies is essential for anyone want to improve their culinary skills in the kitchen. But what are the proper cooking supplies? Here is a basic list of what any would be chef should have.

Essential cutlery is an important component of cooking supplies.
- Chef's knife six inch and eight inch - these knives are ideal for cutting vegetables, large fruits, pies, pizzas, or quiche. The smaller knives are preferred because they are lighter and easier to handle.
- Carving knife - ideal for cutting meats on or off the bone.
- Serrated knife - ideal for slicing bread or cake. These knives can also be used to slice tomatoes because they do not squish them.
- Paring knives - ideal for peeling, chopping, slicing, and dicing. It is recommended that two to three these are available.

Having the right pots and pans is essential to cooking supplies.
- Nonstick skillet eight inch and ten inch - these pans saut├ę, stir fry and make omelettes with ease.
- Sauce pans with lids two quart and four quart - these pans can melt butter, simmer sauces, heat canned foods, cook vegetables, make soup, steam rice, prepare hot cereals, and reheat leftovers.
- Large stockpot with lid eight quart - this pot can boil pasta, simmer stews, simmer chilies, simmer soups, and make homemade stock.
- Dutch oven with lid - this pot can bake rice pilafs, casseroles, stews, oven roast veggies, slow cook pot roasts, and braise meats.
- Roasting pan with v-shaped rack - the rack elevates the meat so it does not stick to the pan. Without the rack it can roast vegetables and potatoes.
- Vegetable steamer

Basic baking equipment is a necessary cooking supply.
- Baking sheets
- Bundt pan
- Cake pans - two nine inch ones
- Cookie cutters
- Glass baking dishes - eight inch, seven by ten inch, and an eight by twelve inch.
- Loaf pans - two four by nine inch pans
- Muffin tins
- Parchment paper
- Pastry brush
- Pie dish
- Pie ring
- Pie weights
- Ramekins
- Rolling pin
- Springform pan
- Tart Pan
- Wire rack

Basic cooking utensils are necessary cooking supplies
- Basting brush or bulb baster
- Bowls - graduated set
- Canisters
- Citrus press
- Citrus reamer
- Cutting boards
- Garlic press
- Ginger grater
- Hand grater
- Kitchen shears
- Kitchen twine
- Ladle
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Meat mallet
- Meat thermometer
- Microplane grater
- Openers
- Pepper mill
- Plastic storage containers
- Potato ricer
- Pot holders
- Salad spinner
- Spatulas
- Spoons - slotted and solid
- Strainer
- Timer
- Tongs
- Vegetable peeler
- Whisk
- Wooden spoons

Basic appliances are necessary cooking supplies
- Blender
- Coffeemaker
- Crock pot
- Electric coffee bean and spice grinder
- Electric hand mixer
- Food processor
- Grill
- Microwave
- Rice cooker
- Toaster