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    27 Basic Kitchen Products Every Home Cook Should Probably Own

    You get a pan! And you get a pan! And you get a pan!

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    1. A timeless cast iron pan that will honestly outlive you. Cook anything from meat to veggies to delicious bread and rolls in this pan that doubles as a lifelong friend.

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    This is the cast iron I have, and it just lives on my stovetop because I use it literally every day. Cleanup is simple: I hand wash (I usually opt for no soap, but you can decide) and rub with vegetable oil to keep it nice and seasoned.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my then-girlfriend about eight years ago to make omelettes because she had only a lousy steel skillet with straight sides and a 'non-stick' pan with ruined teflon. Now we're married with two kids, I do most of the cooking, and I use this pan more than any other. It works. It holds and distributes the heat properly, has a natural carbon nonstick surface, and it is impossible to damage it. The sloping sides are not a gimmick, they really do make it much easier to get anything out of the pan (eggspecially omelettes)." —FCCDAD

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88.

    2. An Imarku Pro Chef's Knife — a new knife is a life-changing investment, and makes cooking such a joy. With the right tool, every slice of tomato is a work of art, every diced sweet potato a symphony. Too much?

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    I bought this knife for my parents, and they love it!

    Promising review: "I have never used a knife that slides through everything with such ease. I went to slice open the plastic packaging for the sausages I was cooking, and I thought I had missed the plastic, it was that smooth. I barely had to apply any pressure when slicing up the sausages. Cutting up the carrots, cauliflower, and apples was amazingly easy as well. I'm going to take good care of this little gem of a knife!" —Paul B. Huter

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. Nice, large sheet trays that you will basically use every day. If you refuse to spend all day baking only to find your cookie bottoms burned to a crisp, it's time for a new pan.

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    Promising review: "Best baking sheet I've ever purchased. I spent hours researching online and this was the one! I was tired of wasting time (I own a business and work all the time) and money baking, just to find the bottoms burned. This sheet hasn't failed me and I've owned it for two years now. Purchased for friends and family members because everyone should own it. On Amazon today to purchase another for myself!" —Common Sense

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A set of three beautiful bamboo cutting boards so you always have a clean surface to work on. Cutting a tomato carefully on the countertop is not "the same thing" — your college roommate was lying to you.

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    The boards all feature handles and grooves to catch any drippings or scraps.

    Promising review: "I am not one that normally reviews the items I purchase, but when I buy something that exceeds my expectations, I will make the time. These cutting boards are thicker than I expected, in a good way, and I highly recommend them in the event that you are looking for well-made cutting boards. The handles make them easier to work with, and they are probably the best boards I've ever owned.." —Robert Sykes

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A set of two Staub ceramic baking dishes for all of your tray bake, casserole, and roasting needs. Love a vessel that cooks cinnamon rolls and a whole chicken to equal perfection.

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    This comes with one large and one small baking dish, both of which are dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is definitely the right size for a set of bakeware used almost every day. So much better than glass bakeware for clean-up. If it needs a little soaking before dishwasher, that doesn't take too long either. Holding up really nicely with lots of usage." —Luli

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $49.95 (available in nine colors).

    6. A set of glass mixing bowls that will make baking all the more delicious of a task. Having *just* the right bowls to separately combine your dry and wet ingredients in is a small pleasure worth seeking.

    Amazon

    The bowls are microwave-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "The small size looks GREAT for dips like guacamole or homemade salsa. The middle bowl is perfect for fruit salad or putting veggies out at a party. The large bowl is a GREAT mixing bowl size. While they're all advertised as 'mixing bowls' the largest bowl seems the best for it, but the smallest bowl is perfect for mixing guacamole or a cheese dip etc. I'm in love with these. I love the lip on the edge as it makes for easier grabbing when these bowls are coming in or out of the fridge, oven, or microwave. Overall, love these bowls! Great product by Pyrex!" —BirdNerdGirl

    Get the set of three from Amazon for $12.92.

    7. A nonstick pot for all of your generic pot needs. You understand pots. You don't need me to explain this to you.

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    The pot and lid are dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "Love this little saucepan! I was sad when the Revereware pan I've had for 33 years finally wore through its copper-clad bottom but pleasantly surprised to find this gem heats water twice as fast. I hadn't wanted a glass lid, but it seats firmly into the pan and has a hole for the steam to escape. The nonstick interior is easy to clean." —Kasey1328

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A set of tongs to serve as another, unbelievably heat-resistant set of hands while you're sautéing your heart out or flipping a sizzling steak.

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    These are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "What a wonderful way of getting rid of one of life's small stressors! These close up so easily and fit in my kitchen drawer organizer so well, I'm no longer frustrated when I need tongs. The three sizes seemed to be unnecessary until I started using them regularly. Now, I get it. They have improved my cooking because I no longer have to figure out how to quickly turn over baking or even frying items. Easier on your hands, and no more wrist burns! Love these." —Scholar Mama

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $13.90 (available in three colors).

    9. A mandolin so you can slice all your veggies nice and thin without having to get a doctorate in kitchen knife skills. These make ridiculously quick work of prep, and the julienne attachment will make you feel like a real pro!

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    The mandolin comes with two julienning blades and a finger guard. PLEASE be careful while using this! I (and my boyfriend's scarred thumb) highly recommend some cut-resistant gloves.

    Promising review: "Super sharp! Be sure to use the assist tool so you don't accidentally remove your fingertips when slicing. The blade adjusts to paper thin slices. It makes great finely-shredded coleslaw. It slices with perfectly uniform thickness or thinness and is fantastic for slicing super-thin potatoes for making homemade potato chips. I tried making french fries but that blade cuts them a little too finely, more like shoestring potato sticks. The blade is removable for easy clean up (again, be careful as the blade is really sharp). Fortunately, the operation of this device is intuitively obvious because the instructions are in Japanese." —Blues 'n BBQ

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    10. A stock pot for concocting broths and soups whose aroma will draw hungry friends from miles around. Time to have an impromptu dinner party.

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    Promising review: "You will never regret buying Farberware cookware. I have used the Classic Series cookware since the 70s. When my children needed pots and pans I gave them my older set and purchased a new set for me! These pieces are so easy to keep clean. Just polish with BonAmi or a stainless steel powder and they will always look new. The lid design is wonderful for keeping steam inside the pot. I use the 8 quart size for soups, steaming vegetables, boiling pasta, making candy, cooking jams, etc. The aluminum bottoms are stainless steel clad and provide very even cooking. Things don't burn easily because of the thick bottom. You will not be disappointed!" —CampSunsetGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $23.49+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A basic pair of oven mitts with silicone grips so you can always remain unscathed removing things from the oven. And as someone who has made some egregious slipping errors, trust me — you want the silicone.

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    Promising review: "These mitts are fantastic! Taking super hot things like casseroles out of the oven is a breeze now. These are long enough, almost coming up to my elbow, and insulated enough, where I don't feel I'm going to get burned no matter how I pick up a dish out of the oven. I really should order two more pairs so I can throw all of my old oven mitts out once and for all!" —eebant

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.99 (available in three lengths and three colors).

    12. A bunch of cute and functional dish towels that will help you grab hot handles and clean with equal dexterity. Keep one of these on your shoulder and trust me, you'll be reaching for it every five seconds to help with any old task.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE these towels. My partner and I found out just after moving into our recently-purchased condo that our dishwasher leaks, and not having had time to repair it yet, we have been washing a lot of dishes by hand. These towels dry up better than any others I have used! The texture is absorbent but not rough. They did not lint in the wash, and they look great hanging in our kitchen. The sets are nice, too. We use one towel for dishes and another for hands, so having two patterns in coordinating colors was a bonus. We bought two sets!" —Rian Winters

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $13.99 (available in eight colors and two sizes).

    13. A bread knife so all the beautiful loaves you slice don't get mushed down by a straight edge. Your challah thanks you for choosing serrated.

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    Promising review: "This knife was selected as the best bread knife on America Test Kitchen, and they were not wrong. Don’t let the low price fool you. This knife is razor sharp. I bake all of our bread products so I slice a lot of bread. I made hamburger buns which are very soft and usually challenging to slice when first baked. This knife sliced through them in one swipe and didn’t even make one crumb. The handle is very comfortable and fits my medium-sized hand very well. Also, the handle is just a bit offset to keep your knuckles from hitting the cutting board. Yes, I am a knife snob, and this is a great one!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.33.

    14. A can opener, because even if you're a person who thinks they won't use one that much, when you need one, you REALLY need one.

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    The can opener also has a bottle opener, because why not!

    Promising review: "The OXO can opener is a workhorse. It is strong, well-made, and plows through whatever you give it with ease. I've had this one before and after years, it finally gave out and was hard to turn. But in buying an alternative from another company, I quickly realized the mistake and went right back to OXO to buy another. This one is so sturdy that it will last for a very long time and I'm really glad I bought it again." —A.M. Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $14.60.

    15. Some basic wooden spoons so you always have a great tool for stirring, scooping, and tasting within reach. You can never EVER have too many, in my opinion.

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    Promising review: "Simple but sturdy — a good spoon depth and handle length for a stirring spoon. Like all unfinished wood spoons, these initially will be colored slightly by what you cook, but that is a plus in my book because that gives them a nice 'season' very quickly. If you are looking for ladles or cooking spoons with a fancy finish then this is not the product for you, but if you are looking for spoons that are highly functional and a good value then this product should fit the bill." —MAbuyer48444

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $10.05.

    16. Rubber spatulas for scraping, scooping, spreading — all the good kitchen "S" words.

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    The sets come with two large and two small spatulas. The "Basic" set can withstand up to 480 degrees and the "Premium" set up to 600. They're BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "My wife and I use these every day. Had them for seven months now and they are holding up better than any before them — no nicks on any of them, and we use them for lots of things hot and cold. I don't think a thing about sticking them in a hot skillet. I never use a knife for any kind of spreads anymore, I always grab a small spatula — it's faster and easier. And best of all, they have no taste of their own (yes, I often lick the spatula before I drop it in the sink if it has been in something good). The handle is nice and stiff as it has a hard rod in it. I just ordered another set of four to put away till these expire. Best food spatula I have ever used." —Thruppence

    Get it from Amazon for $15.68 (available in three colors and two heat-resistance levels).

    17. A set of All-Clad nonstick pans so you don't have to wrestle with burnt-on egg for hours after breakfast. Let those puppies slip out, give the pan a rinse, and you're good to go.

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    The pans are dishwasher-safe, but hand washing is recommended.

    Promising review: "These are the best non-stick pans I've ever used. Heavy pans with high sides so you can flip veggies while sautéing. Easy to clean. For years I've been buying throw away non stick skillets and replacing them yearly. Won't have to do that anymore." —calicoterri

    Get a large and small pan from Amazon for $47.99+ (available in two size pairs).

    18. A set of flexible spatulas for expertly flipping your eggs and pancakes without scratching your precious nonstick pans.

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    These are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe.

    Promising review: "This is the ultimate silicone spatula. It has a sturdy handle combined with a lot of flexibility. Just be careful with the handle as it can melt if it comes in contact with the edge of a hot pan. This is my favorite spatula ever — I wish it also came in a smaller size for small frying pans." —Diana

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A colander so you don't have to struggle to get pasta out of boiling water and into your mouth as soon as humanly possible.

    Amazon

    The colander is dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "I love this thing! We had a cheapo plastic one that was cracked and just a total piece of crud, so I decided that I wanted to actually put a little money into a new one. We have a large family which means dinner portions are usually pretty large, so we needed something that could withstand that, this fits the bill. I can now drain the three pounds of ground turkey without having to worry about it overflowing my colander. That's actually pretty exciting for me because when your on budget it gets really irritating when your food disappears down the drain because your colander is to tiny to hold it all in. The handles feel like they will really hold up and they're kind of rubbery, which is also a perk! This is a really good-quality colander." —Mommyof4

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors).

    20. Measuring cups and spoons for the times you need to ~actually~ measure ingredients. I personally resist measurements at all times and often live to regret it. Learn from my mistakes.

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    The cups and spoons are dishwasher safe.

    Promising review: "I had bought this for my brother-in-law and fell in love. The cups and spoons are durable. The measurements are engraved in the metal so they won't rub off. Right now they are in my dishwasher. I know this makes me a kitchen nerd, but they are cute too. Each spoon and cups have colored silicone on the handle for grip or in case you are measuring something hot. To sum it all up, BUY these; you won't be disappointed." —Bina

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99.

    21. An oven thermometer that, although simple, will take all the guesswork out of making sure your oven is all tuned up. Gone are the days of using "My oven runs hot!" as an excuse for dry baked goods.

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    Promising review: "This is a great value for the product. The ovens I have used have always seemed to be a bit off, so this was very important to have around the house especially for recipes that need a very specific temperature. My wife bakes a lot and before having an oven thermometer, she often times over-baked or under-baked her recipes. This thermostat can hang easily on the oven rack and is easy to read, making it helpful for any dish that needs to be baked at a certain temperature. Highly recommend this product!" —Abe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.81.

    22. A four-quart Crock-Pot, because the verdict is in: Slow cooked foods are the best foods, full stop. Anything that helps you do so without tending a flame all day is a friend of mine.

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    The stoneware insert and lid of the Crock-Pot are dishwasher safe!

    Promising review: "Great design, beautiful color. I like that the interior is ceramic crockery, rather than aluminum or metal like many models. It is also the perfect size for making anything from soup, to an entire (small) roast chicken, family, party or personal size." —amazcustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.71.

    23. An enameled dutch oven for slow-cooking the old fashioned way. Spending an idle Sunday braising a delicious dinner is absolute heaven, and a dutch oven is the key.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $59.90 (available in 10 colors).

    24. A cast iron grill pan so you can bask in the glory of grill marks all year long, not just when weather allows.

    Macy's

    The pan is oven-safe to 500 degrees. Follow the same directions for cleaning as you would for a normal cast iron pan.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $14.93 (originally $42.99).

    25. A meat thermometer to ease all of your meat anxiety. Stop poking at hot steak wondering if it's ready and just get some good old fashioned quantitative data.

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    Promising review: "I have always been a bit challenged cooking steaks and burgers on the grill. People have told me multiple 'ways' of telling when a steak was 'medium' and when to pull the burgers off. Still, I ended up with underdone burgers and overcooked steaks. This takes the mystery out of it. Using this the first time, I cooked pork steaks to perfection. The next time it told me I had left the burgers on too long drinking that 'last' beer. I highly recommend this. I have bought another as a gift for a friend." —raylap

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in three colors).

    26. A cute little saucepan and lid, because sauce is the most important part of almost any meal and deserves a pan of its own. The pan is also great for single servings of rice, pasta, and soup, of course!

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    Promising review: "This saucepan was just the perfect size for my small kitchen. The pan has performed nicely as I've cooked sauces, boiled water, and warmed soup. There has been no sticking and it's an easy clean up as I just wash it in the dishwasher. The pan feel sturdy and feels like it will hold up to many years of use. The lid is also solid and fits perfectly on the pan." —AMG de Wet

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49 (also available in 12 other styles).

    27. Or a eleven-piece cookware set if you want to overhaul your kitchen and get alllll new goodies in one fell swoop! Not to mention this copper set will look pretty dang handsome on your stovetop.

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    The set includes a frying pan, griddle pan, two saucepans with lids, a deep pan with a lid, a dutch oven with a lid, and a recipe booklet.

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection at Walmart for $68.62 (originally $91.50).

    Enough is enough! Get these kitchen basics and avoid both my and Gordon's wrath.

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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