Kitchen Utensils Summarized

This is an incomplete list of all the kitchen utensils someone may need if they’re cooking.

Dividing food

Graters grind off small amounts for further processing:

  • Nutmeg grater
  • Ginger grater
  • Box grater
  • Zest grater
  • Microplane grater
  • Rotary grater

Presses also grate, but with larger amounts of food:

  • Potato ricer
  • Pasta mill
  • Food mill
  • Citrus press
  • Garlic press
  • Nutcracker

Grinders roughly separate food:

  • Pepper grinder
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Grain mill/wheat grinder
  • Spice mill
  • Coffee grinder

Blades cleanly separate food:

  • Clam knife
  • Fish knife
  • Bread knife
  • Santoku knife
  • Chef’s knife
  • Paring knife
  • Mezzaluna
  • Meat knives
    • Cleaver
    • Boning knife
    • Slicing knife
  • Cheese knives
    • Soft cheese knife
    • Parmesan knife
  • Scissors
    • Kitchen shears
    • Poultry shears

Slicers are specialty blades for specific situations:

  • Potato peeler
  • Cheese slicer
  • Egg slicer
  • Mandoline
  • Cheese plane
  • Fruit divider
  • Dough cutter
  • Pizza dough cutter
  • Wheels
    • Pastry wheel
    • Pizza wheel
  • Blender
  • Food processor

Strainers separate food components:

  • Handheld strainer
  • Salad spinner
  • Sifters
    • Drum sifter
    • Sugar shaker
    • Sifter
  • Colander
  • Scoop colander
  • Chinois (conical strainer)
  • Fat separator
  • Spider

Manipulating food

Mashers crush food:

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Potato masher

Spoons, spatulas, tongs, and whisks mix and control food:

  • Spatula
  • Slotted spatula
  • Rubber spatula
  • Fish spatula
  • Turner
  • Salad tongs
  • Metal tongs
  • Balloon whisk
  • Flat whisk
  • Electric mixer

Pastry tools prepare bread products:

  • Cookie cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Pie weights
  • Pastry blender
  • Pastry bag

Basters manipulate liquids:

  • Meat baster
  • Basting bulb

Scoopers and servers transfer food without requiring contact:

  • Ladle
  • Wooden spoon
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Serving spoon
  • Slotted spoon
  • Melon baller
  • Spaghetti server
  • Serving fork
  • Cake server

Other needs

Pots, pans, and bakeware make food safe and convenient to heat:

  • Saucepan
  • Large cooking pot
  • Skillet (both non-stick and cast-iron)
  • Casserole dishes
  • Cake pans
  • Woks
  • Pressure cooker
  • Slow cooker
  • Waffle iron

Some items have their own heating element included:

  • Electric griddle
  • Toaster oven
  • Toaster
  • Coffee maker
    • Espresso machine
    • French press
    • Moka pot
  • Tea kettle/hot pot
  • Doughnut maker

Bowls and containers allow food to be stored, consumed, and manipulated further:

  • Prep bowl
  • Mixing bowl
  • Batter bowl
  • Food canisters (including packaging it came in)
  • Plastic containers

Openers break packaging:

  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Corkscrew

Protectors keep food preparers and surfaces safe:

  • Heat protection
    • Pot holders
    • Oven mitts
  • Cutting boards
    • Prep cutting board
    • Butcher block

Measurers help preparers follow recipes:

  • Temperature measurement
    • Oven thermometer
    • Candy thermometer
    • Meat thermometer
  • Volume measurement
    • Measuring cups
    • Measuring spoons
  • Weight measurement
    • Digital scale
    • Scale
  • Time measurement
    • Egg timer
    • Kitchen timer