Essential Kitchen Tools

If you want to start cooking you probably think you need to go out and purchase 5 different sized pots and a dozen wooden spoons. In reality, you don’t actually need that many kitchen tools to create meals, plus most students don’t have enough room for a tonne of pots. In reality, you don’t need that many things in order to create amazing meals.

Every recipe on my blog I make from the comfort of my student house (except from a few from my days in halls). So all the utensils I use are from my student kitchen which was created on a student budget.

What is needed exactly for a student kitchen? Well, it can be split in categories; pots and pans, dishes, cooking utensils and other bits

Pots and pans


  • Large saucepan
    • This can be used to cook pasta and make sauces. If you get one with a lid you can also use it to do slow cook meals.
  • Small saucepan
    • I use my small saucepan to cook eggs, heat up beans and make cheese sauces. Due to it’s size its handy to make small additons to dinners.
  • Large frying pan
    • Perfect for making a fry up as you can fit a lot in a pan, it’s a cupboard staple. If you have a deep one then you can also use it to cook mince.
  • Small frying pan
    • Much like the small saucepan this is ideal to fry individual eggs or a small portion of mushrooms for brunch.
  • Wok
    • I have two woks, one large one small but in reality you don’t need two. One decent sized one is fine, if you’ll be cooking for two then get a large, if it’s just for yourself find a small one.
  • Colander
    • When you’re boiling pasta or vegetables you need a colander in order to drain the water from them.


  • Casserole dish
    • Although it’s called a casserole dish this can be used to make a array of dishes including various pies, lasange and pasta bakes.
  • Large plate
    • Self-explanatory really.
  • Small plate
    • Again. Self-explanatory.
  • Bowls
    • I use the term bowls (multiple) because ideally you need a small bowl for things like cereal and soup and a larger bowl for pasta.
  • Mixing bowl
    • Making certain dishes you’ll need to mix bits and bobs together and a large bowl is great for this, try to get a microwavable one.
  • Measuring jug
    • If you’re planning on baking you will need a measuring jug for you’re exact measurements but it is also useful to have for making things like gravy.

Cooking utensils

  • Ladel
  • Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon
  • Vegetable knife
  • Chef’s knife

Other bits

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  • Can opener
  • Measuring spoons
  • Potato masher
  • Scales
  • Peeler

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