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Essential cutting tools for your kitchen

Essential cutting tools for your kitchen

There are a whole range of utensils that can be used for cutting during your meal preparation in the kitchen.  My list of essential cutting tools includes the basics, such as a good chef’s knife and a cutting board to more specialized tools, like a spiralizer and mandolin. 

Here’s an introduction to what I consider to be essential cutting tools for the average kitchen cook.  Do you need all of them?  Not necessarily but they will certainly make your life easier in the long run.

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Let’s start with one of the most basic tools – the cutting board

So it’s not actually a tool used for cutting things, but your board is most definitely an essential cutting tool necessary to the process.  For starters, using a cutting board serves as a protection for your countertops from marks or cuts from a knife.  But using a cutting board when chopping also makes the process of cutting safer for you as well by preventing the knife from slipping.  

You have a couple options when it comes to selecting a cutting board and my personal choice is a plastic or wooden cutting board, but it really depends on your preference.

Wooden cutting boards

I really like a wooden board, for how they look.  but the main drawback with it is that it gets easily damaged over time from water and food particles can easily get into the grooves.  So, your best bet if you decide you want to use a wooden board is to it to only cut foods such as fruits, vegetables and bread. Stay away from animal type products that could be potentially more problematic with contaminating your board.

To prolong the life of your wooden cutting board, it’s best to wash and dry it following each and every use.  And it’s probably not a good idea to put it in the dishwasher.  Leaving the board sitting in water for too long will encourage warping and cause cracks to form in the board which can trap debris.


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Plastic cutting boards

The safest and most durable cutting board is quite honestly a plastic one.   You can even throw it in your dishwasher to clean if you have one.  If they get super stained and dirty, simply throw in some bleach water and will be good as new. 


Glass cutting boards

The final option I’ve seen for cutting boards are made from glass.  Usually these are nice for decorative pieces and they look nice if you plan to store out in plain view in your kitchen. But in my opinion, the metal knife doesn’t feel super safe on the glass and I believe that you may more easily cut yourself when using a glass cutting board.

  • SAFETY TIP : Place a slightly damp towel or cloth under your cutting board before using to keep it from sliding around.

Traditional White Plastic Cutting Boards – Set of 3

Wooden Cutting Boards – Set of 3 

Tempered Glass Cutting Boards – Set of 3

Basic Essential Kitchen Knifes

No need to get too fancy when you are choosing basic kitchen knives for your collection of essential cutting tools.  But in my opinion,  it’s best to spend a little bit of money upfront on a good knife since it will likely last a lifetime.  Better quality knives (usually a bit more expensive) will last longer because you can easily sharpen them over and over again.  Plus, they are made out of materials that don’t rust making them more durable.

First, you want to make sure your knife is made from a good quality steel.  This factor is what contributes to the durability of the knife.  As well as how long it retains it’s sharpness. I highly recommend that you look for a knife made from professional grade steel.  

Second, how does the knife feel in your hand.  It should have some weight but not be too heavy while also being well balanced.  These factors contribute to how easily you can cut and how comfortable the knife feels in your hand.

No need either for some crazy set of knives.  In my opinion, the basic cook needs a good quality paring knife, chef’s knife and a serrated knife as their basic essential cutting tools.  

My recommendation for the  Global brand is because it meets all the above qualities I mentioned and is easily accessible for purchase.

Basic chef knife

Paring knife

Serrated knife

Specialty Kitchen Cutting Tools

I have two favorite specialty tools that I use frequently in my kitchen. The first is the mandolin.  It works great for slicing things evenly and uniformly.  It also has some interchangeable blades which allow you to get different types of shapes and surfaces for your cut vegetables.  I especially like to use this tool when making French fries or slicing veggies for a stir fry.  It gives you much more control especially when you want to achieve thin even cuts.

The other is a spiralizer. This is perfect for making spiral vegetables for salads, to replace pasta in dishes and even to make fancy looking roasted vegetables.  I’ve tried out several variations of this tool and my favorite is the one that I’m recommending below.  It simply is much easier to use and cleans up quickly and makes lovely long spiral vegetable noodles.  It’s even worked on harder vegetables such as a sweet potato and beets.

The spiralizer in action! One of my favorite essential cutting tools.

Kitchen Mandolin for Slicing Vegetables

Vegetable Spiralizer

Other gadgets

Just a couple more of my favorite recommended cutting tools that you may want to keep handy in your kitchen. 

  • Sharpener to keep those knives sharp. My personal favorite is the old-school honing tool but use it with caution is you definitely could injure yourself more easily. And you are especially clumsy consider using a safer variety.
  • Kitchen Scissors are perfect for a variety of tasks such as clipping and cutting herbs, cutting pizza (yes really) and just in general handy to have around for the difficult to open package.

Basic Sharpening Steel

Safe Knife Sharpener

Kitchen Scissors

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