A kitchen utensil is a hand-held tool which is designed for food related functions. They are usually small in size and some utensils are both food preparation utensils and eating utensils. For example, a knife can be used for both food preparations in a kitchen and as eating utensils when dining. There are many types of kitchen utensils. Moreover, these kitchen instruments include general kitchenware, ovenware, cookware, bakeware, tableware, cutlery, etc. Here is a list of the basic ones.
Measuring spoons: These are kitchen utensils used to measure smaller amounts of liquid or solid cooking ingredients. Where smaller amounts of ingredients are concerned, these utensils are better than using measuring cups. When getting these spoons, make sure they are clearly marked.
Cookware: No kitchen is complete without pots and pans which are the basic tools needed for cooking. Cookware set includes pots, kettles, fry pans, etc.
Measuring cups: These are utensils used for measuring larger quantities of ingredients. When getting these, make sure to get measuring cups with long handles and wide, shallow bodies. Stainless steel measuring cups are more sturdy and durable.
Cutting board: This is a portable board on which food like vegetables, meat, fish, bread, etc can be cut. This utensil is usually made from wood or plastic.
Colander: This is a bowl-shaped container with holes, typically made from plastic or metal. It is quite different from a sieve as it has larger holes which allow larger pieces of food like pasta to be drained quickly. It is used for draining substances cooked in water. This utensil is also called a fine-mesh strainer as it is used to strain water from just about anything.
Funnel: This is a pipe with a wide, conical mouth and a narrow stem. It is used to channel liquid or fine-grained substances into containers with a small opening.
Ladle: This is a type of serving spoon used for soups, stews and other types of foods.
Mortar and pestle: This can be made from either porcelain or wood and it is usually shaped as a bowl. The pestle is shaped as a club and it is used to forcefully squeeze ingredients against the mortar. Generally, a mortar and pestle is used to crush food, or make a paste out of certain food like cocoyam, tomatoes, etc.
Tin opener: This utensil as its name suggests, is used to open tins or cans.
Whisk: This is a utensil which consists of a long, narrow handle with a series of wire lops joined at the end. They can be made from metal, bamboo, etc and they are usually used to blend food ingredients smooth. They are also used to incorporate air into a mixture. This process is known as whipping and whisking.
Wooden spoon: Just as the name implies, this is a utensil made from wood. It is used in mixing and stirring during cooking and baking.
Chef knife: This is a general utility knife originally used to slice large cuts of beef but now used to cut almost anything in the kitchen.
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