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Tools of The Trade at The Kitchen Docs

I often get messages and email from you wonderful people asking about a specific kitchen tool or appliance. So I thought of penning down some of them as a handy guide for you all. Many “helpers” (as I like o call them) that I use every day have become an essential part of my prepping and cooking. All my favorite small kitchen appliances are given in this post. Today I am listing below some of my most used tools, with product information and details (where possible). Hope this will make you more familiar with how The Kitchen Docs roll and will make shopping for these easier for you.


Dull knives is one of biggest pet peeves. I believe that sharp knives are your biggest helpers in your kitchen. These get the job done faster and cleaner. Rada knives are my absolute favorite. This set has been my everyday favorite for close to four years now and they are still as sharp as they were when brand new.

Rada Cutlery Knife Set – 7 Stainless Steel Culinary Knives Starter Gift Set Made in USA

I am still testing my Misen knives (on Facebook here). I like them but they have to spend a little more time with me to earn my devotion.

Chopping Boards

Confession – I am obsessed with collecting chopping boards – mostly wood and have them in different shapes and sizes. Dr. A brought me a chopping board made from wood from some consulate in Canada with a Government stamp engraved on it. So cool!


Premium Bamboo Cutting Board with Juice Groove – EXTRA LARGE 18×12 by FILAM GOURMET


Box grater used for grating cheese, shredding carrots, cauliflower, radishes etc. for paranthas. Grater used mainly for grating ginger and garlic and the zester for ..well..zesting all kinds of citrus. Yumm!

OXO Good Grips Box Grater

OXO Good Grips Grater

OXO Good Grips Zester and Grater

Measuring cups and spoons

Used in my kitchen every single day. More so since I started working on the blog, since now I measure and note down everything for you all.

Cuisinart CTG-00-SMC Stainless Steel Measuring Cups, Set of 4 Cuisinart CTG-00-SMP Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons, Set of 4


Another everyday use tool in the kitchen. If you are making scrambled eggs (recipe here) or whipping up some homemade salad dressing (this one), you need a good set of whisks. I have a set that I got from Ikea and is pretty similar to these.

Stainless Steel Whisk Set – Wire Whisk – Balloon Whisk Set – Egg Frother, Milk & Egg Beater – Kitchen Utensils for Blending, Whisking, Beating & Stirring – Set of 3 – by Utopia Kitchen


Very useful. From sauteing, to stir frying, mixing salads, flipping foods – you name it. I have pair from some random store that has been my faithful for quite sometime now. But my next pair of tongs is going to be this one.

OXO Good Grips 12-Inch Stainless-Steel Locking Tongs

Cookie Sheets

The more cookie sheets you have, the better it is. baking, roasting (recipes here, here and here) mixing, food photography prop – you name it!

Wilton Recipe Right 2 Piece Medium and Large Cookie Set

Instant Digital thermometer

I use this one. Mostly for poultry because I am scared to death about making every one sick with under cooked poultry – paranoia! You can also use it for oil temperature and making caramel etc.

GDEALER Instant Read Thermometer Super Fast Digital Electronic Food Thermometer Cooking Thermometer Barbecue Meat Thermometer with Collapsible Internal Probe for Grill Cooking Meat Kitchen Candy

 Mixing Bowls and Colanders

Absolutely necessary along with steel mesh sieves.

Cuisinart CTG-00-SMB Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls with Lids, Set of 3

OXO Good Grips 5-Quart Stainless-Steel Colander


A marble mortar and pestle that I got form India is another helper to grind garlic and green chillies or dry spices like green cardamom (more on spices here). This one is very close to the one I have.

RSVP Marble Mortar and Pestle, Grey

Thanks for taking a virtual tour of my kitchen. I reckon that all the cooking tools will have to a part of a different post.

Happy Prepping!

Love- Vaishali.

Note: Some of the links listed above are affiliate links. Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have questions!


  1. Monika

    June 5, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Nice! I am obsessed with buying kitchen tools, I have to get at least something everytime i go shopping

  2. Jul

    June 5, 2018 at 10:10 am

    These are all great recommendations, I should stop by Amazon to see what they have in store.

    1. Vaishali

      June 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm

      For sure. I love how convenient it is to shop from Amazon.

  3. Phill Slater

    June 5, 2018 at 10:11 am

    This post made me realise we’re ready for some new things in our kitchen.

    1. Vaishali

      June 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Ha ha..don’t we always?

  4. KiKi

    June 5, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I dont like to cook but maybe i should just to use thiese tools.

    1. Vaishali

      June 5, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Yes. We all need some inspiration..:)

  5. Mr. MM2k Make Money 2000

    June 5, 2018 at 11:36 am

    These tools make for faster cooking. It brings back childhood memories

  6. Justice

    June 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Very nice kitchen utensils. Thanks for sharing.

  7. evelyn

    June 5, 2018 at 5:19 pm

    These are essential tools!

    1. Vaishali

      June 6, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Evelyn. I believe so…:)

  8. Rianna

    June 5, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Check, check, check! Great list for newbies in the kitchen.

  9. anshul

    June 6, 2018 at 12:24 am

    This is a wonderful post . Everyone should know about these handy tools for their kitchen. nothing can be as useful and decorative than the products you have mentioned.

  10. Simerbir Singh

    June 6, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Nice post. One of my friends was looking for these types of tools, I will surely refer this post to her.

  11. Biswa

    June 6, 2018 at 10:48 am

    I love your style of explaining keep it short and simple. All the tools are essential.

  12. poorna banerjee

    June 6, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    That knife set looks amazing!

  13. Tropically Twisted

    June 6, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    This is a well written piece and these tools could definitely be helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  14. koul razdan

    June 7, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Nice, as I have recently shifted to my own house and I’m looking for new accessories for my kitchen and these measuring cups and spoons are something that is missing in my list. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  15. Monique Tillman

    June 7, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Can we just throw everything in my kitchen away and start over. I need new everything. Thank you for showing these products.

  16. Emily

    June 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    I never realized how important good knives were until I ran a catering company. There really is such a difference between good and bad ones.

  17. Lara | Grits in the City

    June 7, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Some great ones in this list. I need to get a good digital thermometer and we’re always going through cutting boards, likely because ours aren’t the best. Will have to check out the one you shared above.

  18. Drea Anderson

    June 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Having the right tools in the kitchen does make the cooking experience a lot more enjoyable.

  19. Scott Gilliland

    June 9, 2018 at 3:41 am

    I want to get a whole new set of everything in my kitchen, so it is good to have gotten some good examples on what to get. Thanks.

  20. blake turck

    June 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    love all these – I really would love to get a whole new set of lots of stuff!! When I got married recently I got some new things, but now I feel like I need even more grown up stuff since I’m cooking more 🙂 xx Bee

  21. Kevin

    June 27, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this information with us! I love to cook a different kind of food and I need tools like this. If you want to try making new food, you will for sure need to buy something from this blog. That Measuring cups and spoons look so nice, I would love to have them. Did somebody buy them?

    1. Vaishali

      June 27, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thanks Kevin. I am glad the list seems helpful. As far as the tools shopping is concerned – I don’t think anybody bought them from these links. But I got a lot of positive feedback..:)

  22. Suhana Morgan

    October 22, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Supportive Information about the kitchen tools. I value your diligent work. It will be useful for each servant. A lot of blogs I search related things but you can delightful me. Thanks to share. please keep it up.

  23. Elochiblog

    December 10, 2018 at 9:32 am

    This is indeed very nice, will be perfect for my home

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