The great thing about this list is that most of the items are under $20, but are very useful to have on hand. Some things would be way more difficult to do without them, some would be impossible.

  • Vegetable Peeler


    Ok, I know I said most things were under $20, but I’d never had a GOOD vegetable peeler until a few years ago and it is LIFE CHANGING. If you can afford a high quality peeler, I highly recommend it.
  • Pizza Cutter

  • Biscuit Cutter
    This set includes a bench scraper, which is also on the intermediate list.


Or this is just a set of biscuit cutters

  • Bench scraper

  • Potato Masher

  • Ladle

  • Microplane Grater (this one has a few color options)

  • Basting Brushes

  • Rolling Pin

Or this fun set here

  • Steamer Basket

  • Cookie Scoop

  • Mini Chopper

  • Salad Spinner

    • Citrus Juicer

  • Potato Ricer

  • Spiralizer

Also on the list are a wok, rice cooker, crock pot, hand mixer and blender. I don’t have any of these items because I have an InstantPot and a Vitamix, so I’m not comfortable making personal recommendations for these items.

I highly recommend purchasing an InstantPot instead of a rice cooker/crockpot and a Vitamix or other high speed blender instead of a hand mixer or conventional blender. If you can’t afford a Vitamix (I get it, they’re really expensive), then some blenders also function as food processors or mini choppers.Those are a better choice than low power blenders that only blend.

Please see the “Advanced Cooking Utensils” list for my recommendations.