Culinary equipment for preparing and cooking food


An assortment of utensils
A kitchen utensil is a hand-held, typically small tool that is designed for food-related functions. Food preparation utensils are a specific type of kitchen utensil, designed for use in the preparation of food. Some utensils are both food preparation utensils and eating utensils; for instance some implements of cutlery – especially knives – can be used for both food preparation in a kitchen and as eating utensils when dining.

In the Western world, utensil invention accelerated in the 19th and 20th centuries. It was fuelled in part by the emergence of technologies such as the kitchen stove and refrigerator, but also by a desire to save time in the kitchen, in response to the demands of modern lifestyles


List of food preparation utensils
Name Alternative names Purpose in food preparation Design Image
Apple corer To remove the core and pips from apples and similar fruits  Apple corer
Apple cutter To cut apple and similar fruits easily while simultaneously removing the core and pips. Cf. peeler Apple cutter
Baster Used during cooking to cover meat in its own juices or with a sauce. An implement resembling a simple pipette, consisting of a tube to hold the liquid, and a rubber top which makes use of a partial vacuum to control the liquid’s intake and release. The process of drizzling the liquid over meat is called basting– when a pastry brush is used in place of a baster, it is known as a basting brush. Baster
Biscuit cutter Biscuit mould, Cookie cutter, Cookie mould Shaping biscuit dough Generally made of metal or plastic, with fairly sharp edges to cut through dough. Some biscuit cutters simply cut through dough that has been rolled flat, others also imprint or mould the dough’s surface. Biscuit cutter
Biscuit press Cookie press A device for making pressed cookiessuch as spritzgebäck. It consists of a cylinder with a plunger on one end which is used to extrude cookie dough through a small hole at the other end. Typically the cookie press has interchangeable perforated plates with holes in different shapes, such as a star shape or a narrow slit to extrude the dough in ribbons. Biscuit press
Blow torch Blowtorch, blowlamp Commonly used to create a hard layer of caramelized sugar in a crème brûlée.[2] Mondo Micro Blow Torch_1
Boil over preventer Milk watcher, Milk guard, Pot minder Preventing liquids from boiling over outside of the pot A disc with a raised rim, designed to ensure an even distribution of temperature throughout the pot. This preventing bubbles from forming in liquids such as milk, or water which contains starch (for instance if used to cook pasta). Can be made of metal, glass or ceramic materials. Boil over preventer Boil over preventer3
Bottle opener Twists the metal cap off of a bottle Bottle opener
Bowl To hold food, including food that is ready to be served A round, open topped container, capable of holding liquid. Materials used to make bowls vary considerably, and include wood, glass and ceramic materials. stainless steel mixing bowl
Bread knife To cut soft bread A serrated blade made of metal, and long enough to slice across a large loaf of bread. Using a sawing motion, instead of pushing force as with most knives, it is possible to slice the loaf without squashing it. Bread knife
Browning tray Browning plate, Browning bowl Used in a microwave oven to help turn food brown Generally made of glass or porcelain to absorb heat, which helps colour the layer of food in contact with its surface.  Browning tray
Butter curler Used to produce decorative buttershapes. Butter curler
Cake and pie server Cake shovel, pie cutter To cut slices in pies or cakes, and then transfer to a plate or container This utensil typically features a thin edge to assist with slicing, and a large face, to hold the slice whilst transferring to a plate, bowl or other container. Cake and pie server
Cheese knife Used to cut cheese. 31p9u6Z5C-L
Cheesecloth To assist in the formation of cheese A gauzed cotton cloth, used to remove whey from cheese curds, and to help hold the curds together as the cheese is formed. cheesecloth
Chef’s knife Originally used to slice large cuts of beef, it is now the general utility knife for most Western cooks. Chef's knife
Cherry pitter Olive stoner Used for the removal of pits (stones) from cherries or olives. Cherry pitter img_oxo_cherry_pitter_4
Chinois Chinoise Straining substances such as custards, soups and sauces, or to dust food with powder A conical sieve 419laWZmSzL._SX355_
Cleaver Hacking through bone or slicing large vegetables (such as squash). The knife’s broad side can also be used for crushing in food preparation (such as garlic). A large broad bladed knife. Cleaver
Colander Used for draining substances cooked in water A bowl-shaped container with holes, typically made from plastic or metal. It differs from a sieve due to its larger holes, allowing larger pieces of food, such as pasta, to be drained quickly. Ultimate-Kitchen-Colander
Corkscrew Pierces and removes a cork from a bottle. 150px-Korkenzieher_01_KMJ
Crab cracker Lobster cracker Used to crack the shell of a crab or lobster A clamping device, similar in design to a nutcracker but larger, with ridges on the inside to grip the shell.[2] Crab-Pincer-Crab-Cracker
Cutting board A portable board on which food can be cut. Usually smaller and lighter than butcher’s blocks, generally made from wood or plastic. Cutting board
Dough scraper Bench scraper, Scraper, Bench knife To shape or cut dough, and remove dough from a worksurface Most dough scrapers consist of handle wide enough to be held in one or two hands, and an equally wide, flat, steel face. Dough scraper
Egg piercer Pierces the air pocket of an eggshell with a small needle to keep the shell from cracking during hard-boiling. If both ends of the shell are pierced, the egg can be blown out while preserving the shell (for crafts). it150331_PiercyEggPiercer
Egg poacher Holds a raw egg, and is placed inside a pot of boiling water to poach an egg. 61bbRJ3tnsL._SL1104_
Egg separator A slotted spoon-like utensil used to separate the yolk of an egg from theegg white. Egg separator
Egg slicer Slicing peeled, hard-boiled eggs quickly and evenly. Consists of a slotted dish for holding the egg and a hinged plate of wires or blades that can be closed to slice.[3] egg-slicer-l-25a8c3713ed314e9
Egg timer Used to correctly time the process of boiling eggs. Historical designs range considerably, from hourglasses, to mechanical or electronic timers, to electronic devices which sense the water temperature and calculate the boiling rate. Egg timer
Fillet knife A long, narrow knife with a finely serrated blade, used to slice fine filetcuts of fish or other meat. Fillet knife
Fish scaler Urokotori Used to remove the scales from the skin of fish before cooking stainless-professional-fish-scaler
Fish slice Spatula, turner Used for lifting or turning food during cooking wide-fish-slice-132-p
Flour sifter Blends flour with other ingredients and aerates it in the process.[4]  Flour sifter
Food mill Used to mash or sieve soft foods. Typically consists of a bowl, a plate with holes like a colander, and a crank with a bent metal blade which crushes the food and forces it through the holes. Food mill
Funnel Used to channel liquid or fine-grained substances into containers with a small opening.[2] A pipe with a wide, conical mouth and a narrow stem. Funnel
Garlic press Presses garlic cloves to create a puree, functioning like a specialized ricer. 8662_garlicpress-v2_rev_600x600
Grapefruit knife Finely serrated knife for separating segments of grapefruit or other citrus fruit.[5] grapefruit-knife Grapefruit knife
Grater Cheese grater, Shredder 051093031-04-amco-box-grater_ld
Gravy strainer Gravy separator A small pouring jug that separates roast meat drippings from melted fat, for making gravy.[2]  Gravy strainer
Herb chopper Chops or minces raw herbs.  triangle-mezzaluna
Honey dipper Drizzles honey. Honey dipper
Ladle A ladle is a type of serving spoon used for soup, stew, or other foods. 2ladle
Lame Used to slash the tops of bread loaves in artisan baking. Lame
Lemon reamer A juicer with a fluted peak at the end of a short handle, where a half a lemon is pressed to release the juice. Lemon reamer
Lemon squeezer A juicer, similar in function to a lemon reamer, with an attached bowl. Operated by pressing the fruit against a fluted peak to release the juice into the bowl. Lemon squeezer
Lobster pick Lobster fork A long-handled, narrow pick, used to pull meat out of narrow legs and other parts of a lobster or crab.[2] Lobster pick
Mandoline Mandoline
Mated colander pot  Mated colander pot
Measuring cup Measuring jug,Measuring jar The Pyrex-brand traditional measuring cup (the Anchor Hocking-brand look-alike is shown, right) is available in 1 cup (8 ounce), 2 cup (16 ounce), 4 cup (32 ounce) and 8 cup (64 ounce) sizes and includes U.S. customary units in quarter, third, half and two-thirds cup increments, as well as metric units. Measuring cup
Measuring spoon Typically sold in a set that measures dry or wet ingredients in amounts from 1/4 teaspoon (1.25 ml) up to 1 tablespoon (15 ml).[6] Measuring spoon
Meat grinder Mincer Operated with a hand-crank, this presses meat through a chopping orpureeing attachment. 150px-Fleischwolf.ganz
Meat tenderiser Meat tenderiser
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Melon baller Small scoop used to make smooth balls of melon or other fruit, or potatoes.[5] danesco-melon-baller-bpc
Mezzaluna To finely and consistently chop/mincefoods, especially herbs. mezzaluna_salad_chopper
Mortar and pestle Molcajete To crush food, releasing flavours and aromas Generally made from either porcelain or wood, the mortar is shaped as a bowl. The pestle, generally shaped like a small club, is used to forcefully squeeze ingredients such as herbs against the mortar.[7] 61IBNgSkPHL._SL1200_
Nutcracker To crack open the hard outer shell of various nuts. 150px-Nutcracker,_metal
Nutmeg grater A small, specialized grating blade fornutmeg. Nutmeg grater
Oven glove Oven mitt To protect hands from burning when handling hot pots or trays. Oven glove
Pastry bag To evenly dispense soft substances (doughs, icings, fillings, etc.). Pastry bag
Pastry blender Cuts into pastry ingredients, such as flour and butter, for blending and mixing while they are in a bowl. It is made of wires curved into a crescent shape and held by a rigid handle.[4] 61wDsOmbY1L._SL1060_
Pastry brush Basting brush To spread oil, juices, sauce or glaze on food. Some brushes have wooden handles and natural or plasticbristles, whilst others have metal or plastic handles andsilicone bristles. 150px-Kitchen-Silicone-Brush
Pastry wheel Cuts straight or crimped lines through dough for pastry or pasta.  41Qp-y9xScL._SY300_
Peel Pizza shovel


Potato peeler 170412280 Peeler
Pepper mill Burr mill, burr grinder, pepper grinder Pepper mill
Pie bird Pie vent, pie funnel Pie bird
Pizza cutter Pizza slicer Wildwood-ovens-and-bbqs-Pizza-accessories-Pizza-cutter
Potato masher Potato masher
Potato ricer Ricer Presses very smooth vegetable mashes or purees, operates similar to a meat grinder/mincer. Potato ricer
Pot-holder Pot-holder
Poultry shears Used for dejointing and cutting uncooked poultry; reinforced with a spring, they have one serrated blade and pointed tips. Poultry shears
Roller docker images (3)
Rolling pin A long, rounded wooden or marble tool rolled across dough to flatten it. large-rolling-pin-wood-10-1-2-x-2
Salt shaker Salt shaker
Scales Kitchen scales, Weighing scales scales
Scissors Kitchen scissors 150px-Kitchen-Scissors
Scoop Ice cream scoop 150px-Kitchen-Scooper-Large
Sieve Sifter, Strainer Sieve
Slotted spoon Skimmer Slotted spoon
Spatula 71KsCSJuj7L._SL1500_
Spider Sieve, spoon sieve, spoon skimmer, basket skimmer For removing hot food from a liquid or skimming foam off when making broths A wide shallow wire-mesh basket with a long handle 2010019-eq-basic-part 1-spider modern-cooking-spoons
Sugar thermometer Candy thermometer Measuring the temperature, or stage, of sugar large_SugarThermometer_product_image_4f0c524d7f6d0
Tamis Drum sieve Used as a strainer, grater, or food mill. A tamis has a cylindrical edge, made of metal or wood, that supports a disc of fine metal, nylon, or horsehair mesh. Ingredients are pushed through the mesh. tamis-inox-220-064-1-640
Tin opener Can opener To open tins or cans Designs vary considerably; the earliest tin openers were knives, adapted to open a tin as easily as possible. 150px-Kitchen-Modern-Can-Opener
Tomato knife Used to slice through tomatoes. A small serrated knife. 31pen2iKMsL
Tongs For gripping and lifting. Usually used to move items on hot surfaces, such as barbecues, or to select small or grouped items, such as sugar cubes or salad portions. Two long arms with a pivot near the handle. Tongs
Trussing needle For pinning, or sewing up, poultry and other meat.[8] Needle, about 20 cm long and about 3mm in diameter, sometimes with a blade at end for pushing through poultry Trussing needle
Twine Butcher’s twine, Cooking twine, Kitchen string, Kitchen twine For trussing roasts of meat or poultry. Twine must be cotton—never synthetic—and must be natural—never bleached—in order to be “food grade”. Twine
Whisk Balloon whisk, gravy whisk, flat whisk, flat coil whisk, bell whisk, and other types. To blend ingredients smooth, or to incorporate air into a mixture, in a process known as whisking or whipping Most whisks consist of a long, narrow handle with a series of wire loops joined at the end. Whisks are also made frombamboo. stainless-steel-hd-whisk
Wooden spoon For mixing and stirring during cooking and baking. Wooden spoon
Zester For obtaining zest from lemons and other citrus fruit.[5] A handle and a curved metal end, the top of which is perforated with a row of round holes with sharpened rims CitrusZester.



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