Cooking Basics: Utensil Cheat Sheet

Food. - by Sigalle Barness

For those new to cooking, the lack of proper tools is the first obstacle that many encounter. Thus, I have compiled a kitchen cheat sheet of utensils for the aspiring chef that will help reduce if not eliminate those first obstacles.  The quality and brand are up to you, but knowing the main things to have in the kitchen when the time comes is half the battle!



  • Use: To flip, turn and pick up food from the bottom with ease.
  • Common Uses:  Eggs, Pancakes, Hamburgers, seared fish and meats, etc.



  • Use: To mix, scoop and serve large portions of liquids or other liquid like foods.
  • Common Uses:  Soups and Stews

Basting Brush

Basting Brush

  • Use: To brush proteins with oils, sauces, juices and other marinades.
  • Common Uses: Baked, Grilled, and broiled meats, fish, and vegetables

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon

  • Use: To mix without scraping pots and pans, withstands heat and…

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Author: Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Chief Operating Officer of Lawline, the nation's leading online provider of Continuing Legal Education. Sigalle provides leadership and vision to ensure Lawline has the proper processes and people in place to effectively grow the organization while ensuring financial strength, stability, and profitability. Sigalle approaches her work with respect, candor, and a balance of decisiveness and flexibility as she furthers the objectives of the company. Sigalle's favorite things in the whole world are her husband and two children. Sigalle also loves good food and travel. She is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, and cooking.

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