Cooking 101

20 Essential Kitchen Tools Under $20


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The secret to the perfect kitchen: knowing when to splurge. A solid chef’s knife, a dependable coffee machine — some workhorses warrant the investment. That said, there are many unsung heroes of the kitchen, most of which cost less than $20 a pop. Some haven’t changed in decades. Others are new-and-improved versions of the classics. But they all share the same trait: they work. (Already have your perfect kitchen? Then learn how to use it.)

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Spatula by Winco $5

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Long-Probe Cooking Thermometers by Harbor $7

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Original Swiss Peeler by Kuhn Rikon $7

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All-Purpose Beechwood Spoon by Sur La Table $8

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Narrow Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons by CEK Choice $10

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11-Inch Balloon Whisk by OXO Good Grips $10

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4-Quart Rimmed Mixing Bowl by Pyrex $10

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Swiss Classic 4-Inch Paring Knife by Victorinox $10

Practical Knife Skills That Will Change the Way You Cook

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Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Barker’s Half Sheet by Nordic Ware $11

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Cotton Classic Kitchen Towels by Royal $12

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Classic Zester and Grater by Microplane $12

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Deluxe Can Opener by EZ-DUZ-IT $13

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12-Inch Stainless Steel Locking Tongs by OXO Good Grips $13

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Susi 3-Garlic Press by Zyliss $14

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Gray Kunz Perforated Spoon by JB Prince $13

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Prepworks Cutting Board by Progressive $15

The Tools That World-Class Chefs Can’t Cook Without

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Kitchen Shears by J.A. Henckels $16

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10.5-Inch Cast Iron Skillet by Lodge $16

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Micro-perforated Stainless Steel 5-quart Colander by Bellemain $17

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Lemon Squeezer by A&A Home $19