5 Must Have Kitchen Tools for New Kitchens

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Jul 12, 2022

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Courtney Kassel

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5 Must-Have Kitchen Tools for New Kitchens

Whether you’re building out a kitchen for the first time, stocking a recent grad’s first apartment, or looking to go beyond the registry for some newlyweds, there are a few key pieces every kitchen should have. Here are my top 5 gifting picks for the best essential kitchen tools for anyone looking to level up their cooking skills.


1. A Spatula (or Two)

I’m starting with my favorite tool, the holy grail, the spatula. They come in all shapes and sizes but the Ultimate Spatula is GIR’s original size and a jack-of-all-trades spatula, ready to tackle whatever you’re cooking. An everyday spatula, it’s designed for any cook from novice to pro chef, with a sturdy yet flexible blade to hug the curve of any bowl, pots, or pan. It’s especially great for anyone cooking a lot of eggs since it’s safe on non-stick pans. It’s worth mentioning the GIR spatula is a cut above the rest since it’s made with premium silicone and single-piece construction, meaning it won’t chip, break, or come apart over time. They’re built to last, so you can gift this spatula knowing that it will follow them from apartment to apartment, kitchen to kitchen.


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2. A Spoonula

half spoon, half spatula, 100% GIR original. This is by far one of the most versatile and frequently-used tools in my cooking arsenal! It can be used almost anywhere you’d use a spatula, but with its curved sides and a deeper bowl, it’s ideal for heavier mixes and harder-to-reach corners. The Spoonula moves effortlessly from cooking to baking to serving; it scrapes, scoops, and serves up whatever dish your heart desires. Beginners can use the Spoonula for baking batters of cake or brownies, when cooking and serving scrambled eggs, or for scraping out every last morsel of cookie dough from a mixing bowl (even if that ends up being chef’s treat!) I love to give the Spoonula as a gift because it’s a versatile tool that every cook– from amateur to pro– can use on a daily basis. It’s the best thing they never knew they needed!


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3. A Flipper

A gift for the brunch-obsessed and beyond. The Ultimate Flip is my BFF at breakfast time; from fried eggs to pancakes to bacon, with it in hand I can flip my way through any recipe. It expertly lifts with thin edges that are designed to slide under even the most hard and stuck-on or delicate foods. Plus, it’s made with premium silicone, so it’s flexible enough to use on nonstick pans, yet durable enough to last, meaning it won’t melt if someone accidentally leaves it resting on the pan’s edge for too long. From sweet cookies and crepes to savory sliders and salmon filets, this tool will help them flip, lift, and smash their way to more delicious dishes.

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4. A Spoon

I consider the spoon the sleeper hit of this entire list, because it’s not necessarily revolutionary, yet you find yourself reaching for it perhaps more than any other tools. From stirring to skimming to scooping and serving, there’s very little the The Ultimate Spoon can’t do, especially with its deep bowl and flexible edges. No matter the recipe, you can find a use for the Ultimate Spoon. I reach for it to drizzle dressings and sauces, butter baste steaks, and even to frost cakes and cupcakes. It’s a versatile tool that comes in handy more than any cook could anticipate.


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5. A Ladle

The final tool I recommend for beginner cooks is a ladle. While a spoon will do for many tasks, a ladle comes in more than handy. It goes from stovetop to tabletop, helping to cook and serve up soups, stews, and sauces. The GIR Ultimate Ladle is a staple because it’s designed with a precision pouring edge that won’t spill a drop, as well as a flexible silicone bowl to scoop up even in the hardest-to-reach corners. A ladle is also great for poaching eggs, draining pasta, and  It’s also ideal for amateur bakers portioning muffin or cupcake or even pancake batter since its bowl has embossed measurement lines on the inside, holding up to that holds up to ¾ cup at a time.

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6. Bonus Tool: A Whisk

If you’re looking for a gift for the baker in your life, or anyone looking to take their dessert skills up a notch, look no further than the Ultimate Whisk. With 12 stainless steel wires designed with specific spacing and tension, it works to create maximum aeration and foam production with minimal effort. When it comes to aerating egg whites for meringue, creating delicate emulsifications, or just whipping cream, I promise they will be happy to have the Ultimate Whisk in hand.


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Oh, and the best part of these essentials? They all come in a nifty bundle called the Ultimate Tool Set, primed and ready for any gifting needs. Whether you opt for individuals or the whole set, you can shop confidently knowing that the GIR's award-winning kitchen tools are designed to empower and equip every cook, no matter their skill level, with the tools to get it right.


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