Today I wanted to share with you all the kitchen tools you need to meal prep. Even before I started meal prepping, I did a LOT of cooking. I have done more than enough cooking to have figured out which kitchen tools are the most helpful and which ones are a waste of money.
For those who are first starting out, I have created a list of the kitchen tools that I use the most. These are the items I would recommend people start to add to their kitchen as they go along.
I have grouped them into categories for prepping, cooking, and storing food.
Don’t feel like you have to go out and purchase all of these items today. This is just a list of items I have acquired over the years that I think make meal prepping a little easier each week.
Essential Kitchen Tools You Need to Meal Prep: Prepping your food.
A set of quality knives
A good set of quality knives makes meal prepping soooooo much easier. Being able to quickly and efficiently chop up your ingredients will save you a lot of time and energy.
This is one area I recommend you splurge a little to get the best quality. I have bought cheaper knife sets that quickly start to go dull and it gets pretty frustrating fast.
This set here has everything you need plus a peeler, kitchen scissors, a knife sharpener, and a convenient stand.
If you are going to do any kind of cooking, but especially meal prepping, I recommend having a few nice cutting boards on hand. These are great for any chopping or shredding that needs to be done. I also like to use them to prep things like sandwiches, homemade pizzas, and biscuits.
I like these flexible cutting boards. They are easy to use to transfer food into bowls and pots. They also come in a set of 6, so you don’t have to keep rewashing the cutting boards while you’re cooking. These cutting boards are dishwasher safe and they come with symbols on the cutting boards, so you can use specific cutting boards for specific types of food.
Mixing bowls in different sizes
The next essential kitchen tool for meal prep is mixing bowls. I use my mixing bowls for every single meal prep and throughout the week. They are great for mixing together baking ingredients, salads, dough, batters, and more. There are very few things you can’t use them for.
I like this set here because they have different sizes and they are microwave safe. I would suggest getting 2 sets if you can.
Measuring cups and spoons are important because you use them to measure your ingredients as you cook. The metal measuring cups and spoons are for dry solids. The glass measuring cups are for wet liquids.
I like this set here because they are durable and easy to organize. I also like that the labels are engraved, so they don’t wash off after several cycles through the dishwasher.
Cooking utensils are good for prepping and cooking. You can use this set here. They are pretty inexpensive, but mine have lasted for several years.
Essential Kitchen Tools You Need to Meal Prep: Cooking Food.
A Slow Cooker
This is my favorite kitchen appliance. I use it every single week when I meal prep. I use it to make lots of soups and stews. My favorite is to use it to precook any chicken or beef I’m using that week.
I like to get my slow cooker going first thing in the morning on meal prep day, and then by the time I am ready to finish my meals, my meat is already cooked and ready to be added with very little work on my part.
This slow cooker here is great because it has a digital timer so it will shift from cook to warm automatically. This is so nice when you set it to cook and aren’t sure if you will be back home right when it needs to be turned off. I have overcooked a meal or two that very way.
So a pressure cooker is like a slow cooker but better. A pressure cooker can cook a huge variety of meals and have it done in a fraction of the time. A pressure cooker can double as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, warmer, steamer, and a pan for sauteing.
Now I have to admit, I am still a rookie with my pressure cooker. I am still way more familiar with my slow cooker than my pressure cooker. I still realize that a pressure cooker has a lot more options and capabilities than a slow cooker.
Both items are on my list because if you are just starting out or new, the slow cooker is a better option. Also, a slow cooker is a lot more affordable than a pressure cooker. I have this pressure cooker here. It has worked very well for me so far. As I learn to master it better, I’m certain it’s going to become my new favorite.
Copper pots, pans, and bakeware
So this is one of my FAVORITE kitchen tools you need to meal prep! Like y’all don’t even know! Not only do these cook amazingly well, but the clean up is soooo easy. If you have ever spent time trying to scrub stubborn food off of dishes then you will love these pots and pans as much as I do.
I have had my current set for almost a year, and they are still holding up fabulously! They make doing a meal prep so much easier, because when it’s time to clean the dishes afterward, I don’t have to spend near as long scrubbing pots and pans as I used to.
I recommend this set here. They hold up well and I like the color. I always wash mine by hand, so I can’t guarantee they will hold up well in the dishwasher. As easy as they are to clean though, I don’t really find this to be a big deterrent.
They also have a set of bakeware here that is also great. I especially like the size of these baking pans. They can easily hold big meals which is perfect for meal prepping.
Glass baking dishes
Glass baking dishes are great for meal prep because they are another versatile dish. You can use them to cook your food, and then once it’s cooled, you can pop the lid on top and put it in the refrigerator. Less work for you!
I have a set of Pyrex glass dishes that I got as a wedding gift. I have used them many times over the years (over 13 years!) and they are still holding up almost like new! They have survived several moves and I always put them in the dishwasher. You can’t get much better quality than that!
This set here is inexpensive and will cover your basics. If you cook a lot of meals during your meal prep, you could always get a few extra sets.
So if you have plans of traveling with your freshly prepared healthy meals, you will definitely need some good containers to do that. Or if you want to be super careful with your portion control, these are also great for that as well.
I have a set that I have used for the past 2-3 years. They are still holding up well and I haven’t had any issues with them. I like to use them when we travel with food for my kids as well. The different sections keep all of the food nice and separate, which I like. They are safe for the microwave, dishwasher, and freezer. You can find them here.
If you are wary of plastic and prefer glass, they have some nice ones here.
So those are my 10 essential kitchen tools you need to meal prep. These are the tools that I use almost every week and have been so helpful in making my meal prep easier. There are endless amounts of kitchen appliances and gadgets out there, but as long as you have these, you will be able to make healthy meals for you and your family.
Now that you know all the tools you need, head over to my article How to Meal Prep in 4 Easy Steps to learn how to do it. You can also head over to my FREE downloads page to sign up for some great meal plans, or my Meal Prep Start Kit that walks you through everything you need to know for your first meal prep.
If you have any must-have kitchen tools for meal prep, leave a comment below or email me at Candice@littlestepsbighappy.com.
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