Sustainable buying guide: Kitchen utensils you’ll just luve and use forever

Sustainable buying guide: Kitchen utensils you’ll just luve and use forever

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the place where you nourish both the body and the soul. For me, making cooking easy and enjoyable is essential to living a more sustainable life as it allows me to create great meals, the majority of the time at least, made from ingredients that I chose and know where most of it came from.

I’ve gathered our favourite tools and utensils that make cooking enjoyable and fun, these are also tools that you’ll love for many years to come!

Essential sustainable kitchen utensils

Le Cruset set

Le Creuset
3-Ply Stainless Steel Cookware Set
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Stainless Steel Cookware

My mom, to this day, has a set of good quality stainless steel pots and pans that she’s had since moving into her first home over 50 years ago. If you buy a versatile set of good quality, thick based, stainless steel cookware, it really is a purchase for life. Don’t fall for the non-stick coated versions as this is not likely to last long, the coating will come off eventually and there are many stories about the toxicity of these coatings.

In my experience, the only reason why stainless steel may not last forever is if you leave them unattended on the stove as the bottom will buckle when they get grossly overheated. This happened in our kitchen, we mourned our expensive Le Cruset pan for several months before eventually replacing it. Let’s say we won’t be doing that again!

A Set of Good Quality Knives

Having a good set of basic knives can go a long way. You don’t need every possible option, just a solid basic set to get started is good and will save you a few tears next time you slice onions.

Whether you’re chopping a chunky pumpkin or portioning a high-welfare or organic chicken, a good set of knives makes easy work of a tedious task. Just mind your fingers, good knife skills will help you to keep your pointy ones intact.

I love Wusthof, they produce German precision knives that will last you many years if you treat them well. We own this classic series 3 piece set. It is a great starter set and comes with a Classic 20cm Cook’s Knife, Classic 16cm Utility Knife and Classic 9cm Paring Knife.

Wusthoff classic knife set

Wusthoff
Classic 3-Piece Knife Set
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Dutch Oven

Cast iron cookware is a wonderful thing. It’s versatile and will work on induction hobs or it can go straight on the barbeque. Cook anything from a 30 min meal to an aromatic Italian sausage and bean casserole.

Dutch Oven

Le Crueset
Dutch oven in red
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Enamel Oven Roaster

An enamel oven roaster with lid is invaluable. I use mine to roast just about anything, given the versatility of the lid you can steam and slow cook in the oven for extra tender veggies and meats.

Enamel roasting tin

Various brands depending on country
Enamel Self Basting Roaster with Lid
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Zero-Waste Kitchen utensils for all scenarios

Garlic Crush and Slice

The secret is to buy a garlic crusher and slicer that will last for many years. This steel option should stand the test of time. 

Garlic slice and crush

Various brands depending on country
Garlic slicer and crusher
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Nested Mixing Bowls

Nested mixing bowls with lids are an absolute staple in my kitchen. It allows you to mix, bake and store a multitude of foods.

Nested Stainless Mixing Bowls

Various brands depending on country
Set of 6 nested mixing bowls
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Measuring cups and spoons set

A good stainless steel measuring set is a once in a lifetime purchase you won’t regret. Even if you don’t bake a lot it always comes in handy. 

Stainless steel measuring cups and spoons

Various brands depending on country
Set of stainless cups and spoons
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Pyrex Bake Set

No kitchen should be without a good set of Pyrex baking and roasting dishes. It’s an absolute must-have and can help reduce plastic.

Pyrex 3 set

Pyrex glass
3 piece set (style varies by country
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Box Grater

Box graters are an all-in-one solution to most grating scenarios. You can zest, grate (fine and coarse) and slice. 

box grater

Various brands depending on country
4 sided stainless steel box grater
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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Sara

    Hey, I agree.
    I prefer to buy goo Kitchen utensils, they will last longer.
    Rather than cheaper and not performing great. Food needs love.

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