3 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

Whether you're stocking a new kitchen or adding to your collection of tools, certain kitchen gadgets are essential. Without the proper equipment, cooking becomes a chore. Check out these three must-have kitchen utensils. From slicing to paring, a solid knife is your most intimate cooking tool. Like an extension of your hand, a good knife transfers power from body to food, giving you fine control over every cut. Contrary to popular opinion, you don't need an extensive collection of knives-one chef's knife will handle most tasks. Try a Global knife, a stainless-steel handled beauty with an ergonomic design. Shun is another great option, an incredibly sharp and delicate knife that cuts effortlessly.

For baking projects, nothing works faster and better than a stand mixer. Since 1919, KitchenAid has been making durable mixers that handle nearly any home recipe. With attachments like a dough hook and a whisk, the KitchenAid mixer accelerates baking tasks to warp speed.

Once you get that cookie dough made, don't turn to traditional parchment paper. Instead, use Silpat, a flexible silicone mat. Baked goods come off easy, and they can take a serious beating. These innovative sheets turn your home kitchen into a professional workshop.

If you happen to have a hankering for cookies to try your newly stocked kitchen with, try this recipe. For a longer list of kitchen gadgets, click here.