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Top 20 Essential Kitchen Supplies for Any Home Chef

With the ever-encroaching holiday season, many people will begin to cook meals at home. The desire to prepare meals and feel like it was done by a Michelin star chef is highly sought after. The issue then becomes, how do those professional chefs cook and produce such delicious foods? What’s more, how can you become a professional chef at home?

The simple answer would be to take classes and learn those high-end culinary techniques. However, more than anything, chefs are only as good as the tools they use. To make a comparison, painters can be trained and have those skills, but without a paintbrush, their skills will be extremely diminished.

We here at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies aim to show you the kitchen tools professional chefs use and how you can set up your kitchen like a professional. These are the top 20 items any home chef should have to cook like a professional at home.

Kitchen Hand Protection

20.   Ovens Mitts/ Potholders

The greatest concern in one’s kitchen should always be safety and protection. Safety is essential, whether it comes from how you handle your equipment, tools, or how you prepare your meals.

It’s simple to keep your hands safe from hot pans, pots, and other objects. Any experienced cook should always have a set of oven mitts and potholders on hand. Bringing the same concept home helps you avoid any unfortunate mishaps.


Pizza Supplies

Wood fire pizza ovens and stone pizza ovens are becoming increasingly popular in homes. People are enthralled by the prospect of creating their style of pizza to serve at events, parties, and family gatherings. Consider the following things if you’re a home cook looking to replicate those great pizza outcomes you’ve seen elsewhere: 

19.  Pizza Dough Dockers-

A dough docker or a pizza dough roller is a kitchen utensil that looks like a spiked rolling pin. The main function of this tool is to roll over flattened dough to prick the surface of the dough evenly to prevent over rising or large air pocket formation which tends to burn easier.


18.  Pizza Cutters-

Slicing your pizzas in correct portion size can be challenge without these kitchen tools. Typically formed as curve cutters or wheel cutters, these tools are usually made of stainless steel for durability. The design of the cutters is intended to prevent damage to the pizza’s top layers or toppings.


17.  Pizza Screens-

Pizza screens are excellent for baking any handmade pizza. The screen enables the dough to breathe, preventing soggy crusts and allowing for more uniform cooking. These screens are typically made of aluminum or anodized aluminum and range in size from 8″ to 40″ in diameter. With the use of the pizza screens, you can get the conventional, fluffier crust textures you’d find in any normal pizza joint.

Metal-Pizza Screens

 Measuring and Storage

16.  Food Storage Containers-

Food storage is always important in any kitchen to keep products fresh. Maintaining quality is always a chef’s responsibility, whether it’s straight out of the package or newly cooked after a meal. In addition to keeping your refrigerator or freezer clean, using the right containers in your kitchen will help you stay organized.


15.  Measuring Cups & Spoons-

Baker’s or chefs understand that precisely measuring ingredients is critical to achieving a delicate taste balance in any meal. Measuring accurately and ensuring that the recipe is followed is made simple by using measuring cups and spoons. While most experienced chefs can accomplish this by taste, these measurement instruments ensure that your meals are always on target at home.

Measuring-Cup-Measuring Spoons

14.   Kitchen Thermometers-

Why do I need a thermometer if I know what temperature I’m cooking at and how long I’ll be cooking for? To put it another way, a thermometer enables any operator to precisely prepare food items to the correct temperature. When preparing meat, poultry, or fish, this is very crucial. Achieving those perfect temperature levels allows any home chef to create high-quality dishes that you would find at a high-end restaurant.

Yellow Food Thermometer


13.  Baking Pans-

A sheet pan, also known as a baking pan, may be used in a multitude of ways, making it excellent for cooks and bakers alike. This pan can handle bacon, veggies, messy cake batter, and a variety of other foods. Usually constructed from aluminum or steel for durability, these pans can also come in various sizes to fit the needs of any chef. Typically, quarter size or half size sheet pans are best for home use.


12.  Sauce Pots-

The sauce pot is a larger piece of cookware designed for use on the cook top which is beneficial for any chef. Sauce pots are used for simmering or boiling large quantities of ingredients together because they have vertical sides that are the same height as their diameter and two short sturdy handles.


11.  Frying Pans-

The versatility of frying pans is what makes them so useful for any home chef. This kitchen tool is a flat-bottomed pan which is great for frying, searing, or browning various food items. Usually constructed from copper, cast iron, and aluminum makes these pans durable for any kitchen.

 In addition, some pans are coated with non-stick material for easy cleanup. This pan comes in a variety of sizes, making it suitable for a wide range of foods. Investment in a good set of pans can last any home chef for years to come.

Metal Frying Pans


10. Graters/Microplane-

To take a dish to the next level, most experienced chefs utilize a grater or a microplane to add that next level of flavor. From zesting a lemon or grating your high-quality cheese, these kitchen tools are a key part of any chef’s arsenal. With these items, adding that 5-star dish will be a cinch.


9. Mandolin Slicers

Any at-home chef knows that time isn’t always on their side. Hand slicing a pound of potatoes, or any vegetables is no small task for one lone cook. This is where a mandolin slicer helps and provides the ability for the chef to prep those items quickly and efficiently.

A mandolin slicer provides the ability to achieve those smooth, consistent even cuts that make cooking those food items simple. A great tool for home chefs who have feed lots of people with not a lot of time to prepare.

Mandoline Slicer

8.  Mixing Bowls-

A vital part of any operation whether it be at home or in a professional kitchen, the mixing bowl is an essential element. Whether it is combing wet or dry ingredients, making doughs or batters, or even making salads or sauces, this tool has multi-functionality.

Mixing bowls are constructed from a variety of materials such as stainless steel, plastic, ceramic, glass, and copper which can also vary in sizes from 1-1/2 to 12-quart bowls. Usually easy to clean and maintain, a quality bowl set can allow any home chef the ability to succeed.

Mixing Bowls


7.     Whisks or “French Whips”-

A whisk is an essential tool for any baker or chef, whether at home or in the restaurant. A whisk’s main function is to mix both wet and dry products, making them a key part of the food prep process. In addition, the action of this tool allows for air to enter the process, thus increasing the volume of the product.

Typically whisks are constructed from stainless steel or a hardened plastic for durability, while measuring anywhere between 6 to 24 inches in length. Similar to whisks, whips are larger versions constructed from similar materials, but tend to measure between 24 to 60 inches in length.


6.    Rubber Spatulas-

The rubber spatula is one of the most underappreciated kitchen tools. With its multi-functionality, this utensil can do everything from scraping the last bit of brownie batter out of the bowl to sautéing food items in the frying pan.

These tools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and are constructed from a variety of materials. It’s a good idea to look for ones constructed of silicone or a high-heat material rather than conventional rubber spatulas, which will melt if exposed to high heat.

High Heat Red Rubber Spatulas

5.   Tongs-

A utensil that many chefs use in everyday life while working is tongs. Kitchen tongs should be considered as an extension of your fingers. Whether it’s picking up hot food items from the pans or oven to turning them over to ensure even cooking, this utensil is a vital part of any operation. Adding them to your home provides the same capabilities as it would in any professional kitchen setting.  

Variety of Colored Metal Tongs


4. Knife Sharpener-

It’s critical to keep your knives sharp and of good quality. In the kitchen, a dull knife blade can cause injury, especially when cooking a variety of foods. A knife sharpener is important for any chef who wants to guarantee that their kitchen tools are always of the greatest quality. Just like your car needs an oil change after a certain number of miles, sharpening a knife after frequent usage is necessary to ensure proper handling skills.

Kitchen Sharpening-2

3.  Kitchen Shears-
Kitchen shears should be part of each chef’s cutlery collection, whether you need to snip herbs, open food packing, or break down poultry items. You might wonder why you’d want to buy kitchen shears when you already have scissors. The reason is simple: the pivot point of the blade is farther away from the handle on these scissors than on traditional scissors, allowing for stronger force when cutting through tough foods.

Kitchen Shears

2.  Cutting Boards-

Cutting boards, whether solid wood or hard plastic, are an essential part of any cook’s culinary prepping process. A cutting board is a sturdy, dependable surface that allows any chef to securely slice, dice, mince, or prepare a range of culinary products. Its smart for any home chef to consider having a set of cutting boards, as they can prevent injuries especially when using their knives to cut food items.

Wood Cutting Board

1.   Knives or Knives Set-

Just like a painter uses a brush to create their artwork, a chef uses their knives to create their masterpiece. Every chef around the world starts any dish by using their set of knives. Every chef should have at least these three knives:

A chef’s knife is the most important tool in every chef’s arsenal. This knife is typically 8-10 inches long and is mostly used to chop and dice fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Furthermore, this knife can help prepare a wide range of meats and other culinary items.

Chefs Knife

A paring knife is another item in a chef’s inventory. This knife’s main purpose is to do more detailed chores including peeling fruits and vegetables, scoring meats, and mincing garlic. Its blade is normally between 2-1/2 and 4 inches long.

Paring Knife

A serrated knife is another quality knife needed for any chef. Compared to a saw, this knife can cut through tough food items with hardy exteriors such a crusty bread.  

Serrated Knife

Any cook should consider the comfortability and balance of the knife when selecting a set of knives for their house. Remember that the knife is an extension of your hand, thus being able to operate with it comfortably is the goal.

Overall, having the essential kitchen tools and making a consistent effort to try new dishes and methods is what it takes to become a home chef. You won’t always get everything just right, but neither do expert cooks in the kitchen. The key to any kitchen’s success is having the right tools to do the job!

Migali Scientific Medical Refrigerators & Freezers

Made in the USA since 1955, Migali Scientific manufactures high performance scientific refrigeration units for governments, hospitals, labs, and medical institutions. Their medical grade refrigerators offer a CDC recommended solution for storage of vaccines, blood, pharmacy, and medical supplies. Engineered to exceed not only the CDC, but AABB & USP guidelines as well, Migali works closely with governing boards to ensure products exceed every requirement and guideline.

Why choose a Migali Scientific Medical Fridge?

Migali Scientific’s Genesis and Evolution Series medical units are purpose built for pharmacy, vaccine storage, blood bank and clinical use. The Genesis Series provides quality pharmacy grade refrigeration at a great price. The Evolution Series (EVOx) provides top performance and critical technology advancements to monitor the storing of high value products in critical environments. Burkett is here to help you explore Migali Scientific Medical Refrigerators & Freezers to ensure the right fit for your operation.

Undercounter Medical Refrigerators

Migali Scientific Undercounter Medical Refrigerators

Migali offers solid door, glass door, sliding drawers, shelves, standard height, or ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant undercounter units.

Upright Medical Refrigerators

Migali Scientific Upright Medical Refrigerators

Migali Scientific’s upright medical refrigerators & freezers are made to meet the heavy-duty cold storage demands within its specified environment. Manufactured as solid door or glass door styles with sliding drawers or shelves. Pass-thru and full-length ADA compliant door handles also complement select styles.

Temperature Monitoring Device (TMD)

Migali Scientific Optional IntevlVu Touch Screen

All vaccine refrigerators must have a reliable TMD. The CDC recommends (and VFC requires) the use of a continuous monitoring and data recording device called a “digital data logger” (DDL), it must be set to record at least every 30 minutes. Migali’s optional IntelVU® touch screen monitoring system easily allows for this requirement and much more!

Toledo institution Tony Packo’s chooses Burkett for newest location

Tony Packo’s has been serving authentic Hungarian food in the Toledo, OH area since 1932. Tony Packo’s offers a delicious menu with everything from Sweet Hot Pickles to the signature Packo’s Chili Hot Dog. The restaurant has become world famous thanks to numerous references on television and the many celebrity signings of the “Packo’s Bun.”

There are some very unique restaurants in Toledo, OH that are must-try for anyone who visits the city. Tony Packo’s is among those places thanks to some amazing history.

For the opening of its 5th location at 5822 Alexis Road in Sylvania, OH, Tony Packo’s chose to work with the Business Development team at Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies for a complete build from design all the way through to installation. Burkett, Packo’s employees, and other Packo’s friends and family members, got to see the fruits of their labor during a soft opening on May 23. Check out the pictures below and if you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop by after their grand opening on May 27. Congratulations, Tony Packo’s! Toledo has always been our home and it was an honor to work on a project for one of the city’s great icons!

Burkett 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Pro Chefs

Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, every pro chef in your life wants something just a cut above your everyday kitchen appliances and utensils for the holidays.

Not everyone wants to open a restaurant or can run a commercial kitchen but we all know someone always trying to channel their inner pro chef. At Burkett, we cater to the prosumer as well as we do the restaurateur. Find the perfect gift for your home chef with our 2017 holiday gift guide.

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3This list is just a few of our favorite items but by no means is it complete. Share some of your favorites in the comments and check out our full lineup of commercial grade restaurant equipment at Burkett.

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender

Vitamix manufactures world-class blenders and the Vita-Prep 3 is no exception. With a 3-horsepower variable speed motor, this unit will make prep time fly with its excellent grinding, chopping and pureeing capabilities.

Waring Panini Supremo

This workhorse features a whole 11″ grooved cooking surface, allowing ample room for multiple items. It also has a brushed stainless steel body construction and removable drip tray. The hinged, auto-balancing top plate can suit foods and sandwiches up to 3″ thick.

Cambro Food Storage Containers

These food storage containers are perfect to prep for dishes or save leftovers. Select from white, clear or translucent color. The food containers are stain & odor resistant, and polycarbonate constructed.

Victorinox Knives setKitchen Knife Set

Help them step up their cutlery game with these knife sets that include paring, boning, chefs, slicer knife and more.

So, go ahead, spoil the pro chef in your life and watch it become the gift that keeps on giving every time they create a wonderful dish and invite you to the table for the delicious concoctions.

Portable Draft Beer Keg Coolers: Perfect for the Outdoors!


How do you plan to store and cool beer kegs during a concert or outdoor party? Keg coolers can be portable and provide great performance for parties, receptions, and more. Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries a variety of portable draft beer keg coolers, all of which are the perfect accessory for your outdoor events and catering! Two coolers that we suggest are from True Manufacturing, a leader in the refrigeration industry. 

keg cooler 1 keg black vinyl

The True TDD-1 Keg Cooler allows you to keep a keg of your customers’ favorite draft right in front of the bar. This beer dispenser is designed with enduring value and quality. It is made with the highest quality materials, and assures colder product temperatures and years of trouble-free service. This oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). With a stainless steel counter top and black vinyl exterior, this cooler not only looks great, but hides scratches and dents well.


The True TDD-1-S Keg Cooler lets you provide your customers with chilled-to-perfection brews. It also keeps your drafts fresh for long periods of time, all without reducing quality or taste. It is also an oversized, factory balanced, refrigeration system that holds 33°F to 38°F (.5°C to 3.3°C). Its interior features a stainless steel floor with 1/2″ (13 mm) reinforced lip, and heavy gauge galvanized steel walls. It is NSF-7 certified for bottled and packaged product. The cooler comes with an anodized aluminum glass rail on top that provides convenient storage for glasses.

Keg coolers are available in different materials and sizes, and finding the right one for you is easy with Burkett. Visit our restaurant equipment online store for current selections. Your guests deserve the coldest draft beer and fast service, so give them both with a True kegerator.

Burkett Colleague Connect

IMG_5262 (2)It’s time for the Burkett Colleague Connect! This month, I sat down with one of our Product Specialists, Rachel Dute. Despite being busy with her day job and planning her upcoming wedding, Rachel was gracious enough to give me some insights into a Product Specialist’s daily routine and what’s to come for the rest of 2013.

1. How long have you worked for Burkett Restaurant Equipment? I’ve been with Burkett about a year and a half now.

 2. How would you describe Burkett’s Culture in three words? Passionate, Driven, yet Laid-Back

3. What is something about the Burkett environment that someone wouldn’t notice at first glance? How close everyone is here. Most of us have been working here for some time and Burkett really encourages a family-like atmosphere. When you are close with your coworkers it makes communication much more natural and team building happens almost on it’s own. Strong teams are successful teams and that benefits everyone.

4. What are the key tasks for a product specialist? Product Specialists here at Burkett have a large scope of tasks that we are responsible for. Each product specialist has a dedicated area of our website to maintain which includes individual product listings, corporate and brand pages, as well as navigation and functionality of the web site. We spend time ensuring the accuracy of product information to the best of our ability, and work closely with representatives from each vendor to provide the most up-to-date information available.

5. As a product specialist, you need a lot of skills to do your job successfully. What would you say is the most important? I think excellent communication is the most essential skill for product specialists to have. We can teach you to work within the platform, you can learn to code, but if you cannot communicate with others effectively then it’s going to make it very difficult to succeed in this position.

6. As we approach the midway point of 2013, what are you looking forward to for the rest of the year at Burkett? I am looking forward to some exciting training opportunities I have coming up this year! Learning the industry, vendors, and specific products more thoroughly will help me as a product specialist because I also learn about which features are most important to our customers. This helps me present product information more effectively to our online customers.

NAPICS 2013: A Recap

This weekend Burkett Restaurant Equipment was at the North America Pizza & Ice Cream Show. Sunday and Monday, eight Burkett Restaurant Equipment representatives spent time walking the Columbus Convention Center, meeting vendors, watching demonstrations, testing the latest wares, and tasting some of the best pizza and ice cream around.

NAPICS 2013 had plenty to show off. Our staff appreciated the smaller vibe this year; it offered more time for in-depth conversations with vendors and visitors, and the chance to view all 175 of the exhibits more than once. NAPICS is a great show for both new and veteran pizzerias and ice cream shops. It’s a great way to learn about the industries’ newest POS systems, food and beverage, novelty items, and equipment suppliers.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment Participates in 2012 Walk MS Toledo

Burkett Restaurant Equipment is committed to giving back to the community and worthy organizations. On April 15, 2012, the company participated in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Toledo Chapter 2012 Walk MS. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to ending the devastating effects of MS, by simultaneously fund research for a cure while also helping people who currently live with MS lead more fulfilling lives.

Employees of Burkett’s raised $878 and the company donated $500 for a total donation of $1378, making Burkett Restaurant Equipment the #2 Corporate Donor of Toledo’s 2012 Walk MS event. Excitement was created at work with incentives to encourage participation. Avid University of Michigan fan and Burkett CEO, Jameel Burkett agreed to wear a Ohio State University shirt at work if the company was able to meet a $500 goal. Customer Service Manager, Corey William, dressed as a woman to work when employees were able to double the goal to $1000. Website Coordinator, Kevin Waugh offered to shave the beard he had worn for over 5 years if the Marketing Department raised $100. As a company, Burkett’s bought lunch for the department that raised the most money. Congratulations to the Marketing Department for raising the most money. They enjoyed a delicious lunch from Grumpy’s Deli, a local restaurant in Downtown Toledo.

Burkett Restaurant Equipment was founded in 1977, in Toledo, Ohio as a local used restaurant equipment dealer. In 2005, with the introduction of our E-Commerce Website, the company was transformed into a national distributor of new and used restaurant equipment. Burkett is focused on servicing our local market, the Public Sector and National Chains, as well as maintaining a dominant presence in E-Commerce. Today, Burkett is listed among the Top 100 Restaurant Equipment dealers in the nation and will continue to make innovations and strives to offer customers a unique and unparalleled experience.

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