A baster is handy for returning some of the meat or poultry juices from the pan, back to the food. They are simple to use and economical to buy. You'll notice that foods will tend to dry out the longer they are in the oven, which is why a baster is used for this purpose - to keep the meat or poultry moist and flavorful. Basting bruses can be used for the same purpose, but they are also convenient for buttering the tops of breads and baked goods after they come out of the oven. Most basting brushes are now silicone and can more readily handle the hot liquids. A basting brush is a must if you like to barbecue or grill.
You can use regular length tongs and flippers at the barbecue, but you risk a burn injury. Temperatures are just too hot when grilling, to use short kitchen utensils. Buy long-handled tongs, forks, flippers and other tools that are designed for grilling. Also use temperature monitoring thermometers to ensure your meats and poultry are done as they should be. And if you are brushing meat with sauces, use heat resistant silicone basting brushes.
23. Kitchen Shears
You might use a pair of kitchen shears for cutting a chicken, but some prefer a sharp knife for this task. At the very least, even if you do not like using shears for cutting meats, poultry or other foods, you'll be lost without a pair of shears in your kitchen. They are practical for opening food packages, cutting tape or string to package foods or simply to remove labels or tags from items. Other cutting tools such as box cutters are just as handy, especially for opening packages.
24. Garlic Press
Many can't operate their kitchen without one, but others prefer to use a knife and slice garlic, rather than crush it with a press. Others prefer to skip it altogether by buying prepared crushed garlic, saving this undesirable-to-some kitchen task. Whether a garlic press is an essential depends on whether you feel you need one or not. Or rather, whether you like slicing garlic or not. Another option for slicing garlic is the Chef'n Garlic Zoom XL.
If you are concerned about eating healthy meals and you do no have an electric model, a vegetable steamer is a must-have cooking utensil. An adjustable steamer like the one shown, can fit in most pans and these steamers are very easy to use and do an efficient job of keeping the vegetables out of the water in the pan.