If you're a serious home cook, these items will stand the test of time.

By Julia Heffelfinger
Updated: February 12, 2019
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Building a well-stocked and efficient kitchen is something that takes time. For many of us, there are specific pieces of kitchen equipment that we replace and upgrade as we evolve as a cook. If you’re ready to swap out that hand-me-down casserole dish or stained plastic cutting board for something chic and high quality, then we’re here to help.

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From a centerpiece-worthy roasting pan to the blender that all chefs have in their kitchens, this high-end equipment is worth every penny. Here, nine tried and true big-ticket kitchen tools that every serious cook should own.

1. Dutch Oven

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Be it a big batch of soup, a loaf of no-knead bread or braised chicken legs, a Dutch oven can be used to cook just about anything. There are many brands that make cast-iron enameled casseroles (and at all different price points), but Staub makes one of the best. These gorgeous casseroles are definitely an investment, but they are stylish, incredibly well-made and will last a lifetime. The 7-quart size is big enough to handle most jobs, but it won’t take up too much space in your kitchen. (Still unsure? See Which Dutch Oven Size to Buy).

Staub 7-Quart Round Cocotte, $300 at surlatable.com

2. Professional Blender

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If you’re a serious cook who makes a lot of pureed soups, sauces from scratch or enjoys a morning smoothie, then a Vitamix should be at the top of your wish list. There are less expensive options out there, but a Vitamix works quickly, efficiently and gives you a smoother consistency than just about any other blender. This is the brand that most of America’s chefs use in their home and professional kitchens.

Vitamix Professional-Grade Explorian Blender, $300 at .com

3. Food Processor

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You might be wondering if you need a blender and a food processor, but they are used for very different jobs. A food processor makes prepping a big batch of stuffing or 5 pie crusts a breeze. It is best used to expedite any project you would do with a knife. This well-built 12-cup model from Cuisinart is exactly the size you’ll want when prepping Thanksgiving dinner for twenty, but it also has a small insert bowl that works when you just want to make enough pesto for two.

Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup Food Processor, $165 at .com

4. Roasting Pan

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If you’re the one in your family who always hosts Thanksgiving or who likes to wow your friends with a jaw-dropping roast, then a quality roasting pan is a must. This copper beauty from the French family-owned company Mauviel is sure to become an heirloom. The thick copper and stainless-steel walls distribute heat evenly and allow it to be used on any stove top or in the oven. (See also: our favorite sheet pans).

Mauviel Copper Roasting Pan, $270 at surlatable.com

5. Wood Cutting Board