Cooking in the Garden Tool Kit
Place of Learning: 
Garden Classroom
Contributor

ESY Berkeley Teaching Staff
Edible Schoolyard Project
Berkeley, CA

Tags: 
Tools
Tool Kits
Cooking Supplies
Summary: 
This resource lists basic tools for an outdoor kitchen and poses some questions to consider when building your tool kit. Also included are sample recipes that can be prepared using garden produce and a cooking kit.
Sample Toolkit Items
  • Pairing knife – $5
  • Cutting board or mat – $10
  • Box grater – $8
  • Peeler – $3
  • Juicer – $10
  • Set of mixing bowls – $20
  • Mortar and pestle – $25
  • Spatula – $5
  • Wooden spoon – $3
  • Whisk – $5
  • Measuring spoons – $2
  • Measuring cups – $4
  • Storage bins – $20
  • Dish towl – $2
  • Bench scraper – $2
  • Zester – $7
  • Microplane – $12
  • Garlic peeler – $7
  • Wavy knife – $7
  • Butane burner – $20
  • Induction burner – $100
  • Sauce pan – $20
  • Sauté pan or skillet – $20
  • Stock pot – $40
  • Pot holder – $5
  • Bus tub – $8
  • Bin for compost – $10
  • Bucket – $5
Questions to Consider when Building your Tool Kit
  • How many students will be cooking at one time?
  • What tools are age-appropriate for my students?
  • Do I have somewhere to clean up on site?
  • How will I store and transport my supplies?
  • What is the focus of your program?
  • Are there any stores that might make in-kind donations?
Other Items to Consider
  • Cooking with heat options. Induction, butane cassette, propane.
  • Restaurant supply stores are a good, often inexpensive, option.
  • Ask for in kind donations from kitchen stores.
  • You may have to shop around and purchase from many places to get different tools that you are happy with.
  • Storing and transporting tools-Toolboxes, carts, totes.
  • Look for durability and versatility. Quality over quantity.
  • You can buy just a couple tools and see which are most often in use before purchasing larger quantities
Cooking in the Garden Example Tool Kit Inventory
Tool – Quantity
  • Pairing knife – 5
  • Cutting board – 5
  • Cutting mat – 3
  • Box grater – 1
  • Bench scraper – 1
  • Peeler – 3
  • Juicer – 1
Tool – Quantity
  • Set of mixing bowls – 1
  • Mortar and pestle – 1
  • Wooden spoon – 1
  • Whisk – 1
  • Measuring spoons – 1
  • Measuring cups – 1
  • Dish towels – 5
Tool – Quantity
  • Colander – 1
  • Platter – 1
  • Scissors – 1
  • Scrub brush – 1
  • Tongs – 1
  • Compost bin – 1