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Classroom Cooking Cart Equipment

Classroom cooking is an educational activity that keeps the students engaged. Here is a list of basic items for preparing food in the classroom.

Classroom cooking is an educational activity that keeps the students engaged. It is a great way to use what the students grow in the school garden, giving them the opportunity to enjoy fresh, seasonal produce while practicing math, reading, and life skills.

Kitchen equipment may be obtained through a number of ways including grants, donations, and purchases. If you have the resources for a more permanent set up, stocking a mobile cooking cart is a wonderful addition to any school. If properly cared for, it can last for years.

The following list includes basic items for preparing food in the classroom. It includes items for the class and items for small working groups. For assistance in funding, contact your local parent-teacher organization for ideas.

Cooking Cart Equipment

Suggested List
Quantity Item
Multiple Assorted sizes of pots with lids
2 baking sheets
1 blender
2 baking pans or dishes
1 can opener
1 cart, rolling utility
5 citrus juicers, small
1 colander
10 cutting boards, small plastic
1 bottle dishwashing liquid
3 bowls, mixing, assorted sizes
1 electric skillet (optional)
1 first aid kit
5 graters, box
1 hand mixer
2 hotplates, electric
4 kitchen towels
1 ladle
5 sets measuring cups
5 sets measuring spoons
4 potholders
2 rolling pins
1 salad spinner
2 skillets, large (12"-14") non-stick
2 spoons, large wooden
1 spoon, slotted
2 spatulas
5 sponges with rough side
10 spreaders (serrated with rounded end)
1 steamer insert for pot
1 set tongs
5 vegetable peelers
3 whisks, assorted sizes
5 whisks, medium
1 knife, chef's
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Last Reviewed: Monday, July 29, 2019
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