REVEALED: Jamie Oliver's 'top kitchen essentials if you can't afford them all'

On a tight budget but a keen cook? Forget drawers full of kit: here's what Jamie Oliver recommends you buy

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Been watching Jamie Oliver's Keep Cooking & Carry On show on Channel 4 during lockdown? Us too. It's been super handy for gleaning down-to-earth cooking tips and tricks, especially when cooking with limited ingredients. But if you haven't been following Jamie's feed on Instagram, you'll have missed out on all sorts of other hacks, tips, tricks and must-knows he's literally been churning out. 

The latest we've found? Jamie's list of the must-have kitchen utensils if you can't afford to buy the whole kit. So whether you're starting out on buying for a kitchen or have just discovered the joy of baking, here's what Jamie recommends you buy. And, to help you out, we've sourced these buys for you – much of it designed and approved by him.

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1. A big chef's knife

Jamie Oliver 6 Piece Acacia Knife Block Set, £147.99
Jamie recommends a single chef's knife as a must have, but if you can stretch to this knife block set you'll be set for years. It includes a 20.5 cm bread knife, an 18.5cm carving knife, an 18cm chef's knife, a 14cm utility knife, a 13cm mini santoku knife and an 11cm paring knife. Made from premium, razor-sharp, German stainless steel, each knife is labelled on the end of the handle for convenience; all knives are stored neatly in the solid acacia wood block. Easy to clean; simply hand wash in warm soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly or pop in the dishwasher. They come with a 25-year guarantee. 'Quality' as Jamie Oliver would (probably) say.View Deal

2. A pestle & mortar

Jamie Oliver Granite Pestle and Mortar, 14cm, £17.99
This pestle and mortar set is made from solid granite for style and durability. Ideal for making Jamie Oliver-inspired spice rubs, pastes, dressings, sauces, marinades and drinks, the heavy-weight base gives stability during use and is left unpolished on the inside to provide an ideal surface for grinding ingredients from coarse finishes to a fine powder. Easy to clean- simply hand wash and leave to air dry.View Deal

3. A fine grater

Jamie Oliver Fine and Coarse Grater set, RRP £42.99, now £19.92
Jamie Oliver suggests a fine grater as a must-have but with this set of two on sale, why not get both? The razor-sharp acid etched stainless steel blades give optimum performance (mind those fingers); the angled non-slip handles give added stability; and there's a protective blade covers for safe storage. The coarse grater is ideal for vegetables and hard cheeses and fine grater for citrus zest, cheeses and chocolate. Dishwasher-safe!View Deal

4. A small paring knife

ProCook Professional X50 Paring Knife, 9cm, £18
Peel potatoes, core apples, hull strawberries, devein prawns and more with the paring knife. The short, narrow blade and curved edge of the 9cm/3.5in paring knife is lightweight and easy to control, so perfect for cutting tasks that require agility and precision, such as preparing small fruit and vegetables or creating delicate garnishes. Forged from high-quality X50CrMoV15 German stainless steel, the blade of the peeling knife is strong and durable. View Deal

5. Big fat chopping board (Jamie says 'bigger the better')

Jamie Oliver Carving Board, RRP £39.99, now £21.99
Another sale bargain, this extra large acacia wood carving board (46.1cm x 34.1cm x 2.9cm) is designed by Jamie for the biggest roasts. There are carved channels to drain away meat juice, and a juice collection well with pouring spout. The reverse side is smooth to double up as a chopping board or serving platter. Made from sustainable sources. View Deal

6. A carving knife

Jamie Oliver's Carving Knife, 20cm blade, RRP £55, now £25.99
Designed by Jamie for carving roasted meat, you can use this knife to carve up those gorgeous, crowd-pleasing roasts – think legs of lamb, succulent roast chickens and glazed hams. Made from premium quality German steel, it has an ergonomic ABS handle, and is dishwasher safe. Pukka.View Deal

7. A good frying pan

Tefal Jamie Oliver Stainless Steel Premium Series Non-Stick Frypan, 28cm, was £55, now £51.82
This frying pan has an ultra durable non-stick coating reinforced with titanium particles. Made with Thermo-spot technology – the spot turns full red when pan has reached its ideal temperature, the pan has riveted stainless steel handles, which are comfortable to use and sturdy. Compatible with all hobs including induction.View Deal