Wet AND dry measuring cups
Ballpark price: $15 AND $14
Wet measuring cups (typically used for liquid ingredients) are made of transparent material and have a spout for easy visibility and pouring, whereas dry measuring cups (typically used for flour, sugar, or any other dry ingredients) are perfectly flat across the rim so you can level things off with ease. Go for glass and stainless steel respectively, because they’ll last longer and are less likely to end up disfigured, and thus inaccurate, from normal wear and tear.
While, technically, they both hold the same volume, your recipes will be far more precise if you invest in a set for both liquids and solids.
Heat-resistant offset spatula
Ballpark price: $8
If you can’t flip an omelet or toss a skillet of veggies with a simple flick of the wrist yet, don’t sweat it; just grab a heat-resistant offset spatula to make the turnover process quick and painless. These also help to scrape away the sticky, caramelized bits of food that have stuck to the base of a pan (don’t toss these bits away unless they’re burnt; they can actually add great flavor to whatever you’re cooking!). Just remember -- it’s heat resistant, not proof, so you definitely can’t let it hang out in the pan.