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ZagLeft’s Guide to Essential Items For Your First Kitchen…
I get asked this question a lot: what are some basic kitchen essentials I should have for my kitchen?
It’s a big question and if you’re just starting out and learning the ropes of the kitchen, the question can be overwhelming. Moving into an apartment for the first time can be both exciting and scary. It’s a wonderful feeling to be moving into a place that’s yours, but the thought of living on your own and buying all the essentials to make it feel like home can be a little daunting. Not to worry. I’ve always felt that if the kitchen is together, the rest will fall into place.
Stocking your first kitchen can be fun too. But don’t think you need to purchase everything all at once. With a few key pieces purchased up front you can easily navigate your way through the kitchen and as you cook more, you’ll get a better feel for what you really need and purchase those items along the way.
This Fall, my husband and I will be sending off our fourth child to school. Over the years, we’ve seen what items our other three kids have needed and used in their own apartments. This post first appeared over a year and a half ago and I’ve recently updated it to include additional items and more information. Here is our list of essential items for your first kitchen.
* 10-inch Skillet – I actually have this particular skillet in this size as well as in other sizes and love it. There are many brands and types of skillets to choose from such as non-stick or cast iron. Choose what you like best.
* 4.8 quart oblong Baking Dish – I love my Pyrex Baking Dish, I have them in different sizes and they’ve lasted for years.
* 8-inch square Baking Dish (great for roasting chicken or vegetables)
* 5 piece Knife Set (at least have a paring knife and a serrated knife)
* Coffee Pot – preferably one with an automatic shut-off.
A couple of other non-essential but useful products:
I love an Electric Kettle. It quickly heats water for tea or coffee, instant soup, mac and cheese and ramen.
* Locking Tongs – I love these! Use them for tossing salads, flipping meats in a pan and so much more.
* Silpat or Parchment Paper – Parchment paper creates a non-stick surface which is great for baking cookies or roasting vegetables and is disposable. Silpat is a non-disposable option that is heat-resistant up to 480 degrees F. They make any baking sheet non-stick and can be cleaned with soap and water.
* Aluminum foil is something you’ll use often. It can be used to line a roasting pan and you can even cook in it.
Keep in mind that building up your kitchen equipment sometimes takes time. Start off with a few items and slowly build on that.
Let’s keep the conversation going, tell me what items I’ve left off this list. Please leave your suggestion in the comment section below.
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