Your first apartment is a huge life milestone, especially when it comes to purchasing everything you need for your kitchen. You might be tempted to buy expensive, fancy gadgets, but before you splurge on that frozen dessert maker or exotic sous vide cooker, get the basics down.
One piece of advice when buying for your kitchen, whether it’s your first or fifteenth, is don’t just go for the cheapest item. You want the items in your kitchen to last, so research and pick quality items that you won’t have to replace every six months.
Here are the essentials:
This is one thing you don’t need to break the bank on. You can get a variety of stylish dish sets inexpensively, so you can easily find a design you like. Though bear in mind, if you break a piece from a unique design, it’s harder to get a replacement. Plain porcelain is a classic choice. Check the size of your shelves, cupboards and dishwasher – square plates look modern but they might not fit! You will also need cups and glasses. If you entertain regularly, then buy extra.
2. Cutting Board
You should probably get at least two of these, preferably with side grips to ensure they stay on your counter securely.
Your knives should be an investment, so don’t worry about paying a little more. If you look after them, they will last you a long time. There’s nothing worse than a blunt, low-quality knife. This makes the job of preparing food so much harder, so find a good set of chef’s knives.
3. Cooking Items
This will depend on your style of cooking. But, as a rule, you should have the following as a minimum:
- At least 3 pans of various sizes with lids
- Baking Dish
- Sheet Dish
- Dutch Oven
- Non-stick frying pan
- Cast Iron Skillet
- Measuring Jug (Pyrex are the highest quality)
- Measuring spoon set
- Mixing Bowls (can also be used for serving)
- Measuring scale (you can get small, easy to use electronic ones)
- Grater (no one should have to go without grated cheese!)
- Full set of silicone utensils (so you don’t scratch your pots)
- Potato Masher
- Wooden Spoon
- Bottle Opener
- Vegetable Peeler
- Can Opener
- Meat Thermometer
- Kitchen Towels
- Dish Drying Rack
When you go kitchen shopping, be sure to bring this checklist with you. You’ll have everything you need to become a master chef in your new cooking space.