Setting Up Home: 10 Essentials For a First Kitchen

Setting Up Home: 10 Essentials For a First Kitchen

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 16, 2010

For the last several months we've had most of our kitchen gear packed up in boxes. Determined not to open them until after the renovation on our new place is completed we're left only the essentials and our place feels a little bit like it did in college or in our first apartment. After doing away with all the odds and ends, we feel confident in saying these are the only 10 things you really need to make some culinary magic happen.

When I was first out on my own, I bought all the junk I thought you needed for a kitchen. Looking back, I wish I would have known better, thinned things down a bit and bought good essentials to work with. In my own personal kitchens I can measure most amounts by hand or by other methods, so I've left measuring cups and spoons off this list, you might want to add them to your own!

• 1 good knife
• 1 cutting board
• 1 high temp silicone spatula
• 1 wooden spoon
• 1 stock pot (to boil water/make stock)
1 thin/flexible spatula
1 cookie sheet
1 well-seasoned cast iron skillet
1 roasting pan
1 glass mixing bowl

For other ideas on what kitchen basics should include, make sure to check out our sister site, The Kitchn as they've recently rounded up their own list of basic tools that they couldn't live without (which is what you see in the photo above). They've also made a nice list of things that are worth spending the extra money on to make sure you have enough cash left to hit the laundromat and still get the perfect skillet!

What kitchen basics would be a must for your own list? Let us know in the comments below!

Image: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan

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