Unless you plan on eating out or ordering takeout in the first few weeks after moving into your own apartment, it would be wise to stock up on essential tools prior to your big move. But as this guide explains, it is a task that can be daunting, especially if you are new to cooking. Fortunately, you can make it less challenging by breaking down your kitchen must-haves into categories, like prepware (food preparation tools), cookware (cooking tools and equipment), dishware and small appliances, and functional miscellaneous.
On that note, here are some of the things you need to buy for each category before you move into your new apartment:
Mixing Bowls and Measuring Implements
Prepware are the things you need to prepare the ingredients for easy cooking, and you’ll need several necessary tools for it. A set of sturdy mixing bowls and measuring implements are must-haves, in particular, so you can measure ingredients accurately and have something to put them in for mixing.
Knives and Cutting Boards
Kitchen knives are versatile tools, and you will use them for an assortment of food preparation techniques, like cutting, slicing, dicing, filleting, and even peeling. Having said that, you actually need just three kinds of a knife: a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a serrated knife. Cutting boards, meanwhile, give you a safe work area, and it is highly recommended that you have at least two wooden boards to prevent possible cross-contamination.
Dishware and Small Appliances
Dishes, Cutlery, Glasses, and Mugs
You’ll need something to use when eating, and that’s exactly why you need to invest in a set of dishes and cutlery, along with some glasses and mugs for drinking the beverages you love. A few of them — say, five each of plates, bowls, spoons, forks, and knives, plus three glasses and three mugs — will do, especially if you’re living alone or just starting a family. And they need not be anything fancy either!
A rice cooker is a small kitchen appliance primarily used for cooking rice, but is versatile enough to be used for other things. This feature outlines some of the other things you can do with a rice cooker, like cooking grains such as barley and quinoa and making cake. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right rice cooker for you. This article lists the different factors you should think about when choosing a small rice cooker, including their cost and ease of use. Look for one that is feature-packed, too, so you can use it in a variety of ways and maximize it in the process.
Pots and pans are essential to any kitchen, as you will use them for the actual cooking. In particular, you will need pots for cooking soups and stews, blanching vegetables, prepping pasta, and making sauces. So, look to get a set of differently-sized pots, including a 10-quart stockpot, a 5-quart pot, and a 2-quart saucepan.
Pans are must-haves for all your frying needs, and you ought to start with the fry pan. In fact, this blog notes how a decent fry pan is ‘the first thing any kitchen needs’ as you can use it to cook quick meals, reheat leftovers, or sauté veggies.
Lastly, there are various items that will not only make your stay in the kitchen a breeze, but also ensure your safety. Among these items are dish towels and mitts, as well as cleaning supplies, like dishwashing soap, sponges, multipurpose cleaners, and paper towels.
Other items that ought to be on your shopping list are kitchen organizers, and you can find some excellent ones in this page. Kitchen cabinet implements, in particular, along with a kitchen pantry, will prove extremely useful. That’s because they, along with the organization tips outlined in this previous post, will help you keep your new kitchen clean, organized, and clutter-free. After all, you wouldn’t want to make a mess in your new apartment, right?
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By Roxie Jane