Top 5 Things You Need in Your Kitchen

Moving in on your own for the first time? Fill up your kitchen with these ESSENTIAL items to get you through until you can beef up your appliances.

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If you are just starting to cook, or are moving in on your own, chances are, you don’t have much in terms of cooking equipment. Here is what we recommend for you to get, as you are starting out. As times goes by, you will, of course, get more kitchen gadgets. But here are five that we recommend starting out with:

1. A Chopping Board

This is something very basic, as you can’t chop anything without having a chopping board. It is very versatile, as you can chop pretty much anything on it – onions, potatoes, tomatoes, meat, herbs, etc.

Some people prefer to get separate chopping boards for meat, dairy items, vegetables, etc. Others get differently sized chopping boards, and use them depending on the volume of things they need to chop. Start out with one, and see what else you need. We suggest at least getting different cutting board liners when you  have the chance: one for meat, one for fish, and one for vegetables/fruits/grains.

2. A Knife

Again, this is very basic, but you will not be able to chop or cook anything without a knife. A good, sharp knife goes a long way to help you prepare food. You can go to some stores, and hold the knives in your hand, so that you know which one you are comfortable with. Again, when you have the chance, a chef’s knife, a bread knife, and a paring knife will get you through nearly any recipe.

3. A Big Pot

You need a pot for pretty much anything – from boiling pastas to making soups to stewing to basically anything else. Some pots come with colander inserts, which makes it easier to cook pasta and thaw frozen vegetables.

4. A Saute Pan

We love saute pans, and use them all the time. Again, they are very versatile, and we recommend getting ones without wooden handles, so that you can put the saute in the oven as well.

Use the saute pan for preparing stir fries, sauteing meat and fish, cooking vegetables and much, much more.

5. A Roasting Pan

These are perfect for preparing things in the oven. From roast to roasted chicken to roasted vegetables, a roasted pan can help you cook your favorite dishes in the oven.

Don’t be scared – cooking is fun. Start getting a few things that we recommended, and add to your collection of kitchen equipment as time goes.


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Maura Cline is an environmental activist and university student who wants to make sure the next generation has an Earth to call home. Her writings focus mostly on anything that will make this world a better place, because if we don't, who will?