Whether renting a new apartment or buying your first home, there are plenty of household essentials that you will need to buy to have the most efficient kitchen around. Keep in mind: when it comes to decorating, you don’t have to break the bank when it comes to decorating affordably.
The kitchen is the center of the home. So, you’ll want to create a well-stocked kitchen for making delicious meals and entertaining your guests. Here are a few of the essentials to help you build an impressive starter kitchen.
All kitchens should be stocked with three types of knives: a chef’s knife, a serrated knife, and a paring knife. Along with your knives, you should also consider a storage solution for your knives. A knife block can help to keep your knives sharpened while looking modern on your countertop.
When it comes to cutting boards, you should keep two types of boards on hand. Keep in mind that wooden cutting boards are excellent for cutting vegetables and plastic cutting boards are ideal for meats. While searching for plastic cutting boards, look for cutting boards with grooves indented in the boards to catch any raw meat juice and help prevent cross-contamination.
Mixing bowls come in all types of materials and sizes. The various types of mixing bowls all have their advantages and disadvantages. Stainless steel mixing bowls are durable. Glass mixing bowls are often dishwasher safe which makes them easy to clean. Plastic mixing bowls can be microwavable. Think about your needs for a mixing bowl, and find the right material for your kitchen’s mixing bowls.
Measuring cups and spoons
When it comes to measuring utilities, there are a couple of different types that you should keep in your kitchen. For wet ingredients, you should invest in a good liquid measuring cup. For dry ingredients, you should invest in a set of measuring cups. The materials can vary. Plastic may be cuter, but stainless steel measuring cups are easier to clean. You’ll also need a set of measuring spoons to measure those teaspoons and tablespoons in a recipe.
Let’s be real: you never know you need a can opener until you need it. Whether an electric opener or an old fashioned can opener, you should keep a can opener on hand to open your canned goods.
Get a sturdy colander to help wash your veggies and drain your pasta. There are even collapsible strainers to help save some storage space around the kitchen.
A good set of utensils is important to have on hand in your kitchen. Get a couple of wooden spoons. You’ll need a ladle to help serve your soups. A set of tongs can be helpful for plating pasta or salads.
You’ll need a whisk on hand for making eggs or prepping the ingredients for a cake. A good quality whisk can withstand the force of repeated mixing. However, consider investing in an egg beater to completely up your scrambled egg game.
When it comes to cooking meat, it can be hard to know when your steak is properly cooked. A meat thermometer can help you cook with confidence. You’ll know when your steak is cooked perfectly.
Stock your kitchen with a good set of kitchen linens: dish towels, potholders, and oven mitts. A stylish set of kitchen linens can help bring out your personality in your kitchen. Make sure that your kitchen linens can withstand the heat of dishes straight from the oven.
While it seems like fancy smart appliances are necessary for a modern kitchen, you should start building a set of basics before you branch out into air fryers and instant pots. (Believe me, cooking will be easier once you have a knife or some measuring cups.) Start simple, and your kitchen will start to feel more and more like home.