We don’t know about where you live, but people tearing down old residences and building a brand new house is quite popular in a lot of cities now. One of the best (and possibly worst) things about this is deciding what to include in your new abode. The kitchen is an area that requires a lot of setups, so to save you some time, we came up with what essentials you should invest in.
If your kitchen contractors or builder does not include appliances with the build (or even if they do), here are a few essentials to get your kitchen up and running.
This is where you get all the cooking and baking done. Some ranges come with an oven, and some are just stove tops with a separate oven installed somewhere else in the kitchen. We suggest going electric as they are the safer option.
For all the leftovers and frozen meals on lazy nights, you need one of these to defrost or reheat. They are also pretty handy for cooking easy side dishes like eggs!
These iceboxes are made to preserve your food and prolong their expiration date. No kitchen is complete without one.
A regular blender or immersion blender is used to make pastes, purees, sauces, and toppings. It can also make some healthy juices and smoothies for your morning boost.
Every kitchen needs proper garbage disposal to take care of all the larger chunks of food. Over time, washing bits and pieces of food down the drain can lead to clogging and unpleasant odors wafting. Garbage disposals will get rid of this problem.
Next up is everything you need to get started with cooking. Sure, we know we need utensils and kitchen knives, but let’s take a look in more detail.
Stainless Steel/Cast Iron Skillet
A skillet is used for almost anything! From sautéing to frying, you need one of high quality, and that is stainless steel. If you find a non-stick skillet, then that will save you a lot of cleaning and scrubbing after a long day of cooking.
There are different sizes to these, and they are most commonly used for soups, sauces, and stews. They are much deeper than a skillet and have a top and handle as well.
The pot is used for similar dishes the saucepan is responsible for. The biggest difference would be the size and volume. If you have a large family or like to make large quantities, then a pot is useful in your kitchen.
For all your baking needs, the baking sheet is essential for any kitchen. Tons of recipes require baking (and lots of desserts too), so definitely think of adding this to your list.
Deeper than a baking sheet, a casserole dish can be used for baking and serving. Make a myriad of dishes by tossing a bunch of ingredients, press bake, and presto!
You’re not going to make all these fabulous dishes without the proper tools. To go with your pots and pans, you need the right cooking utensils.
Sort of like a flattened spoon, a spatula is used to mix, turn, and spread. Some spatulas have a silicone surface, which helps get under the ingredient you want to turn.
You can substitute the large spoon with a ladle if you wish. They are ultimately used to stir, mix, and serve soup.
We cannot stress how important tongs are. They can be used to flip and turn and grasp at things your spatula and hands cannot.
Have you ever tried to serve pasta without one of these? When anything you want to cook needs to be strained, these spoons will do the trick. Surprisingly, this kitchen tool can be used for other purposes, too.
Never try to remove a baking sheet or casserole dish from the oven without one? These glove-like inventions are vital to the protection of your hands. Make sure you have a pair if you own an oven.
Use these for your slicing and dicing needs. Never have we seen a properly functioning kitchen that produces delicious dishes without a set of these.
Never try to cut anything without a cutting board. It’s not safe or sanitary to do it on the counter.
And there you have it, all the basics for your cooking needs. What people need will also differ from the dishes they like to prepare and the methods used. The ingredients also have a large part to play. The best way to figure out what it is you need is to invest in it. There might be even more than what is on the list!