Your First Kitchen

by Lori Sciame | September 5th, 2011 | Home Shopping

The time has come for you to move into your first home or apartment.  You realize you need a bed, and a chair in the living room, but figuring out what is needed right away in a kitchen can be confusing. The following article should help you prioritize what you must purchase now, with those purchases you can put off until you can afford them.

Chop, cook, and store…as you know, the main purpose of the kitchen surrounds food. Because of this, you need something to cook on, as well as cold storage. Hopefully, your new apartment or home comes with a decent stove and refrigerator. In addition, your life will be a lot easier if you have a microwave to zap quick snacks or pre-packaged dinners.

Beyond these items, you will need to purchase a set of knives, eating utensils (including plates, cups, saucers, serving bowls), and bowls for mixing.  Make sure to buy a set of kitchen tools: ladle, spatula, large spoon, slotted spoon, pancake turner, and whisk.  If you love pizza, you may also wish to purchase a pizza cutter. Finally, every kitchen needs a bottle opener, a can opener, and a wine bottle corkscrew (if you plan to imbibe).

Next, you need a set of pans. You can purchase them open stock, which means one pan with lid at a time, or in a set. The choices of pans are seemingly endless, with both regular and non-stick surfaces; however, if you don’t know exactly what you like, make sure you buy at least a pot to boil water in and a large frying pan.

With your stove top cooking covered, move on to buying items for baking in the oven. You need a baking sheet and a casserole dish at minimum.  Later on you can purchase cookware for baking pies and cakes if you wish.

Small appliances come next. Do you love toast and coffee in the morning?  If yes, then make sure to buy a coffee pot and toaster. Do you have to have a smoothie every night?  Then buy a blender. In addition to these items, you can begin thinking about what you would like later on…maybe a hand mixer, a George Foreman Grill, a panini maker, or even a waffle iron.

Of course, once you’ve cooked the food, you will need to clean up. To do this you need paper towels, dish towels, and dish cloths.  Don’t forget the dishwashing liquid or the dishwasher soap. Invest in a decent dish drying rack as well.

Finally, you will need to have items to help with food storage and disposal. Buy plastic wrap, freezer bags, and a variety of plastic food storage containers to begin with.  You will also need a garbage can and garbage bags.

If you’ve ever visited a kitchen gadget store, the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming.  Hopefully this article gives you an idea of what you need to buy right away when moving into your first home or apartment.

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