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November 25, 2015

Must-Have Items for a Ready-to-Go Kitchen

Now that you’re a homeowner (or about to be one), you’ll need to lay in some important items that you may not have considered when you either lived with roommates who handled the day-to-day workings of the household or with your family. There are so many things that you would just reach for, never thinking about where they came from or how they got there. In this series of blog posts, we’re going to talk about some of the everyday things you use all the time, but won’t be provided when you purchase a new home. You’ll need to put aside some additional cash around closing time – not just to get through the closing process itself, but also to outfit your new place. Today we’re going to talk about the essential items every fully functional kitchen needs to have to operate efficiently. We’ve skipped the obvious items like glasses, dishes and flatware – these are items that make cooking and baking a joy rather than a chore!
  • Good knives – Don’t buy the cheapest ones you can find…this is one tool where it pays to have the very best!
  • Cutting Board
  • A set of good pots and pans – Like the knives, spend a little more here. Quality counts!
  • Tongs
  • Spoons – Wooden, serving, slotted, measuring and solid
  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Corkscrew
  • Spatulas
  • Kitchen Shears
  • Nesting Bowls
  • Measuring Cups
  • Funnel
  • Strainer or Colander
  • A set of basic bakeware – cookie sheets and cookie cutters, cake and pie pans, muffin tins, a loaf pan and a large roasting pan.
  • Pyrex glass or other casserole dish
  • Rolling Pin
  • Blender
  • Food Processor or Chopper
  • Can opener
  • Salt & Pepper Shakers
  • Grater
  • Vegetable Peeler
  • Oven Mitts or Hot Pads
  • Kitchen Thermometer
  • Timer
  • Cooling Rack
  • Electric Mixer – hand-held or stand type, whichever you prefer
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Teakettle
  • Wine Rack
  • Crock Pot
  • Hand Towels
  • Dishcloths
  • Cutlery Divider – to keep your silverware drawer neat!
  • Dish drying rack
  • Storage Containers – essential for leftovers.
  • Dry Goods Storage Canisters – for flour, sugar, coffee, tea.
  • Fire Extinguisher
If this comprehensive list makes dollar signs dance before your eyes, don’t worry. For many of these items, you can buy low-budget. With the exception of the items above where we state that quality matters, it’s easy to find gadgets, gizmos and tools for next to nothing. Dollar stores, deep discount stores and thrift stores are all excellent sources for essential kitchen items. We recently spotted a variety of sturdy measuring cups, spoons, peelers, spatulas, towels, oven mitts and other must-haves at stores like Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart that allow you to stock up without draining your bank account. You can often find “good as new” small kitchen appliances, cookware and bakeware at thrift stores or on Craigslist or Freecycle at a deep discount from their original prices. And don’t forget a first aid kit! It’s crucial to have this handy item nearby in case of an accident or injury. So…now that your kitchen is outfitted and ready to go…when are you inviting me to dinner?

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