kitchen essentials

For some ladies who try to hone their domestic skills through everyday activities, the kitchen can be a source of anxiety.  Not knowing how to cook is as much as a disgrace as not knowing how to dance, and as a woman in her mid twenties, I would like to have fully stocked shelves so I can whip up delicious gourmet meals at the drop of a napkin.  For the essentials, I turned to an old guide of mine from college, The Modern Girls Guide to Life by Jane Buckingham. Once you arm yourself with these tools, you are ready to take on the kitchen and become a gourmet chef!  To purchase cute items like these, try Crate and Barrel, Sur la Table or Williams Sonoma.  For cheaper alternatives, look at Target, IKEA or your local Home Goods.

You really should have…

  • Blender
  • Dish rack
  • Manual can opener
  • Microwave
  • Toaster Oven (much handier than one would think)
  • Coffee maker
Preparing/Cooking…
  • Cheese grater
  • Cutting board
  • Cookie sheet
  • Colander
  • Kitchen shears
  • Knives (at the bare minimum, 4″, 6″ and 8″ blades, as well as a serrated knife for bread)
  • Measuring cup & spoons
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Microwave safe dish
  • Mixing bowls (small, medium and large)
  • Cupcake pan
  • 9 x 9 glass baking dish
  • Pastry Brush
  • 2 Saucepan’s (small & large)
  • Large Stockpot
  • Cast-Iron skillet
  • Large roasting pan
  • Rubber spatula
  • 2 Stirring Spoons (metal & wood)
  • Slatted spoon
  • Tongs
  • Peeler
  • Wisk
Serving…
  • Wine Opener (duals as a beer opener)
  • Salad tongs
  • Serving fork & spoon
  • 2 large serving bowls
  • 2 small serving bowls
  • Large tray
  • Soup ladle
  • Salt & Pepper mill
Storing…
  • Wine stoppers
  • Plastic wrap
  • Assorted tupperware
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