Building Your Very First Kitchen
As with your first apartment, setting up your first kitchen is important. Especially if you’re the type of person who likes to cook, eat and experiment, you will have to work on making sure your kitchen has all the basics you will need to whip up that dish when you’re hosting a party or for when you plan on staying in on a Friday night.
However, a well-equipped and complete kitchen will probably cost so much. When you’ve just finished college and moved to your first apartment or finally made the big decision of disentangling from your parent’s household, you surely do not have that big of a budget to shop for all the shenanigans you will need.
Here’s a list to help you bare it down to the essentials:
When it comes to listing your essentials, it depends on what kind of cook you are. But basically, there are four essential pots and pans you will need: a sauté pan, which is your multipurpose pan, a big casserole or a Dutch oven that can go both on the stove and in the oven, a sheet pan, and a baking pan.
Spices and Tools
You can basically work with just two knives, a chef’s knife and a paring knife. Chef’s knives come with a price, but they promise good value. Paring knives can be typically found in affordable Asian stores.
When it comes to spices, you will need the basic Ground Allspice, basil, cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, and cumin. You might want to stock up your pantry with instant soups and mixes. Nothing beats having the best hollandaise sauce mix right on your shelves. Curry, nutmeg, and oregano are also great to have around.
A kitchen is not complete without linens. Towels and potholders are necessary to ensure you are working in a sanitary and safe space. These are pretty affordable and are also pretty easy to do on your own.
There should be more to this list, but depending on the size of your kitchen and your daily eating needs, you will have to adjust to include other necessities. The most important thing is keeping your kitchen clean and friendly and complete.