A couple of years ago I moved out of home into an unfurnished house, and therefore a bare kitchen. At the time I was a microwave egg addict with a strong affinity for eight minutes microwave pasta dishes that only required milk, water, butter, and a good stir half way through. So naturally, I didn’t have much of an idea of what to fill my kitchen with. But I eventually worked it out.
So there’s the basic kitchen essentials
- Blender (essential to me! Aside from microwave meals I was addicted to smoothies)
- Chopping board
- Knife block
- Frying pan
- Little sauce pan
- Big sauce pan
- Big pot (with a lid)
- Oven trays
Those are the big items that were obvious to me, yet there was a lot of incidental stuff I forgot about
- Utensils! Wooden spoons, spatula (silicon is best), ladle, serving spoons, spaghetti spoon (that one that looks like a claw that you take for granted until it’s gone), tongs, whisk
- Big ol mixing bowl
- Cake tin (I still only have a loaf tin for versatility)
- A heat-resistant glass dish about the size of a lasagne (again, a personal essential)
With all of these in your kitchen, you should pretty much be set up. However, here are some of my absolute favourite kitchen investments. These are in no way essential but I really enjoy using them, and they have become vital to my cooking experience.
- A slow cooker. Seriously such a worth while investment. My doubles as a rice cooker and steamer so it saves me a lot of time, and honestly being able to throw some food into a slow cooker and come home to a delicious meal after a long day is the best
- Good knives. This is definitely a non-essential, but it sure is nice. Even just investing in one super sharp chopping knife can save you time and frustration whilst cooking (plus it makes chopping onions less painful)
- Pretty serving plates. Very unessential, but it feels really good to cook a delicious meal and eat off a gorgeous plate.
You may have noticed I didn’t include ‘microwave’ in this list. I do own a microwave, but for me it important to treat it as an extremely occasional tool. Even when reheating foods, I prefer to do it on the stove because it is important to me that I cook and prepare my meals with a least a little bit of effort to truly appreciate what I am consuming. That being said, microwaves are extremely useful when you have little time and you forgot to let the mince in the freezer defrost all day.
Once your kitchen is up and running in the way of crockery and utensils, your culinary journey can really begin.