Whether you are just starting out learning to cook, or are a seasoned pro, there are many pieces of equipment that are essential to preparing and cooking a meal. Of course, there are many specialized gadgets you can have, but they aren’t necessary.
The equipment can be broken up into three different categories: preparation, range-top, and bakeware. When you are starting out, it’s perfectly acceptable to get some of “the cheap stuff” when it comes to kitchen equipment. The first kitchen I had of my own, in college, was a lot of hand-me-downs and thrift store purchases. When we got married, Justin and I were gifted with a lot of kitchen equipment that we used to replace the older stuff. Now, when I need something new, I save up and buy quality items so they will last for a long time.
I’ve linked all of these to some of the best options that you can purchase on Amazon for their prices. Sometimes you may find a product cheaper, but quality matters for many of these.
Also, make sure you know what type of pots and pans you want before you purchase any cooking utensils. If you have nonstick pans make sure you don’t use any metal or it will ruin the surface of the pans.
Of course, not all of these are completely necessary, but they are a good way to get started in the kitchen and make sure you aren’t missing anything that you may need to prepare your own meals. At the end of the post, you can get a free checklist by joining my mailing list so you can take it to the store with you.
This is also a great list if you are starting a wedding registry for a new home!
Clear Glass Liquid Measuring Cups
Dry Measuring Cups
Flexible Metal Spatula
Grater and/or Shredder
Wire Cooling Rack
Download a copy of the Essential Kitchen Equipment checklist to see what you are missing in your kitchen:
8×8 & 9×13 Baking Dish
8- or 9-inch Loaf Pan
8- or 9-inch Round Baking Pan
Roasting Pan with Rack
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