I love lists, I constantly carry around a legal pad to keep lists going. Lists for what I need to buy, lists for what I need to do, lists for what I need to think about even doing, the list goes on. I realized the other day there is not a good list out there for what you need to start your first kitchen, at least not on a budget. Sure if you have a hundred dollars to spend on knives alone then epicurious has a great list. Otherwise, nope. So I've decided to try to make my own.
It takes all types to make this world, and sometimes you can simply divide it into Marthas and Sandras. As in Martha Stewart and Sandra Lee. One makes everything from the scratch, the other knows how to make it look that way. No matter what your preference, there is room for every type here. Don't think you have to spend a fortune either, a good place to look for some of this stuff are places like TJ Maxx, or Marshalls. This way you can get good quality stuff without paying full price! Check thrift stores for vintages glasses and plates, just make sure to run them through the dishwasher once or twice!
Let's start with the basics:
Baking Pan (9 x 9)
Blender (drinks don't mix themselves!)
-at least 2, so you don't cross contaminant
- I like the plastic kind that have a picture of fish, vegtable, cow and chicken so you never mix them up
- 20 piece set
- 4 large plates, 4 bowls, 4 small plates
-2 so you have one when the other's dirty
- 8 so you don't have to wash them everyday
- A set of three (S, M, and L) that nest are perfect
- 2 so you can grab the sides of a baking pan
- 10 qt. stock pot
- 8 qt. stock pot
- 5 qt. stock pot
- 2 qt. sauce pan
- 1 qt. sauce pan
- ( 8 forks, 4 knives, 4 spoons)
- They don't have to match, A la Anthro
- Casserole dish
- Glass baking pan
- Round ones for cakes
Dish drying rack
Knives (different kinds)
Place mats/ table cloth
Salt and Pepper Shaker
Tea Pot/ Kettle
Did I miss anything? What do you find yourself using most in the kitchen? Later this week, I will post about kitchen essentials for your pantry! Be sure to check back!
P.S. To see what to put in your spice rack, look here! And finally, to prepare your pantry, look here!