Use this 60 must-have kitchen items list to make sure you have everything you need in your kitchen. These tools will ensure you have properly stocked cupboards and the right equipment for making any meal.
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When I got my first apartment I had no idea which tools I needed to buy to be able to make myself meals. I knew my mom had all the stuff we needed before, so it didn't occur to me to take note of what those were. I wish I would have had this list.
These are also great gift ideas for people in your life who like to cook or are just starting out and don't know where to begin.
It's important to make sure you have the equipment you need in order to make all your meals. You don't want to be stuck in the middle of a recipe with no mixing bowls or way to zest your lemons, kids.
I use all of these (and more!) in my own kitchen. Each one was picked because it's something I, personally, use or because I would buy it if I needed to update that tool.
Must-Have Kitchen Items List
Budget version: Victorinox Fibrox Pro Chef's Knife
Pro version: Zwilling Chef's Knife
Budget version: Mercer Culinary Millennia Paring Knife
Pro version: Mercer Culinary Renaissance Forged Paring Knife
Serrated utility knife
Get most of the spatulas and spoons you need with this 9 Piece Silicone Spatula Set
Wide flat spatula
Set of mixing bowls
9x13 baking pan
Basic version: Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender
Pro version: Vitamix 5300 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz.
This list is comprehensive without being frilly. Let's be honest, we don't need the extras when we're starting out. When you find you're ready to upgrade, there are so many fun ways to do so by shopping around.
The key is to buy good quality products the first time. If you buy something cheap, you're wasting your time, effort, and money. There are plenty of options in different price ranges. This doesn't mean you need to buy the $99 spatula. It means you should find items that are good quality within your budget.