1. Essential pots and pans
For starters, invest in one small and one large nonstick pot and pan with lids. There are lots of options for larger sets, but if you’re concerned about space or price, these basics will do.
2. Quality knives
If you’re not ready to invest in a complete knife set, a chef’s knife, paring knife, and serrated knife are the three you want to start with. A chef’s knife will be your go-to for most kitchen tasks, while the smaller paring knife will be used for foods that require attention to detail like peeling, mincing, and removing stems. The serrated knife has a jagged edge that’s useful for bread as well as foods like tomatoes and peppers that don’t easily cut with a smooth-edged knife.
3. Food processor
Food processors will completely up your kitchen game. They can chop up onions, garlic, and peppers within seconds, and they’re great for making sauces and marinades in advance. Some food processors also have slice and shred plates that make it easy to grate things like carrots and beets. Here are the two that I have and recommend.
Aside from making smoothies, blenders are useful for making sauces, soups, batters, and more!
5. Indoor grill
Want to have a meal ready in minutes without having to use the stove? Let’s talk indoor grills. Whether it’s heating up toast or frozen bread, popping in quesadillas, making grilled cheese, or grilling up some fish, an indoor grill will completely upgrade your kitchen game.
6. Bowl set
Have you been using serving bowls, pots, or Tupperware containers for mixing? No shade, but it’s time to get a bowl set with different-sized bowls.
7. Food storage containers
There’s nothing more depressing than food that completely spills out of the container as you take it out the fridge (it’s happened to me so many times) or food that’s leaking into a lunch bag because of improper storage. Invest in airtight containers that won’t melt when exposed to heat. Your food will stay fresh for longer, and you can heat it directly in the container when ready to eat.
8. Baking sheet
9. Oil spritzer
10. Cast-iron skillet
11. Fruit and vegetable peeler
12. Hand mixer
13. Two cutting boards
- If you’re planning on making meat, poultry, or seafood, you want to make sure to use a separate cutting board for them because you don’t want to transfer bacteria from these raw proteins over to other ingredients like fruits and vegetables. Designate one for animal proteins and one for all other ingredients.
14. Measuring cup set
- If you’re big on following recipes, measuring cups will be a lifesaver, especially when it comes to baking. Having these cups also helps you make sure you don’t skimp or go overboard on on ingredients and with recipes that require precision.
15. Mixing spoon set