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Essential Kitchen Basics for Home Cooking

Updated: Jul 10, 2023

Home kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home, and having a well-equipped and organized kitchen is essential for enjoyable and efficient cooking. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cook, having the right tools and a solid foundation of kitchen basics is key. In this blog post, we will explore some essential kitchen tools, pantry staples, and practical tips to help you create culinary masterpieces in your own home. Here are my top 10 recommendations for the items to get you started.

1. Cookware: A set of pots and pans in various sizes, including a frying pan, saucepan, and stockpot.

These will serve as the backbone of your cooking adventures.

2. Utensils: Wooden spoons, spatulas, tongs, a whisk, a ladle, and a slotted spoon.

These items are indispensable for stirring, flipping, and whisking up your masterpiece.

3. Knives: Invest in a good-quality chef's knife, paring knife, and serrated knife.

These three knives will cover most of your cutting needs in the kitchen or check out the sets below.

Cutting Boards: Have seperate cutting boards for meats, fruits/veggies, and bread to avoid cross-contamination.

Opt for durable and easy-to-clean cutting boards.

Special note: If using a bamboo cutting board. I highly recommend this product to make your board last longer and stay bacteria free.

4. Mixing bowls: A set of mixing bowls in different sizes for preparing, serving, and marinating.

I have had the Cuisinart set below for years and love them. I use them daily.

5. Measuring tools: Measuring cups (both dry and liquid) and measuring spoons.

I have had the All-Clad measuring sets for years and love them. I would highly recommend them as they are super heavy duty and still look like new even after years of use and many military moves.

6. Bakeware: Baking sheets, cake pans, and a casserole dish.

7. Small appliances: A blender, toaster or toaster oven, and a microwave (optional).

8. Kitchen gadgets: Can opener, vegetable peeler, grater, colander, and a strainer.

9. Food storage containers: Containers for storing leftovers and organizing pantry staples.

10. Basic pantry ingredients: Salt, pepper, cooking oil, flour, sugar, spices, and herbs.

Know that you can use any kind of these items that you choose. These are simply the ones that I recommend or use myself personally.


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