Thanks to Food Network and other cooking shows, the past 10 years has seen a resurgence of cooking at home. More and more women and men are learning to enjoy spending time in their kitchen.
It is still less expensive to cook at home than eating out and can sometimes be healthier and makes for a good bonding time for the family.
For the beginner cook, someone that has very limited experience in the kitchen, no time like now to jump in and learn to cook. You can try simple cooking techniques and recipes and then work your way up to more complicated tasks.
If you are for the first time out on your own or newly married, pertaining to a kitchen only spend money on the basics, then add other items as needed.
Kitchens need certain items to assist you in preparing foods with ease. Some basics are:
- Measuring cups (plastic or metal)
- Glass measuring cup for liquid measurements (1 cup, 2 cup and 4 cup)
- Measuring spoons (plastic or metal)
- Mixing bowls (plastic, glass or metal – small, medium and large sizes)
- Baking pans (metal or glass 9” x 9” or 8” x 8”, 13” x 9”, 9” round pie and/or cake)
- Cake/cookie racks
- Good quality baking sheet (not dark finish)
- Glass casserole dishes such as Corning Ware or Pyrex (1 quart, 1-1/2 quart, 2 quart)
- Good quality saucepans with lids (1 quart, 2 quart, dutch oven size)
- Good quality skillets with lids (8”, 10”, 12”)
- High quality wooden spoons
- Rubber spatulas
- Metal whisks
- Spatulas for frying and sautéing
- Tongs (short-handle)
- Set of high quality knives of various sizes
- Cutting boards in several different sizes (wood and plastic)
- Colander (plastic or metal)
Basic small appliances that you may need:
- Coffee maker
- Toaster or toaster oven
- Food processor
- Electric mixer
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