Kitchen Equipment

What's essential kitchen equipment? That's a tough call because I can only give my list and others may need more or less.So with that in mind and the fact that money isn't usually plentiful when you set up your first home away from home, here is a list of what I consider essential.

Kitchen Equipment

You can add or subtract as you please but with this list you have a guideline to work from. I am a firm believer in the old Chinese proverb: "Pay dear cry once, buy cheap and cry forever." If you cannot afford exactly what you wish then buy as cheap as you can with a view to getting what you want in the near future.There is no point in buying middle of the range if you want top of the range and can't afford it. You will save cash much quicker by buying cheap and using what you save to start saving for kitchen equipment you really want.It took me more than six years to get the equipment I truly wanted and I'm happy with that.

Part One: Utensils

  • 1 set non-stick or stainless steel utensils
  • 2 Rubber spatulas, small and large
  • 3 Wooden spoons, S/M/L
  • 2 Whisks S/L
  • 2 Stainless steel tongs S/L
  • Set of measuring cups
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • 1 Stainless steel grater/zester
  • 1 Can opener
  • 1 Vegetable peeler
  • 1 Bottle opener
  • 1 Citrus squeezer
  • 3 Mixing bowls S/M/L
  • 1 Garlic press
  • 1 Rolling pin
  • 1 Pyrex measuring jug

Part 2: Knives

  • 1 Paring knife
  • 1 Vegetable knife
  • 1 Bread knife
  • 1 Carving knife
  • 1 Carving fork
  • 1 Cooks knife
  • 1 Knife honing steel
  • 1 Set kitchen scissors

Part 3: Saucepans and baking pans

  • 3 Non-stick fry-pans S/M/L
  • 3 Saucepans (Make one of them non-stick)S/M/L
  • 1 Wok
  • 1 Stock Pot/Pasta Cooker
  • 1 Char grill pan
  • 1 Roasting/baking dish

Part 4: Ceramic ware

  • 1 Medium size casserole with lid
  • 1 Lasagne dish
  • 1 Quiche dish
  • 2 Plate size pie dishes

Part 5: Miscellaneous

  • If you are going to bake cakes, then you will need some spring form cake tins.
  • Muffin Tray (6 muffins)
  • Chopping boards - I have one for meat and another for bread or fruit.
  • 1 Set of kitchen scales.
  • 1 Corkscrew if you are wine drinkers.
  • 1 set of heatproof oven mitts.
  • Skewers
  • Egg poacher
  • Egg rings if you use them.
  • A pastry brush
  • A basting brush
  • A soup ladle

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