Apartment Kitchen Essentials

If you are moving from the dorms into an apartment this year, one major change is that you will finally have access to a kitchen! This is a great opportunity to learn how to cook basic foods for yourself and your friends, but it’s necessary to have the proper cooking equipment, utensils and appliances. It may seem daunting to think about stocking your kitchen with everything you need for meal preparation and cooking, but this list of kitchen essentials will help make meal time a piece of cake. Not all these items are absolutely necessary, but this list will help you think about the items you may use throughout the year. Take this checklist with you while shopping for your kitchen this summer and spark exciting ideas for your upcoming culinary adventures.

 

  • Blender
  • 1-2 medium sized frying pans
  • 1 set of silverware
  • 1 small sauce pan
  • 1 medium sized sauce pan
  • 1 large pot (for pasta or boiling food)
  • Coffeemaker (Keurigs are nice)
  • Toaster or Toaster oven
  • Mixing bowls (nesting sets are convenient)
  • 2 cutting boards
  • Measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • 2 spatulas
  • Vegetable peeler
  • 3 paring knives
  • 1 Chef’s knife
  • 1 Serrated knife
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • 1 9×13 baking dish
  • Food storage container set
  • 1-2 cupcake pans
  • Colander/strainer
  • 4-6 salad plates
  • 4-6 dinner plates
  • 4-6 bowls
  • Salt & pepper shakers
  • 4-6 drinking glasses
  • 4-6 mugs
  • Electric or hand mixer
  • Pot holders/oven mitts
  • Dish towels
  • Cheese grater
  • Slotted spoon
  • Serving spoons
  • Whisk
  • 2 rubber scrapers
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Salad tongs
  • Can opener
  • Soup ladle
  • Water filtration pitcher

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