Welcome to Kitchen Essentials!
Is your kitchen organized with all
the essential items?
The 'Kitchen Essentials' section lists basic kitchen essential
items needed to set-up a well managed kitchen. Any supplemental
items can always be added to your collection as needed.
Brides-to-be can use this information as a guide to use for
setting up her bridal registry. Setting up a kitchen by a
newlywed or just moving out on your own and setting up a kitchen
can be somewhat daunting. This guide will make it easy for you,
and if you have any questions that we can help with, just
email us. Brides
be sure to register at all your favorite Gift
Registry Stores. The registries are used for several
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Baking Dishes - Pans -
Mitts for the Oven:
These are basic baking
dishes, pans and mitts items that are needed to set up an
efficient kitchen. Any additional items can always be added as
you need them. Kitchenware has become so versatile in color and
material mediums, and so lovely, that it makes it difficult to
choose, so you really need to think about color schemes in your
kitchen, and for the overall long haul that you'll be using
Baking pans are another matter all together, as I've learned
that nothing beats aluminum. The coated pans cannot be placed
in dishwashers, they scratch and rust, but aluminum can always
be cleaned up easily especially if you really have something
sticky and burnt on them, just soak them for awhile before
Oven mitts and pot holders of course are essentials, don't skimp
on these either, they need to have heat resistant materials in
them, or try the new silicon mitts and pot holders to protect
Quantity and Description
1 - Set of Baking Covered Casserole dishes w/lids 1, 2 & 3
1 - Cookie Sheet Std. Size with a rim, buy aluminum, this will
last you a lifetime.
1 - Loaf Pan Std. Size - aluminum, this can double for meat or
small bread pan.
1 - Square Aluminum Pan 8" x 8"
1 - Roasting Pan 12" x 18"
1 - Pizza Pan - aluminum either a 12" or 18" round
1 - Quiche Plate 10 - 12" of glass, ceramic, pottery, metal,
can be used for a pie
or tart. Try our quiche and tart recipes HERE
2 - Silicone [or Silicone coated] Oven Mitts & 2 Pot
VIEW HERE ]
There are so many
gorgeous sets of mixing bowls in every type material medium that
you can imagine. There are solid colors, designs, you name it,
its available. This will be a personal choice selection, so
again think about kitchen color schemes and what you really are
looking for. A three bowl set is a must , made of either glass,
plastic and stainless steel [are less expensive], or
earthenware, copper, crock ware and more.
1 - Mixing Bowl Set - 3 Bowl Set of the noted materials
above, glass, stainless steel or plastic are the least
expensive. Mixing bowl
sets at $9.95 up. View all 'Mixing Bowl Sets' from
Amazon's wonderful selection
of mixing bowls, you're sure to find the
perfect mixing bowl set that you can't do without!
1 - Measuring Cup Set of 8 includes: 1/8, 1/4, 1/3,
3/4, 1 & 2 cup sizes
1 - Measuring Spoons Set of 5 Teaspoon sizes: 1/8,
3/4, 1 t. size and a Tablespoon size
1 - Large Glass Measuring Cup that holds 4 cups of
1 - Small Glass Measuring Cup that holds 1 Cup of
Cups and Spoons
Measuring cups are best made out
of plastic or stainless steel, for durability and cleaning
purposes. 'Measuring Cup Sets' and 'Measuring Spoon Sets'
selections, can be viewed here at
Measuring Cups and Spoon Sets.
Pots & Pans for the
1 Set of 3 Saucepans [1,
2 & 3 Qt. sizes] w/Lids
1 Skillet 10" size w/Lid
1 Stockpot w/Lid - 8 Qt. size, multi-use for cooking pasta,
stews, soups, stocks
Do not get less than an 8 Qt. stockpot, because of all the
potential uses for it.
Buying pots and pans is an investment in your future. Buy good
pieces that you can add to over time. Everyone has their own
preference for non-stick, stainless steel, copper and so forth.
This definitely is a personal preference thing however, because
certain mediums heat more quickly, and some maintain heat at
constant levels, thus reducing the possibilities of burning of
foods. Copperware is wonderful, and you can sauté foods over a
lower flame because copper heats instantly. Think about what
you really are looking for and want in terms of lifetime usage.
Some non-stick brands are very expensive, and they still are
going to get scratched no matter how careful you are, and some
the handles will burn you. I've found that really good 18
gauge stainless steel with copper or steel clad bottoms is a
happy medium overall. If you season cookware correctly, you
won't have a problem with food sticking or cleaning. Just
follow the manufacturers directions explicitly.
Utensils - Food
2 - Wooden Spoons
2 - Wooden or Plastic Spatulas
2 - Cutting Boards - 1 wood 12" x 16", 1 plastic 8" x 12" [See
Cutting Boards ]
1 - Cooling Rack
1 - Colander
1 - Package of Cheesecloth
1 - Strainer
1 - Kitchen Scissors
2 - Large Slotted Spoons - 1 each plastic and stainless steel
2 - Large Solid Spoons - 1 each plastic and stainless steel
2 - Large Spatulas - 1 each plastic and stainless steel
1 - Meat Thermometer
1 - Vegetable peeler - stainless steel
1 - Vegetable brush - plastic that is dishwasher safe
1 - Set of Tongs
1 - Kitchen Timer
1 - Rubber Spatula
1 - Whisk
2 - Pancake Turners - 1 small and 1 large
1 - Multi-purpose Box Type Grater [at least 3 or 4 different
1 - Hand Can Opener [for back-up]
Cutlery for Food
This is one area that you
should not scrimp on! A good set of knives will last
indefinitely, they're precision built, and weighted perfectly
for a lifetime of use. I personally use J. A. Henckels
Professional knives, but there are several other good brands of
weighted stainless steel knives to select from. You will
probably not receive knives as a wedding gift or gift in general
because of the old superstition that it will bring the receiver
bad luck! So with that said, thoroughly check-out the quality
knife sets. Check with family and friends to see what they use,
and how they like the brand that they have. Once you make up
your mind, then buy the basics listed below. They are the most
used pieces, and then buy the butcher block holder for your fine
knife set. TIP: When you wash and dry your knives [which you
should do immediately after use], let them sit out on the
counter for awhile before you put them back into the block. You
do not want moisture inside the butcher block holder.
View Knives & Knife Sets HERE.
A Basic Set of Knives &
Chopping Block [buy individual pieces that should include]:
- 1 Chefs Knife either 10" or 12"
- 1 Boning Knife 5 ½" is good for most home usage
- 1 Paring Knife
- 1 Bread Knife
- 1 Kitchen Scissors