Shopping: Kitchen Gear

I’ve made you a shopping list distilled from all the Kitchen Gear posts, handy for creating a checklist for evaluating your own kitchen, creating a wishlist or wedding registry and also finding duplicates and unnecessary items in your cabinets.

Cookware

  • A small saucepan
  • A decent-sized saucepan (likely with a flat bottom)
  • A skillet or saute pan
  • A stockpot or Dutch oven

Bowls

  • Metal bowls (2-3 in different sizes)
  • Glass mixing bowls (at least 3 sizes, stacking bowls are best)
  • Melamine or other plastic bowls (instead of glass) if you’re clumsy or just prefer plastic

Spoons and Mixing

  • 3-4 Wooden spoons
  • 3-4 Silicone spatulas
  • 2 Wire whisks (different sizes)
  • 1 Coated wire whisk (if you have any non-stick pots or pans)

Knives

  • Chef’s knife or Santoku knife
  • Paring knife
  • Serrated knife

Other Tools and Helpers

  • Box grater
  • Microplane grater
  • Kitchen shears
  • Pastry cutter
  • Mandoline
  • Can opener
  • Kitchen scale
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Garlic press
  • Tongs – metal tipped and plastic tipped
  • Pastry brush
  • Cooking spatulas
  • Ladels
  • Serving spoons
  • Pepper grinder
  • Aluminum foil
  • Freezer bags
  • Parchment paper
  • Cling wrap

Cutting Boards

  • 3-4 Polypropylene cutting boards in at least 2 sizes
  • 1 Wooden cutting board or block – for presentation

Bakeware

  • Baking sheet
  • Muffin pan
  • Cake pans (rounds)
  • Pyrex pans (rectangle)
  • 9×13 pan
  • Measuring cups (liquid and dry)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Loaf pan
  • Pie plate
  • Tart pan
  • Springform pan
  • Specialty molds, including mini muffin, madeleine, bundt/tube, cornbread mold, fun cake pans

Linens

  • Several dish towels (easily bleached or stain-friendly)
  • Couple of pot holders or hot gloves
  • Dish cloths (if that’s your preference)
  • Paper towels

Cleaning Supplies

  • Cleaning wipes
  • Scouring pads
  • Dish detergent (sink and dishwasher)
  • Sponges with scrubbing surface

Automation (Machines to save your time)

  • Stand mixer (with attachments)
  • Immersion blender or traditional blender
  • Food processor
  • Toaster or toaster oven
  • Crock pot/Slow cooker
  • Pressure cooker
  • Microwave
  • FoodSaver
  • Coffee grinder
  • Coffee pot
  • Rice cooker
  • Ice cream maker

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