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For the times we can’t get you a fresh home-cooked meal, we at Somafare still want to make sure you’re prepared. A great meal starts in a fully stocked, well-organized kitchen. Anyone who has ever tried to purchase new kitchen supplies for the first time or for a kitchen revamp knows how many options there are. From competing brands, to varying colors, shapes, sizes and prices of things, it seems the possibilities are endless. It can be overwhelming and it can cost a fortune. Setting up your new kitchen (or revamping your old one) doesn’t have to be stressful, and with a few tips, you can even find yourself saving money in the long run. We put together a list to serve as a guide for those who are thinking of venturing into the vast world of kitchenware. Our pro tip to you is quality over quantity. Invest in one good quality item once rather than having to purchase a lower quality item several times (and putting up with sub par quality in the meantime!).
Pots and Pans
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Many stores sell convenient sets of pots and pans with lids that are worth looking into, but we narrowed the list down to three essentials:
- Small saucepan – for sauces and soups.
- Medium sized pan/skillet – for frying, sauteeing.
- Larger pot – for soups, pastas, roasts, and boiling water.
Cooking is a process that requires a lot of prep work and for this you must be prepared. In order to masterfully navigate any recipe, you need at least the following tools:
- Chef’s knife – For chopping and other heavy knife work
- Serrated knife – For cutting breads
- Smaller paring knife – For small cutting jobs and cheeses
- Cutting boards – A good cutting board provides a sturdy surface for you to chop away all your fruits, veggies and meats. Remember to use a different cutting board when going between fruits, veggies, poultry, fish and red meat – you want to keep cross contamination out of your kitchen!
- Measuring Cups – Dry and liquid. Keep in mind, you can’t measure dry ingredients in a liquid measuring cup. This is where a scale comes in handy.
- Measuring Spoons – Tablespoon/teaspoons
- Scale – for extra precise measurements of dry ingredients.
- Mixing bowls – Use to mix ingredients, toss and hold salads, or for baking purposes. Purchase in varying sizes for greater use. We prefer stainless steel ones that won’t hold odor or stains.
- Can opener – You can get a manual can opener, or you can invest in an electric one. We recommend the electric one as it opens cans in the push of a button. Less work for you!
- Colander – A colander comes in handy for draining pasta or any other boiled foods, like veggies or eggs. It can also be used as a rinser to clean fruits and veggies.
- Grater – A handheld grater is useful for grating everyday things like cheese, carrots and ginger, but can also be used in a non-traditional way – that is, scraping the burnt parts off of toast.
- Peeler – Time saver! A vegetable peeler makes peeling veggies safer and quicker.
- Meat thermometer – A thermometer takes the guesswork away from cooking meats.
These should be larger than your standard silverware set.
- Forks/Spoons – For mixing ingredients, stirring soups
- Spatula – For grilling, flipping, cooking eggs
- Tongs – For picking up salad, noodles, bigger pieces of meat
- Ladles – For soups and sauces
- Whisks – For mixing batters, beating eggs, and whipping sauces
- 1 or 2 baking sheets – For cookies, sheet pan dinners
- 1- 9×13 pan – For brownies, baked casseroles
- A cooling rack – Cuts cooling time down for roasts, brownies/cakes and other baked goods.
- Oven mitts
- Sturdy dish rack – Even if you have a dishwasher, a dish rack comes in handy for smaller jobs and quick clean ups.
- Covered trash can – keeps odors out, stylish
- Dish rags/Kitchen towels – Helps dry surfaces and dishes, and can be used to handle hot pots/pans
- A set of glass or plastic storage containers of varying sizes – For storing leftovers and packing your lunch for the next day.
- Some kind of container or rack for your cooking utensils
By: Leticia T.