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The Starter's Kitchen


The Starter’s Kitchen – Part 1

Some months ago I read an article somewhere that supposedly posted the definite list of items that you need to start a kitchen, and another one for cooks who are experts to upgrade their equipment. The list missed a lot of the basic essentials that I think most people should have at home, even those who do not do much cooking. A lot of the items on the basic list I had read were also superfluous, at least for most people who are starting up. Of course it all depends on personal choice, what type of cooking you prefer doing, and how much you are into cooking.

I personally tend to move from one extreme to another in what I use in the kitchen, from using a few basic tools for everything, to using specific tools for specific tasks. It all depends on my mood of the moment, and probably the phase of the moon too. These days I have been paying more attention to what I use daily in the kitchen, and I noticed that the basic tools that I employ the most are not very numerous. Everybody has their preferences, so what I say here should be taken with a grain of salt, as I am sure a lot of people out there could not life without their preferred gadgets or kitchen tools. The following list highlights the basic essentials that everybody interested in cooking should have in their kitchen, and it is based on my own experience. In subsequent posts I will list other items that I think should form the basis of a good kitchen. At a later date I will expand on each item on the various lists to explain my personal preferences.

Basic Essentials (Kitchen)

  • Solid smooth-bladed 8″ chef’s knife
  • 3″ smooth-bladed paring knife
  • Meat fork
  • Sharpening stone (or sharpening gadget that actually works)
  • Sharpening steel
  • Serrated blade bread knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Box grater
  • Manual can and bottle opener
  • 3 large kitchen spoons
  • Soup ladle
  • Slotted spoon
  • Potato masher
  • Metal spatula
  • Bamboo spatula
  • Plastic spatula
  • 3 X silicone rubber spatulas of various sizes
  • 2 X 2 cup measuring cups
  • 4 cup or larger measuring cup
  • Set of small measuring cups
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Corkscrew
  • Wire whisk
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Lemon press
  • Colander
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Set 3 piece strainer
  • Salad spinner
  • Tongs
  • Synthetic prep cutting board
  • 2 x potholder

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