Staples - kitchen equipment
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Back story here. The essentials of a kitchen:
- Knives - I would buy this Chef's knife but my wife laughed at me and the price. So you need three knives: A Chef's knife, a paring knife and a serrated knife. Aside from some cheap steak knives and your silverware, these three knifes will cover your needs.
- Pots and Pans - You need two large pots (cheap here for boiling and decent here). One is to be used for boiling water and it can be cheap. The other is used to make sauces and soups - trust me, you should make these - and it should have a nice heavy, heat conducing bottom. A medium saute pan is essential (Bourdain says to get a heavy duty, thick-bottomed nonstick one and never wash it; just wipe it out after each use).
- Tongs - Kitchen tongs are critical; more critical than a kitchen fork.
- Wooden Spoon(s) - They stir, they are essential. Have wooden spoons in your kitchen.
- Towels - Go utility and cheap on towels but have plenty. As close to white as possible so they can be washed in bleach and detergent and stacked up clean for kitchen work.
- Salt and pepper shakers.
- Chore Boy Golden Fleece - These gems should be purchased by the case and stored under your kitchen cabinets. They clean anything quickly. This is the gold standard of kitchen scrubbery.
- Whisk - Get one.
- Cheese grater - It's not just for cheese.
- Mixing Bowls - several stainless steel mixing bowls will save you. You can marinade, mix and store in these. Go cheap and get several.
- Coffee Pot - I love the Bunn. This may be the most used tool in your kitchen so it should be good.
- Tea Kettle - For tea. Also, you need a coffee press for tea - buy loose leaf tea.
- Waiter's style corkscrew - Bottle opener, corkscrew and knife. You are set.
- Sheet pan - Pizza, frozen foods, loaves of bread. . .with room to grow into more creative stuff.
- Spoons - slotted and unslotted.
- Potato Masher - It will come in handy.
- Colander - Get one that fits in your big pot in case you need to do some steaming (you can break off handles if necessary). Otherwise, you need for draining pasta, potatoes, etc.
- Can opener - For cans of stuff.
- Cutting Board - Cut on this, not on the counter.
- Toaster - Everything tastes better on toast. Steve suggests a four-slicer. . .for her pleasure.
- Grill - A grill is absolutely a piece of kitchen equipment. . .outdoor kitchen equipment.
I think that is it for essential kitchen equipment. What am I missing?
- Scissors - Shears, scissors, whatever; these come in handy in the kitchen.
- Rasp - Not essential but useful.
- Hand Mixer - Also not essential but one of those things you need more frequently than first imagined.
- Stainless Steel Roasting Pan - Get one with a rack that fits inside for cooking animals. Cheap is fine for this item; it needs to have handles and should conduct heat.
- Pyrex Mix and Measure - Why isn't this essential? You can ballpark cooking. Remember, cooking is art, baking is science. You probably won't be baking much.
What am I missing?