For the budget-minded shopper, Swedish superstore IKEA offers a treasure hoard of inexpensive basics. I'll admit to seduction by cinnamon roll, drifting starry-eyed through aisles of glassware, piling my delightfully maneuverable cart high with kitchen goods... then coming to earth with a bump, realizing I brought home a few too many $3.99 goodies. When it comes to IKEA, inexpensive doesn't always mean a smart buy.
I still consider IKEA one of my top sources for quality kitchenware; you just need to know what they do best. Today we have 15 picks for you — kitchen goods that have stood the test of time, or are best found at IKEA — all things that are both smart and inexpensive.