Good Question: Stocking a New Kitchen

Good Question: Stocking a New Kitchen

Dear The Kitchen, I have a young friend (vegetarian) starting out in a new city and loft. While I have every piece of cookware possible, she does not. What do you suggest as a source that might provide a list of basics for her kitchen. I am trying to encourage her to make her own meals. She is into ease. Currently, she has two pots, a tea kettle and a toaster. We differ on our idea of basics. Suggestions as to basic for her would be helpful. thanks, Jmarieb Dear Jmarieb, This is a great question. The thought of stocking up a new kitchen is so exciting; shiny new pots and sharp new knives. Heaven! Here's the basic list I tell people to use when shopping (or begging/borrowing from family and friends' overstuffed kitchens). Of course, not every item on this list is "necessary" - based on one's cooking habits, they can add or take-away. For example, if they do not intend on doing any baking, very few of the items in the baking section would be needed. Many of these items can be found at local cookware shops, depending on where she lives and what kinds of stores are nearby. If she prefers to shop online, she can get just about everything here at a general cook's supply like Sur La Table. Cookware Saucepan with cover (2qt.-3qt.) Large sauté pan (10" - 14") small saute pan (7"- 9") Stock pot (8qt. +) with steamer insert Cutlery Paring Knife (3½" -5") Chefs Knife (6"-8") Bread Knife Kitchen Shears Sharpening Steel Sharpening Stone Knife Block Baking Dry Measuring Cup Set Dry Measuring Spoon Set Liquid Measuring Cup (s) Heavy Duty Mixer Removable Bottom Tart Pan 2 Cookie Sheets Cooling Racks 9" Pie Plate Muffin Pan Loaf Pan (9x5x3) Sheet Pan (9x13x2) Flour Sifter Parchment Paper Rolling Pin Pastry Brush Dough Scraper S/S Mixing Bowls Misc. Large Metal Spoons (slotted and solid) Silicone spatula Wire Whisk Wooden Spoons (2-3) Ladle Cutting Board (2-3) Sieve (with fine mesh) Colander Roasting Pan w/rack Grater (such as Microplane) Tongs Pepper Grinder Vegetable Peeler (such as Swiss Peeler) Hot Pads Can Opener Ice Cream Scoop Teakettle Heavy Duty Mixer Cuisinart Food Processor
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