Living on your own comes with enough challenges without stressing out what you actually need in your kitchen. If you find yourself struggling with where to even start when it comes to buying the necessities this list is for you. Below are 14 items you absolutely need in your kitchen. They will make sure you have everything you need to prepare the best meal possible for guests or just yourself.
1. Food Processor
You’ll be surprised at just how handy a food processor can be. The one below is designed smaller, which is perfect if you’re still living with a bunch of roommates or in a small space. Plus the cute color doesn’t hurt either.
A juicer is a kitchen item you don’t realize you need until you realize you don’t have one. This item isn’t used just for drinks either. If you want to prepare your dishes with fresh juice you’ll want a juicer.
You’ll want a good set of strainers. These kitchen items aren’t used just for pasta. You can clean fruit with them, drain rice with them, and sift flour or others powder while baking. Having strainers that come in various shapes will help you make sure all your bases are covered.
4. Salad Tosser
If you’re unsure of exactly how tossed a salad needs to be consider investing in an actual salad tosser. These things are great because they’re so easy. Plus the one below is large enough to toss large amounts of salad at once.
5. Knife Set
Having that one lone butcher knife you bought at your local grocery store isn’t going to cut it anymore. You’ll want to invest in good knives if you’re going to get serious about cooking. Knives aren’t a ones size fits all either, there are different foods that require different blades. A good knife set will come with all the knives you could possibly need. They don’t have to be expensive either, just good quality enough to get the job done.
6. Cutting Boards
When you really begin cooking you’ll quickly realize cleanliness is incredibly important. You don’t want to cross contaminate raw meat with any other food you’re preparing. Which is why investing in various cutting boards or a cutting board set is important. The one below has one meant for meats, vegetables and bread. They’re all different colors too so that way you’ll always remember which board is which.
7. Pasta Cooker
Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you have to give up all the good hacks. A microwave can still be a good friend to you while you venture into adulthood. If you don’t have time to worry about watching a pasta pot boil and just need it done quickly consider investing in this pasta cooker. It will cook your pasta quickly and efficiently.
8. Cast Iron Skillet
This may seem like a daunting purpose, and cast iron skillets are more complicated to clean, you’ll be impressed by the world of food you opened yourself up to with this investment. To start down this path of cooking consider buying a cast iron skillet that is more reasonably priced, like the one below. Plus your friends will be impressed you have one of these in your kitchen.
9. Can Opener
This isn’t the most glamorous of items but it is really important. You absolutely need a good can opener. One that will actually open your cans and will prevent you from risking a cut.
10. Instant Pot
This is more compact than a slow cooker and cheaper but you’ll still get the same results with it. This instant pot is great if you’re wanting to cook but you have a busy schedule. Don’t let life get in the way of great food.
Another important tool people tend to overlook. A grater isn’t just for your server at Olive Garden. This kitchen item is useful in a lot of recipes.
You. Need. Kitchen. Scissors. I cannot stress this enough when I say invest in actual kitchen scissors. If you want to really be an adult buy a few pairs and designate them for specific purposes. You don’t want a pair of stationery scissors cutting your food. A good pair of scissors doesn’t have to be expensive either, but you need them. This is truly an item you absolutely need in your kitchen.
13. Vegetable Peeler
While you can get the same results with knives it is a little safer to use an actual peeler. You’ll save time and your fingers with a good vegetable peeler.
14. Spice Rack
While down the path of good cooking you’ll definitely accumulate a lot of spices. Instead of throwing them in drawers or complicating them in your cupboards consider investing in a good spice rack. The one below is perfect because it’s cheap and small enough to fit in cabinets.