Posted by: Hil | May 10, 2009

Guest Post: Beginner’s Kitchen Essentials

I’ve spent a lot of time on this blog writing about cooking, and not nearly as much time writing about cookware as I would like.  To get the ball rolling, the folks at have written a guest post about the basic cooking essentials for putting together a kitchen.  Enjoy!

My personal favorite non-traditional basic kitchen item is my santoku knife.  Knives are one of the things I think it’s really worth spending good money on, because they make preparing foods so much faster and more enjoyable.  What are your favorite basics?



Putting together a kitchen for the first time can be a daunting task seeing as how there are a number of different small appliances, tools, and cookware sets out in the market today. When you begin your cookware research it’s a good idea to keep the fundamental tools of the kitchen in mind. Consider five piece cookware sets that include small and medium sized covered saucepans, one large stockpot, and two sauté and frying pans. The two saucepans are perfect for simmering gravy and sauces and cooking a rice or vegetable side for any family dinner. Stockpots offer a space to create your own soups, stews, and pasta dishes while the sauté pans allow you to fry your favorite breakfast eggs or cook up a side of stir-fry.

Along with a basic cookware set, you’ll need the proper kitchen tools to aid in all of your cooking adventures. Tongs, spatulas, wooden spoons, cutting boards, and ladles will soon be your best friend while you break your new kitchen in. In addition, a reliable chef knife will take care of chopping vegetables, cutting thick meats, and mincing herbs. Paring knives are smaller and give you more control when you’re removing meat fat or coring peppers and tomatoes. Depending on your experience in the kitchen, you may want to invest in a few specialty kitchen appliances and accessories like a mixer, vegetable peeler, or blender to make the process easier.

Basic items definitely tend to vary from person to person and always depend on what the normal cooking routine is for your family so try to get an idea of the menu you tend to make on a weekly basis. One thing that will never go out of style in the kitchen is following a recipe and measuring ingredients. With that being said, pick up a full set of measuring cups and spoons to avoid any guesswork in the kitchen. While many items can be cooked on a gas or electric stovetop, there’s always the option of cooking a full menu in the oven. For this reason, investing in a ten or thirteen inch glass pan is always a smart move as this provides an area to roast potatoes or bake a batch of brownies.


  1. My personal favorite item in my kitchen is the Slap Chop. It is an all in one chopping, slicing and dicing tool that cuts up fruits and vegetables with ease. Its useful, safe, and best of all, fun to use!

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