Moving Into A New Kitchen? Here's What You'll Need!

Moving Into A New Kitchen? Here's What You'll Need!

My friend Lola and my future brother-in-law Matthew have both recently moved, and asked me the same question: "How the heck do I stock a new kitchen?" What are the essentials, what is non-negotiable, what are the things that can wait? Where do you buy this stuff and where can you find some great deals? Not to worry Lola + Matt! Be Like Family is at your service with a handy-dandy checklist for the things you need when moving. 

Please keep in mind this list is aimed at a beginner cook (no sous-vides tools here) who is either living alone or as a couple. If you are cooking very often/feeding a family, you may need more equipment. I've included links to the specific brands I use in my kitchen, but feel free to explore your options depending on style preferences and budget. 

Their is no tableware or storage on this list, as how much/what quality you get depends entirely on you. I recommend you buy at least 4 of everything, but if you entertain often you may want 6-8. I got my tableware from Canvas Home, and these leftover containers from OXO that I love! I use glass containers because they are better for mama earth, and they don't retain sauces/smells the same way that plastic does. Also, they last longer. 

Pots & Pans
my philosophy here is to buy fewer items of higher quality; splurge on 2-3 great pans that can you use over + over again. The truth is you don't need 4 stainless steel pans in different sizes. You can get creative and make do with 1 small and 1 large. Here's what I have:

1 small, non-stick pan (for things like eggs) 
1 5-quart stainless steel pot <-- I'm obsessed with this pot because it's large enough to make soup, but not so deep that I can't also sear some chicken in it, or mix a pasta dish in. It's seriously the perfect size and I use it for everything
1 everyday skillet that's medium size + depth and not too heavy
1 cast-iron pantypically, the cheaper the pan the heavier it is, which for me means it's a pain in the you know what to use. I don't cook on cast-iron often, but if you do, be sure to invest in one that is lightweight and comfortable.

For Your Oven
1-2 baking sheet(s), for making cookies or roasting vegetables
A 9x13 casserole dish; more affordable option here

Utensils/Things
an important tip to remember, avoid purchasing single-purchase gadgets (i.e an apple slicer) because they take up space and money from your budget without being used often enough. Here are my essentials:

2 cutting boards, keep one separate for meat, seafood, etc; I like this one because of the "juice canal" that prevents drips
Tongs
Spatulas; I use these silicone ones, which are sturdy and 100% worth the minimal extra investment
A spider strainer for removing things out of boiling water without the headache
A microplane (hi, parmesan cheese makes everything better)
A set of nesting bowls for all of your mise en place needs
A pinch bowl for salt (it's much easier to know how much you're using if you can see/feel it)
A pepper grinder
A set of measuring cups and measuring spoons
A corkscrew
A garbage canwho says trash cans can't be shiny?
Oven mitts; I like that only the grip on these is silicone
Tea towels; I use these obsessively to wipe my hands while cooking

Cutlery
A chef's knife, for everything; Brandon gifted me this knife and I couldn't be more pleased with how comfortable, sharp, and durable it is. I highly recommend. Another great option that is more affordable is a ceramic knife, just be careful not to try and slice anything very heavy/thick with it.
A pairing knife, for the little things; I use a Shun pairing knife. A more affordable option here.
A serrated knife, for slicing bread, or tomatoes, or chocolate; I use Shun, lower priced option here.
Kitchen shears, they will come in handy

Optional but fun
A french press or other coffee maker you prefer
A tea kettle, for fresh hot water when you need a cuppa' or hot water for making soup
A roaster because what's better than a roasted chicken
A slow-cooker; you'll thank me come November
A cheese board, for when friends come over
Trivets, for setting how pans on your table

These are my recommendations for the most important things to stock your kitchen with. Do you agree? Are there other essentials your kitchen must have? Please share your suggestions, and questions in the comments below! 

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