The basic kitchen must-haves for your home

You may not fancy yourself Betty Crocker, and a cooking show may never grace your television screen, but that does not mean you do not use your kitchen.
Whether you are moving into a new home, or looking to revamp your current kitchen situation, there are some must-haves when it comes to even the most basic of kitchen setups. Here are a few of them:

A good set of knives

While you could go for a big butcher’s block set of knives, they are not necessary for a basic kitchen setup. What is important, however, is that you have a solid set of the following knives: A serrated knife, 10-inch chef’s knife, and a paring knife. Even if you do not fancy yourself a future-Chopped candidate, you should go for the best knives your budget can bare. Good knives will last a long, long time.

Mixing bowls

A good set of stainless-steel mixing bowls are vital to any kitchen. Inexpensive and versatile, you will always have a use for a good mixing bowl.

Measuring cups and spoons

Believe it or not, there are separate measuring cups for liquids and solids. So, it is important to have at least one set of measuring spoons and two sets of cups (one for liquids, and one for solids.) Even the most basic baking requires you to be accurate in measuring.

Trough sinks

One of the rooms that gets redesigned most often in homes is the bathroom, and with the new trend of trough (or bucket) sinks, it may just be time to re-do your bathroom. These farmhouse inspired sinks add a touch of vintage flare that make any bathroom (or even a kitchen) pop.

Quality cookware

Nonstick skillets are a must for any kitchen. But, you will want some in various sizes, as well as a stainless-steel skillet, a stockpot and saucepans.


For those inexperienced with cooking, this is key. An instant-read thermometer can help you make sure the culinary adventure you are taking does not veer into dangerous territory.


Heat-resistant, non-stick spatulas are good to have. You will also need a peeler, slotted spoon, wire whisk, tongs, as well as a few wooden spoons and ladles.

A slow cooker

A slow cooker, or a crockpot, is the bestfriend of any cooking novice. They come in many sizes, so finding one perfect for your family’s size will be no issue. These machines are simple to use, and there are endless, tasty recipes readily available.
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