Whether you’re moving into a new place or just revamping your kitchen arsenal, figuring out what appliances are needs versus wants can be a struggle (especially when new technology comes out and pulls you in with clever advertising). But most of the time, sticking to the basics is the best way to go.
1- Blender/Food Processor
Blenders and food processors can be used for anything you could ever eat. Soups, smoothies, sauces, ice creams, coatings – whatever you need, these two appliances can get the job done. It might seem like an extra thing to store, but once you live without a blender, you’ll miss it way more than you could have thought possible.
2 – Tongs
Sometimes, spatulas won’t cut it and you need something that feels as close to using your hand without actually touching anything. Having a nice pair of tongs to flip meat in the oven, grab pasta out of the pot, or check if your veggies are done roasting makes cooking that much easier.
3 – Parchment paper
If you’re more of a baker or more of a chef, it doesn’t matter – parchment paper is an absolute must for anyone in the kitchen. Line your baking pans for cookies or a one-pan oven roast with the easy to clean tool. It’ll prevent pans from showing wear and stains faster, and you don’t have to worry about scraping your food off the pan when oil or cooking spray fail you.
4 – Measuring cups and spoons
Yes, you can wing your measurements when you cook. And if that’s your thing, you should still look into getting some measuring cups and spoons. If you don’t want to measure, use them as scoopers for oats, spices, rice, anything you’d have to use a regular cup or spoon for. And if you’re a seasoned baker, you know how important it can be for measurements to be exact, so these little tools make it easier to measure your dry ingredients and your liquids in the same batch.
5 – Drinking Glasses
I remember living in my apartment with just plastic cups for drinking. And that was fine, it was getting the job done. However, things changed when someone gifted me a nice set of drinking glasses. There is something about having an actual glass that makes it feel like your home is a little more sophisticated. If you want a nice adult drink at the end of the day, it feels childish to pour it into a bright yellow plastic cup. Investing in some nice (or cheap) glasses makes all the difference.