In our home, the kitchen is the “heartbeat” of our home. It is the room in the house that is used and loved the most. We cook healthy meals for our family, enjoy trying new and old recipes and of course you always have to try! This is the main reason why knowing how to Schneidebrett mit Gravur personalisieren set up a work kitchen is important. If you want to save time and money, the right tools are essential.
As you know, furnishing your first kitchen is exciting. There are literally hundreds, even thousands, of very exciting and tempting baking and cooking utensils, pots and pans, not to mention all the frilly ones out there
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You think you need to set up your first kitchen. Whether you've opened your first cookbook or watched your first cooking show, you've probably seen all the beautiful dozens of utensils, dishes, pots and pans and frills they use. Yes, all of these branded products look great on TV, but let's get real ~~ Your budget is probably telling you otherwise. After all, this is your first kitchen. Don't get me wrong if you can afford to buy these expensive items, but more often than not the "fake and/or used" items are just as good if not better. I prefer vintage items found at flea markets and/or resale stores. These vintage kitchen items are truly wonderful treasures because they are made much more robustly than today's "fashion" classics and most items I have found are in mint condition for a third of the price!
So as you set up your new "user friendly kitchen" remember that you really don't need these fancy gadgets! But what you need to prepare fun, easy, and delicious meals are a few simple kitchen staples and staples!
So here's what you need to know in Kitchen 101!
Basic cutlery and crockery
For me, this is the most important and first step to take care of when furnishing your kitchen. Of course, I'm assuming you've bought all your needed appliances: fridge, stove, sink, dishwasher (no need), etc. After all the appliances have been bought, the next step is to choose your basic cutlery and crockery, ie, cutlery, Plates, bowls, ramekins, glassware, tea and coffee cups. After all, you have to eat, and you have to have something to eat and eat.
You might be overwhelmed at first when choosing your cutlery and crockery patterns as there are literally thousands of patterns to choose from. You can either go to your local department store and/or kitchen store to purchase these items, or you can choose what I did. I didn't want the same mundane pattern for each member of my family. So we ate off Dixie plates (paper plates) for the first few days and that gave me time to look at my local unique antique stores, thrift stores, thrift stores, flea markets, flea markets, and estate sales area. So that's exactly what I did. I was very surprised to find at my local antique shop that the collection of unique vintage and mint condition plates, bowls, glassware, mugs and teaware, and even ramekins ranged in price from $0.50 to $2.00 each. For me this was perfect for our needs and it was also possible to find some very unique patterns that best suited each of our personalities. And what a beautiful table it makes. I was also able to find almost brand new Oneida cutlery at a discount sale which was also reasonably priced. I saved myself a ton of money and had a blast selecting each unique plate and cutlery! I have to say, my family was also happy about their "own" plate.
Pots and pans
The next core set for any great work kitchen are: pots and pans! I know what you're thinking...a lot of money is being spent on these items. Well I'm here to tell you after over 17 years of being a homemaker and rummaging through many different pots and pans that my latest purchases are here to stay! Cast iron cottage! After tossing dollar after dollar into the "nonstick" pots and pans, I say, "Keep them" and how they wear down in your food. Do you really want non-stick coated eggs with black speckles in them? After all, who even knows what this coating is actually made of? So yeah, for me it's cast iron for the rest of my life. I made my first purchase from Target no less for my Seasoned Lodge 15-1/4" diameter and 2-1/4" deep dual-handle pan and I'm telling you, I use it for literally everything from frying eggs to making homemade ones spaghetti sauce! What I love most is that whatever you cook in it makes every meal taste even more delicious! I've heard some of the world's greatest chefs and cooks swear by cast iron, and here I am! Best of all, caring for them is quick and easy, and they will literally last a lifetime. To me they are the best investment for the money. These are the pieces I would recommend purchasing first to get you started (you can always add more unique pieces if your budget allows).
They are as follows:
- 12" cast iron skillet (with lid)
- 15 to 18" cast iron skillet (with lid)
- 4 and 8 liter saucepans with lids (I would recommend stainless steel/cast iron)
- 6" or 8" cast iron skillet (great for gourmet omelettes, even small desserts)
- And of course a cast iron Dutch Oven, a frying pan and/or a soup pot (with a lid)
You will find that you will be very satisfied with these first investments and will even improve your cooking, so that you will enjoy the kitchen more in return!
Even if you're not a baker, you definitely need some pans that fit in the oven. So when you first restock your kitchen bakeware department, you'll want to start with a sheet (sometimes called a "jelly roll" and/or "cookie sheet"). Again, I would choose either cast iron or vintage aluminum. I am fortunate enough to have inherited my grandmother's aluminum and vintage bakeware. Once again, save yourself some money and stop by your favorite antique store, flea market, garage sale, and/or local thrift store.
I believe the first purchases you should make regarding bakeware should be:
- Jelly roll pan (usually measures 15" x 10" x 1" up to 18" x 13" x 1")
- Aluminum pizza pan (15 inch)
- 2 - 9" round cake pans
- 9" x 13" baking pan
- 9" x 5" loaf pan
- 9" pie pan
- 12 cup muffin tin
- refrigerated display case of metal; and
- 2 baking sheets
Believe me, not only will you be using your jelly roll pan and cookie sheet pans for cookies and pastries, they are also great for roasting vegetables and meat in the oven. Because of this, you should look for sturdy pans that are solid and don't bend easily. Also, Frühstücksbrett aus Akazienholz mit Gravur personalisieren sturdier pans distribute heat more evenly than lighter pans.
Glass or stainless steel baking pans with a side height of 5.1 cm or 7.6 cm are ideal for casseroles and lasagne. You can even bake brownies, bread and cakes in it.
A well-greased muffin pan makes a great bite-sized quiche. These are ideal for a kid's breakfast before school or on the way to work.
If your budget allows, you may want to add the following to your collection of bakeware:
- mini loaf pans;
- molded loaf pans;
- Fancy cake shapes (hearts, holiday shapes, flower shapes, etc.)
- Porcelain or ceramic casserole dishes;
- cookie cutters;
- A bread machine;
And many, many more baking gadgets!
Kitchen stores have many entire walls dedicated to just dozens of different types of cooking utensils. But as a new cook setting up her kitchen, I would buy a pot (even a ceramic planter makes a great utensil pot). Again, these can be purchased at garden centers, retail stores, flea markets, antique stores, and/or resale stores.
I would say the basic supplies you need to get started are:
- A good set of wooden (or bamboo) spoons;
- A wooden (or bamboo) spatula;
- A ladle (ideal for serving soups, stews, chili, spaghetti sauce, etc.);
- Stainless steel tongs (for frying bacon, turning meat, turning pasta while cooking and serving pasta, turning a salad, etc.);
Again, after much experience in the kitchen, I have found that wooden or bamboo utensils are simply the ultimate choice. They also work very well with cast iron. You can also buy wooden and/or bamboo spatulas. They are inexpensive and low maintenance as all you have to do is hand wash and dry well.
As your kitchen grows, here are a few other essentials to consider:
- Lasagna spatula (Pampered Chef has a great one);
- A pasta fork for separating pasta and preventing it from sticking;
- A slotted spoon;
- Small, medium and large wooden spatulas;
- Small and large stainless steel whisks;
- cake server;
- cake cutters and servers;
- Stainless steel pizza cutter
The only major appliance you need to prepare delicious and heartwarming meals is a stovetop oven, but many other electrical appliances will make cooking and baking a lot easier. A microwave is handy for reheating food and popping microwave popcorn, so I don't think that's really necessary and you can get around it with a stovetop oven.