Kitchen essentials, a list

Cooking, Food 16 Comments

I recently told a friend of mine that I would put together a list of what I believe are the essential bits of kitchen gear you need to be able to cook at home regularly, reliably, and enjoyably. Sure you can get by with a sharp stick, a pot and a bit of fire, but that’s just going to be frustrating and annoying in the long run.

The list totals out to around $2200 which seems like a lot, but it includes a lot of decent quality gear you’ll only ever have to buy once. Most of it is spent on cookware (pots and pans) because good cookware really does make a huge difference in the end. Oh, and knives. High quality razor sharp knives are your friend. They’re not cheap, but you only need two anyhow. This isn’t everything you will ever need ever, just most of it. Pick up other bits and pieces when you need them.

Ok, here’s the list. Feel free to leave comments if you think I’ve included something silly or forgotten something essential. I will amend the list if need be…

Knives and knife-related items ($185)

Cookware ($935)

Bakeware ($203)
Do not get non-stick bakeware except for muffin tins and pizza pans. You will just end up scratching the crap out of it and wasting your money. Never cut pizzas on the pizza pans — slide them off on to a cutting board first.

Electric gadgets ($157)

Tools and fiddly bits ($610)


  • Baking paper
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tin foil
  • Ziploc freezer bags (lg, and md size)

Essential references ($79)

Things not to get

  • Silicon oven mitts – they’re terrible. Get regular cloth mitts.
  • Almost anything “single purpose”. For example: garlic press, grapefruit knife, cherry pitter, citrus zester, nutmeg grater, cheese plane, melon baller, corn stripper, etc. Notable exceptions: citrus juicer, pizza wheel.

Gettin’ Crap Done

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toothpaste for dinner

Apparently I have an accent. And yes, I call them “pop”.

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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North

You may think you speak “Standard English straight out of the dictionary” but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like “Are you from Wisconsin?” or “Are you from Chicago?” Chances are you call carbonated drinks “pop.”

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What American accent do you have?
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Ok, I wasn’t going to do this because my wordle is kinda weird and boring. I mean “time” is my most used word? Really? Anyhoo…click it to see a big version…


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