New Homeowner’s Guide: Your Kitchen

If you are making that monumental step to owning your first home, congratulations! As you prepare, there are some essentials you’ll need for your kitchen that you might not have thought about, or currently own. Especially if you are moving from a space with roommates, you might not own all the tools needed in your dream kitchen, in your new dream home. Here is an easy New Homeowner’s Guide to your new Kitchen to get you started!

  1. Stock pot: A great big pot is a must have for your new kitchen. You’ll need this for all sorts of things, including boiling pasta, making stock and soups and handling big-batch dishes like chili. Look for a heavy stainless steel pot with a tight-fitting lid and stay-cool handles, in a 12-quart size or larger. This is a worthy splurge: A high-quality pot will prevent you from burning the bottom of that special batch of tomato sauce.
  2. Saucepan: A stainless steel saucepan is a kitchen essential, perfect for cooking smaller amounts of pasta as well as rice, beans and, yes, sauces. Look for a heavy, 4-quart stainless steel version with a lid and a stay-cool handle. A high-quality saucepan cooks more evenly and can last for decades if well cared for. Stainless steel is also what you want to purchase for a variety of reasons, including it being a safer alternative than any kind of pan with a coating.
  3. Wooden spoon: A wooden spoon (or two or three) is an indispensable kitchen tool. It’s useful for stirring, scraping, tasting and blending, and you don’t have to worry about the wood scratching any of your cookware. Note: Your sauce won’t be able to tell if you bought the spoon at a bargain outlet or high-end kitchen shop, so don’t worry too much about where you find your spoons! But do make sure you add them to your kitchen toolbox.
  4. Skillet: If you’re going to buy just one skillet, make it a 10-inch cast-iron skillet. This one is budget-friendly, oven-proof, essentially non-stick once it’s well seasoned, and it can literally last for generations. Cast iron is along the same vein as a stainless steel- safer than one with a ‘non-stick’ coating, and will last much longer.