How well stocked is your kitchen? There's nothing more frustrating than getting half way through a recipe and realizing you don't have the tools/equipment to finish the recipe. To prevent future voids, we've assembled a list of must-have kitchen equipment. I realize you may not be able to afford everything on the list, however keep this list in mind when people ask you what you gifts you need for those “special” occasions (yes, I love getting kitchen items on my “special” occasions).
Pots and Pans
Your food spends a lot of time here, so quality cookware is essential. Look for heavy stainless steel, anodized aluminum or enamel-coated cast iron models that allow even heat distribution and prevent burning. Popular brands include Calphalon®,All-Clad®, Cuisinart®, Farberware® and Le Creuset®. Here are the essentials:
Keep essential utensils close at hand. A cylindrical utensil holder or small porcelain pitcher can house frequently used spatulas, spoons and more on the countertop. The drawer and cabinet nearest the stove are other prime locations for these items:
We're going to assume that you have a plate to eat on. Here are a few other items that come in extra handy during food preparation:
It's a shame that knives have been labeled "unlucky" wedding gifts. Good knives are gold in the kitchen. Look for high-carbon steel and a handle that fits nicely in your hand. Popular brands include Henckels®, Wusthof® and Chicago Cutlery®. A variety of knife storage options are available, from in-drawer trays to counter blocks and magnetic wall-holders. Here are the basics:
These toys and tools require a plug, so make room by the receptacles.
You probably have the brownie pan ready to go. To be prepared for every birthday and holiday, make sure you have the following on hand: