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Tools for Beginners

Buying items in sets for cookware, measuring tools, mixing bowls, and utensils is less expensive and great for newbies. Some kitchens have great storage space and others not so much, so try to find ways to organize items from floor to ceiling. Also, this may seem a bit odd, but consider asking your friends and family if they have anything in their kitchens they don't use. You'd be surprised at how many wedding and birthday gifts hang out with hungry spiders in back of dark and lonely cupboards. While contributing to our cooking adventures, I've found that people are happy to off-load extra stuff they've never used. But again, start with whatever you already have and then build from there. 

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go...

they merely determine where you start.”

- Nido Qubein, Lebanese-born Business Leader + Motivational Speaker

  • baking (casserole) dishes - 8 x 8, 9 x 13, loaf pan (Pyrex or non-stick)

  • ball jars with lids - quarts and pints

  • blender bullet (for smoothies + dressings)

  • bottle opener

  • box grater (also with zester side for citrus fruit or get a separate zester)

  • can opener, manual

  • colander (plastic is easier to clean)

  • containers for storage - various sizes (glass with plastic lids are great, but any containers work and sets are less expensive)

  • cookware set - small sauce pan, larger sauce pan, small fry pan, larger fry pan, larger soup pot, lids for all (fry pan is also called a skillet)

  • food processor (8 to 12 cup)

  • instant pot (or any kind of multi-cooker - I use Instant Pot Duo)

  • juicer, manual (for juicing citrus fruit - there are many different kinds)

  • kitchen shears (any kind of heavy-duty scissors) 

  • knife sharpener

  • measuring sets (1 cup; 1/2 cup; 1/3 cup; 1/4 cup; 1 tablespoon; 1/2 tablespoon, 1 teaspoon; 1/2 teaspoon)

  • mixing bowls set (small, medium, large)

  • muffin pan

  • oven mitts or pot holders (3)

  • paring knife (4-inch)

  • paper, parchment (+ foil, plastic storage bags, etc)

  • peeler

  • potato masher

  • sheet pans (2), non-stick

  • six-inch chef knife 

  • steamer (metal or plastic piece that inserts into a pot)

  • tea towels (aka kitchen towels)

  • toaster oven 

  • utensils, wood or rubber (sets are good, too) - 2 wooden stirring spoons, slotted spoon, spatula, ladle, whisk, tongs with rubber tips, rubber spatula (one small and one large - make sure they're flexible)

  • utensils holder

  • wooden cutting board (plastic is cool)

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