A Minimalist’s Guide to Stocking a New Kitchen
When you’ve devoted energy into designing and building your ideal kitchen, the next best thing is enjoy it. Whether that means cooking delectable weeknight meals or entertaining loved ones on the weekend, the kitchen is the perfect location.
So that you can make the most of your new kitchen, it’s best to be well-stocked from the very start with a collection of tools, implements and appliances that will make any cooking adventure a breeze. Here are our must-have items for any kitchen. Follow this list and you’ll create a perfect hub for cooking and entertaining.
The tools you use to cook can determine the final result of the food, and how much enjoyment you get out of the process. Stocking the right tools in your kitchen arsenal means you’ll be prepared for any situation
- A range of chopping boards so you can prepare large meals without running the risk of cross-contamination.
- Sharp knives in a few different sizes: a paring knife, a large chef’s knife, a serrated knife and a sharpening steel are good starting points, but you can also invest in other blades for more specific tasks.
- Pots and pans: aluminium and stainless steel are great all-rounders, while cast iron provides excellent heat conduction. If you have an induction cooktop, you’ll need cookware with purpose-designed bases that pair with the heat source.
It’s a common belief that we eat first and foremost with our eyes – the more attractive the food, the more we can’t wait to dive right in.
The ideal servingware in any kitchen is that which does any food justice and makes it look beautiful. More than being a vessel to transport food from bench to table, the right servingware is the perfect backdrop to your kitchen creations and brings out colours and textures.
Choose your servingware according to the theme of your design. Stock a selection of servingware in different colours; white is traditional, or you could go for a beige or grey if you want lighter colour foods to pop.
Think about the kind of cooking you do, and choose specialty items to match. There’s no point purchasing a range of items that you’re never going to use, simply because you don’t have the time, energy or ability.
If you like creating things from scratch, items like pasta and bread makers, food processors and blenders will give you the starting point you need.
If you’re time-poor and want to cook nutritious meals without investing hours in the kitchen, a pressure cooker, instant pot or slow cooker could be your best friend. With these appliances, you can throw ingredients in when you wake up, and have the cooker create you a perfect meal throughout the day – ready for dinner.
Ultimately, the things you choose for your new kitchen come down to your tastes and cooking style. The first part was designing your dream kitchen; now you get to fill it with tools that will make cooking fun and efficient.