When you are just starting out, having the right tools and equipment in your apartment's kitchen are essential. As you gain experience cooking and enjoying your kitchen you will learn what tools work best for you.
There are some experts who believe that there are 5 essentials that you just can’t be without. Do your research to look for good prices on these items. We would recommend that you look for a high-quality product at the best price you can afford for these items. You will be happy with the performance of the items if they are of good quality.
You will have to slice, chop or dice something at some point in your kitchen. The two most important knives to have will be a chef’s knife and a paring knife. A good knife will feel balanced and comfortable when you hold it. These two knives will work well if you are cutting fruit, herbs, meat or veggies. Keep your knives sharpened for good results.
Second: Cutting Board
Most experts recommend that you have a dedicated cutting board for meats and another for fruits and veggies. Although this is ideal, you can get away with just one cutting board if funds are tight. The key to remember is that you must wash the board properly between uses. This will avoid cross contamination. We recommend a wooden cutting board. It is easier on your knives and it is not too costly. Remember to replace a wood board if it develops cracks or the seams come apart.
Third: Essential Kitchen Tools
If you go to the kitchen gadget section of a housewares store you will see literally hundreds of tools. Don’t be overwhelmed. There are just a few that you really need to get started with. At the very least you should have a hand-operated can opener, a pair of tongs, a vegetable peeler and a colander. These will make it easy to prepare meals in your apartment’s kitchen.
Fourth: Mixing Bowls
Almost everything you make will require a bowl of some sort. Yes, you will prepare food, but bowls are great for serving food. If you decide to invest in ones with lids, then they also can serve as storage too. Bonus for those on a budget. Look for durable bowls that can handle large and small recipes. Often times you will find that they are sold in nested groups.
Fifth: Measuring Cups
Recipes work much better if you measure the ingredients precisely. Did you know that wet and dry ingredients have measuring cups that are specific to their unique qualities? You might think of adding measuring spoons to your measuring arsenal as well.