90 Kitchen Basic Essentials For a New Home

Kitchen Essentials Moving into a first apartment or buying a house for the first time is an exciting time, and along with the excitement of signing that lease or mortgage contract, comes the moment where you’ve got to come up with a basic list of things you’ll need to supply the kitchen for cooking and preparing meals.

Whether it’s a college graduate moving into their first apartment, house or condo, or maybe it’s a young couple who are purchasing their very first house together, having a complete list of what things you’ll need for a fully functioning kitchen is often at the top of the to-do list.

If someone asked you what basic, yet essential, kitchen items they would need to buy for their new kitchen, how many of the basic needs could you come up with quickly? I was asked that very question recently and fortunately didn’t have any trouble coming up with quite a comprehensive list of what I believe to be must-have essential items for a fully stocked kitchen.

It’s a very frustrating moment to be preparing a meal or special dish in a new kitchen and suddenly discover you don’t yet have one of the very basic items needed for a stocked kitchen. Let’s see if you can think of any kitchen basics I may have missed.

While some of these listed essentials can be purchased at a “dollar store” or thrift store, it’s important to keep in mind not only what your budget is for supplying a new kitchen, but also remember that quality kitchen items may cost a little more initially but will last a lot longer than the cheap stuff, thereby saving you money in the long run.

90 Basic Kitchen Essentials for a New House or Apartment

  • Dinnerware – Plates, bowls, salad/dessert plates
  • Silverware – forks, spoons, knives, soup spoons
  • Drinking glasses
  • Cups or Mugs
  • Wine glasses
  • Kitchen knives set (kitchen scissors, bread knife, paring knife, etc)
  • Steak knives
  • Knife sharpener
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Food processor
  • Storage containers – Plastic or Glass Storage
  • Bakeware – Casserole dishes with lids
  • Cooling racks or trivets
  • Pots and pans set with lids – (10 qt. stock pot; 8 qt stock pot; 5 qt. dutch oven; 2 qt. saucepan; 1 qt. saucepan)
  • 2 or more skillets, in different sizes
  • Salt and Pepper Shakers
  • Cookie sheets
  • Cake pans
  • Muffin tin
  • Pizza pan
  • Bread pan
  • Loaf pans
  • Pie plates
  • Pyrex cookware with lids
  • Covered casserole dishes
  • Mixing bowls
  • Mixer – hand-held or stand alone mixer
  • Serving dishes – platters, bowls, trays, etc
  • Can opener
  • Coffee maker
  • Pitchers (2 or 3 quart size)
  • Cooking/serving utensils (slotted spoons, stirring spoons, soup ladle, wooden spoons, spatulas, etc)
  • Tongs (large and small)
  • Pasta fork
  • Measuring cups for dry and liquids (glass or plastic)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Whisks
  • Salad tongs
  • Pizza cutter
  • Plastic spatulas for scraping bowls while mixing
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Potato masher
  • Pot holders and oven mitts
  • Can opener
  • Canisters for counter storage (porcelain canister set perhaps?)
  • Cutting boards – (plastic, wood, etc)
  • Fruit/Vegetable peeler
  • Meat thermometer
  • Garlic mincer
  • Baster
  • Pastry brush
  • Colander
  • Funnel
  • Box cheese grater
  • Corkscrew
  • Cheese slicer/cutter
  • Salad bowl set or salad spinner
  • Dish cloths and towels
  • Napkins – (cloth napkins, paper napkins/paper towels)
  • Oven timer
  • Roasting pan
  • Fine mesh strainer or sifter
  • Bottle opener
  • Tea kettle
  • Spoon rest
  • Meat tenderizer/pounder
  • Steamer (steaming vegetables, rice, etc)
  • Rolling pin
  • Crock pot
  • Ice cube trays
  • Garbage/trash container
  • Trash bags
  • Sponges, scouring pads
  • Plastic wrap, aluminum foil
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Dishwasher soap
  • Rubber gloves
  • Zip loc bags (quart, pint, sandwich sizes)
  • Coffee
  • Tea bags
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Cooking oil
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Spices/seasonings – (garlic, oregano, salt and pepper, etc)
  • Toothpick dispenser and toothpicks
  • Cake/pie slicer/server
  • Kitchen clock
  • Paper towel holder, if using paper towels

Kitchen Basics When I first began coming up with this list of what I believe to be essentials for a new kitchen, in response to the question asked of me, I thought I might come up with about 40 or 50 items for her list. But I was a roll, and easily added many more kitchen tools and “gadgets” for cooking meals that are great for a brand new cook or a more experienced cook.

Sure, I could have added things like a toaster oven or a George Foreman grill for grilling in the kitchen, but I had to stop somewhere, and the young lady’s eyes were nervously growing quite large seeing the list grow and grow. It makes me remember with fond memories the time years ago when hope chests were the norm.

Also keep in mind that guests who are planning to come to your housewarming party (assuming a housewarming party is planned) will surely want to give you a gift of something you actually need and want, rather than gifting you a house plant or something else you have no interest in. So, not all of the kitchen basics are necessarily things you yourself have to buy for your new kitchen.

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