Basic Kitchen Equipment List
Here is my list of basic kitchen cooking equipment. Setting up a kitchen for the first time can be daunting. If money is no object, buy the best you can afford. The only
exception is the rice cooker itself. The more expensive ones have huge exteriors, small pans and look like gigantic thermoses. The cheaper ones are great as long as they have non-stick pans.
I priced these items at a local store. I think the prices are about average. You might pay less if you shop at a “dollar” store. You can pay much more if you
shop at a specialty kitchen store. If you really want to stretch a dollar, try thrift stores and yard sales for good, used kitchenware.
For a temporary home (dorm, short term apartment) you may want to consider economizing and making do with only the absolute essentials. If you buy most of the utensils in
the mid quality range, you won’t go wrong. Some really cheap utensils work just fine, others are horrible. I’ve indicated which ones you can economize on.
You’ll enjoy cooking more if you eventually acquire all of the items on the list. After a while, you will discover what you really use. As you gain experience, you
can buy higher quality kitchen utensils.