Let’s face it: while I can clean, design, decorate and even handle some major DIY projects my partner doesn’t even allow me to use his good knives or wash our cast-iron pans. When it comes to the kitchen, Kris is an absolute genius. I stole this post from his food blog, 500 Tasty Sandwiches; I think it’s very helpful to know the essential equipment for the kitchen. Just moving out on your own? Or transitioning from that tiny NYC kitchen to a large suburban kitchen? Read this and thank me later! You can also check out Kris’ post on The Starter Kitchen: Equipment, for more detailed information.

Cutlery (Yes, you only need three knives!)

Pots & Pans*

  • 4-quart sauce pan with cover
  • 10-inch nonstick frying pan
  • Cast iron skillet
  • Roasting pan


  • Can opener
  • Mortar and pestle
  • French press
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Wine key


  • Kitchen Tongs
  • Ladle
  • Silicone spatula
  • Spider (wire skimmer)
  • Whisk
  • Wooden spoon


  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking soda
  • Kitchen string
  • Parchment paper
  • White vinegar


  • Colander
  • Cutting board (Epicurean)
  • Kettle
  • 1-quart Pyrex measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Salad spinner
  • Vintage set of nesting mixing bowls
  • The Joy of Cooking

*Workhorse cookware from a restaurant supply store, not expensive showpieces (e.g., All-Clad from Williams-Sonoma or Sur La Table)

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