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When I first moved out, my kitchen pretty much was the place to make a morning smoothie, heat up some take-out and mix up some cocktails for ‘pre’s’. Ahh the memories…So when it came time to actually cook a meal that was with real ingredients, and from scratch, it was a solid fumble around the kitchen hoping that I had the right things at hand to bring the meal to life – especially since I had my cravings, the ingredients laid out and I was in the mood to get cooking. I actually only had two fall-back recipes that I knew I could cook and eat safely without inflicting some sort of self food poising. I’m not kidding; wait to you hear about my cooking back ground here, it’s actually pretty shocking..ly funny!

Knowing what you need per room to make your life easier is actually a pretty hard feat. Especially when you’re moving out for the first time. We’re so used to having things available in our kitchens growing up, that we never really think about what we need because it’s always been thought of for us. Once I moved out of home and started cooking for my self I became stuck on more than one occasion in the kitchen; going to peel vegetables, or mash potatoes thinking “yeah, I’ve got what I need” only to go and grab it out of the kitchen draw and realise that what I need to complete (or start) the meal is actually at my parents house and belongs to them, not me.

So, to make sure you don’t get caught the same way I have, here is a kitchen set up check-list for you! Take from it what you will, and if you’ve got a small space with little storage, then a saucepan in every size is clearly not a practical option for you; however, do think about what you enjoy cooking the most and for how many people, and you’ll be sure to get the right sizes where required. The list is broken down into Basics, Next Additions, Nice To Haves & of course, The End Game.

THE SET-UP

BASICS – Starting From Scratch. You’ve just moved out and need to get by…

  • Cookware:
    • Saucepans: 16cm, 18cm, 20cm (whichever size you think works for you best)
    • Frying pan: small, medium, large (whichever size you think works for you best)
  • Preparation:
    • Kitchen scissors
    • Chopping board
    • Colander
    • Measuring jug
    • Utensils: wooden spoons, tongs, egg flip, grater, peeler, can opener
    • Ice cube trays
  • Cutlery & Crockery:
    • Knives, Forks, Spoons, Tea-spoons
    • Tea/Coffee Mugs
    • Water Glasses (of course, also your wine, champagne, beer & scotch glasses!)
    • Plates (large)
    • Bowls
  • Cooking Knives:
    • One versatile knife that you can use for all meal preparation
  • Appliances:
    • Toaster
    • Kettle
    • Microwave
  • Other:
    • Tea Towel
    • Oven Mits
    • Storage Containers: multiple sizes for left overs and lunches throughout the week (these are also handy to use for your meal prep too!).

NEXT ADDITIONS – You’re all set up and ready to add to your collection – Yay!

  • Blender
  • Serving spoons (think for when you have guests over – serving for salads etc.)
  • Add to your crockery; more of each item, different sizes (e.g. serving plates, big knife & small knife etc.)
  • 5 piece measuring spoons
  • 5 piece measuring cups
  • Baking tray (flat)
  • Baking dish
  • Wok (if you love a stir-fry!)
  • Steamer or saucepan-steamer
  • Casserole pan: 24cms
  • Bread knife
  • Bottle opener
  • Masher
  • Pegs (sounds random, but go with me…to seal bags of opened ingredients etc.)
  • Storage Jars: For all of your kitchen ingredients such as flour, rice, pasta

NICE TO HAVES – Your skills are getting better, as is your cooking repertoire…

  • Ladle
  • Whisk
  • Pizza cutter
  • Spoon (large cooking spoon)
  • Slotted turner
  • Garlic press
  • Kitchen scales
  • Cheese knives (soft, hard, spreader)
  • Marble or wooden chopping boards
  • BBQ (plus BBQ tongs & flip/scraper)
  • Table place mats
  • Napkins
  • Sandwich Press
  • Lettuce Spinner/Dryer

THE END GAME – If the kitchen is now your favourite room, you need these in your life.

  • Thermomix
  • Coffee machine
  • Full knife block set
  • Pizza stone
  • 6-8 piece champagne glasses
  • 6-8 piece wine glasses (red wine, white wine)
  • Crystal Scotch glasses
  • Scotch & Wine Decanters
  • Soda Stream
  • Slow Cooker
Now we’re all set up and ready to go – *high-five* – be sure to keep an eye out for the upcoming How To (Adult): Cook series.  I can’t wait to share my kitchen mishaps and wins with you, along with some pretty great recipes to impress both yourself, and your company!

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