I’m actually in the process of stocking my entire kitchen. All I had in my NYC kitchen was a coffee maker, a waffle iron, one pan, one pot, and a spatula. I obviously got a lot of cooking done… Moving into an apartment with a real kitchen was thrilling! But we couldn’t do much without the right tools. Louisa from Living Lou
is sharing tips on what kitchen tools you should splurge or save on!
Splurge vs. Save: 10 Must Have Kitchen Tools
Guest Post by Louisa from Living Lou
With so many kitchen tools on the market, it can be difficult to decipher which ones are worth splurging on. I could spend all of my money on things for my kitchen, but when it comes down do it, over the years I’ve realized that there are really only a few necessities you need. And that omelet pan you think you really need, you don’t.
My first piece of advice is that if a gadget or appliance has only one purpose, it’s not worth it. With the tiny kitchens in most condos and apartments, space is non-existent, so keep those one-use tools off your counter. Here are 10 must have kitchen tools and when to splurge and when to save.
A non-stick pan is essential for quick-cooking stir-frys, omelets and frittatas, but it’s important to know that all non-stick pans have a short lifespan. The coating will eventually wear out and you will have to replace your pan, therefore, I recommend looking for a $25 model non-stick frying pan
2. Save: Vegetable peeler
A sharp vegetable peeler is key to making prep a breeze, however because the blade will eventually dull, I recommend saving and purchasing a cheaper peeler. I find Y-shaped peelers to be the easiest to use, and love the $2 ones available at Ikea
3. Splurge: Stainless steel pots and pans
There are only two pots you need in your kitchen, a large stockpot
(for making soups, stocks or feeding a crowd) and a small saucepan
for making smaller amounts of rice and pasta. I recommend splurging on your pots as they will be workhorses in your kitchen. Stainless steel is more expensive than aluminum but it is a good choice of material because it conducts heat well and is non-reactive (alkaline and acidic foods won’t react with it). KitchenAid and All-clad are two brands that make high quality pots.
4. Save: Measuring cups and spoons
Measuring cups and spoons are a must-have for baking and cooking. Stay away from the cutesy measuring utensils (though they do make a nice Instagram), I prefer stainless steel utensils
as I like the feel and weight, but plastic work just as well and are a little more budget-friendly.
5. Splurge: Chef’s Knife
I can’t live without a good quality, sharp knife. Not only is it much safer but it makes slicing, dicing and chopping much easier. Head to a store to buy your knives (never buy them online), it’s important to hold a knife and see how it feels. Some people prefer a heavier knife while others like a lighter one. Start with an 8-inch knife and go from there.
6. Save: Colander
While expensive colanders can look beautiful on the counter, all that matters is functionality. Useful for draining pasta and washing fruits and vegetables, a colander is a must-have if you do lots of cooking at home with fresh ingredients.
7. Save: Wooden spoons, plastic spatulas and tongs
8. Splurge: Instant-read thermometer
A standmixer is a serious kitchen splurge that requires quite a bit of saving up, but if you love baking, it’s worth it. Look for flash sales but I use my standmixer weekly and love having it displayed on my counter.
10. Splurge: large wooden cutting board
Cutting boards and surprisingly expensive, but I recommend saving up for a large wooden cutting board
. This is something you will be using everyday and you want a cutting board that will last for years to come.
Tell me, what are your must-have kitchen tools?