I am a college student and after this summer I will be cooking for myself for the first time. There are lots of kitchen tools and sets but I don't have the space or money to buy everything I need. What are the most important things for me to buy?
This one looks nice and probably is a good starting place but I think I will need more stuff for baking and cooking as well.
This would be great for starters.
These are very nice measuring cup. They don't take up much space.
These are nice to have for mixing and storage for leftovers.
You will need these to cut up food.
You will need a chopping board.
This has just about everything you will need to get started it even has a pizza cutter and can opener.
@pmurphey I hope this will help you get started. Good luck
A small convection oven would be ideal. You can cook so many things in it for 1-4 people. It can be used as a toaster oven, a regular oven, a broiler And best of all, it doesn't take up too much space.
@pmurphey this is a rice cooker and a steamer cooker I have cooked roasts chicken and soups in this
I'm cooking chicken in ours right now!
I think that you could find the basics items at a dollar shop like 99 cents or dollar tree. For other things like glass or pan, plates , they have a lot of good things at ikea. Also check the clearance part at Homegoods stores.
Spatula, pans, knives, and can opener are the most useful items. Buy only things that you will use and things less important or less used , buy them at the dollar shop to spare money. ..
You will definitely need one of these. You can cook almost anything on it and they make them in various sizes so that you can find the right size for you that won't take up much counter space. I can't live without mine, I use it several times a week!
Lots of great ideas and insight of items you will be needing. In college I pretty much just had the basic a couple pot and pans, a set of cheap knives, some silverware, and only a few dishes. One thing that I wish that I had was a garlic press!! I love using fresh garlic when cooking so this tool is super handy and relatively inexpensive dependning on the brand and quality you go with. I have the pampered chef one and it is a bit pricey but i love it. I also showed you a cheaper one!
1. A good set of kitchen knives. Don't skimp, they'll last forever, if you take care of them.
Pricey, but these are my faves.
(I also wrote an article about knives.)
2. 1 good cast iron pan. You can do just about anything with one. No need for a non-stick pan, a baking pan, or a roasting pan. you can do it all in cast iron.
You can spend $$ on an expensive one, but also cheaper ones aren't bad. Cheaper ones are heavier because they're made buy machines. Expensive ones are hand-made and lighter, and will last A LOT longer.
Learn how to season a pan if you get one. Also - get a pot-holder or two.
I am not sure how much space you have but you may want a crock pot for some easy meals! You can get some very small ones for great prices.
Will you have a full kitchen?
I know it's a bit of a splurge but this multi-sectional pan is awesome. You can cook up to five different foods at the same time. If you don't have a full size stovetop to work with, this would be ideal.
Here is a list of basics .....If your just starting to cook for yourself make sure you pick up a basic pot n pan set, maybe a baking set ( although i lived without one for awhile ... just make sure your pots n pans are oven safe ! ) and there is a set of kitchen stuff for not a bad price that comes with all kinds of gadgets that will come in handy ... the all you need to worry about is dishes and silverware and a few glasses for drinks ..... you can add in things here n there as you get more established and settled and upgrade to better stuff after you get some practice in ( don't spend alot on your first set of pans and when you burn something black and its gotta be tossed you won't feel as awful lol )
Make sure to get a can opener!! :) Best of luck to you
a microwave or toaster oven is essential. I love my microwave, but with a toaster oven you can bake unlike with a microwave and they don't take up that much space. Measuring spoons, spatulas, a cutting board, there are actually quite a few things, but if space is an issue, then it's best to decide what types of foods you'll be cooking and how you will be cooking them, that way you can decide what you need. And if you drink coffee, I'd recommend a Keurig.
Honestly i would try the dollar tree, then amazon then wal-mart. And compare the 3 before making your choice. I know how hard it is to be on a budget. Yes still needing every day things that you will use.
George foreman grill-- we love ours! oven safe pots and pans, pizza pan, silicone spoonulas, oven mitts, Keurig personal, nonstick cooking vessels, silpats, lock n lock for storage
These are a must have to use
Here is a great affordable start up set at a great price