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Kitchen Tips & Tricks

10 Kitchen Must Haves

Setting up a kitchen can be a lot of work and cause a lot of anxiety. You have to decided what do I need, what do I want and what do I already have. It can be totally overwhelming for someone who is just starting out. Below is my list of 10 kitchen must haves. These should help give you a starting place to figure out what to get. 

1.Scanpan CTX 14-piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set with Stratanium Nonstick Coating 
Having a full set of cookware makes a huge difference in your ability to cook most things. Yes, you can get by with one or two pans but sometimes you just need more to make a full meal. I have bought cookware at many different price points, but I still find myself loving the Scanpan sets the most. 
Shun Classic Blonde 8” Chef's Knife, Blonde PakkaWood Handle, Full Tang VG-MAX Blade (DM0706W)
2. Good Chef’s Knife
Most people think that buying a knife set is very important. However, you will find that the knife you use most is your chef’s knife. It is worth investing in a good one that will last you a long time. I find a comfortable size for me is an 8″ but some cooks want a 10″ knife. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable with the knife. 
Teal Blue Kitchen Utensils Set, E-far 15-Piece Silicone Cooking Utensils with Holder, Non-stick Cookware Friendly & Heat Resistant, Includes Ladle Spatula Spoon Slotted Turner for Cooking & Baking
3. Cooking Utensils
Cooking utensils are essential. You don’t need a ton but I do love choices and this set has it all. Nylon and silicone are your best options as you will be able to use them on all cookware. 
Pyrex Glass Measuring Cup Set (3-Piece, Microwave and Oven Safe), Clear
4. Liquid Measuring Cups
Some cooks use dry measuring cups for liquid ingredients. However, it is important to have separate liquid measuring cups to make sure you are getting accurate measurements for your liquid ingredients. 

Pyrex Easy Grab 4-Piece Glass Baking Dish Set with Lids, 3-Qt & 2-Qt Glass Bakeware Set, Non-Toxic, BPA-Free Lids, Tempered Glass Bakeware Set

5. Pyrex Glass Baking Dishes
I love these baking dishes. So great for brownies, oven fajitas, roast chicken and so much more.
Calphalon Nonstick Bakeware Set, 6-Pieces, 6-pc
6. Bakeware Set
Every home kitchen needs bakeware. A sheet pan can be used to make a cake, roasted veggies or even a sheet pan shrimp boil. Cake pans, muffin tins and loaf pans just add the ability to make so many things from your own kitchen. You can even make the ever so popular banana bread.
Wildone Measuring Cups & Spoons Set of 21 - Includes 7 Stainless Steel Nesting Measuring Cups, 8 Measuring Spoons, 1 Leveler & 5 Mini Measuring Spoons
7. Dry Measuring Cups & Spoons
As important as liquid measuring cups are dry measuring cups. This is a great set that includes some smaller measurements which can be a little bit harder to find. If I am cutting a recipe in half I always find I am looking for the 1/8 tsp. 
REGILLER Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls (Set of 5), Non Slip Colorful Silicone Bottom Nesting Storage Bowls, Polished Mirror Finish For Healthy Meal Mixing and Prepping 1.5-2 - 2.5-3.5 - 7QT (Colorful)
8. Mixing Bowls
We have all used a mixing bowl. A great versatile item that can be used to scramble eggs, mix batter, make pizza dough and so much more.
OXO Good Grips Chef's Precision Digital Instant Read Thermometer,Black
9. Meat Thermometer
Have you ever cooked chicken and wondered is it done? I started using a meat thermometer about ten years ago and anytime I am cooking in a kitchen without one I feel so lost. I like the proof of the temperature to ensure that the chicken or pork is cooked all the way. 
10. Pot Holders
A good set of pot holders are a must. No one wants to drop a towel while trying to get a hot pan out of the oven. I love these as the come up a little ways on the arm to give better protection.  

16 Nice to Haves

What do you have in your kitchen that you can’t live without? Let me know below!

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