I can’t cook to save my life. The most I ever made when I lived at home were eggs, noodles, and grill cheese. So when it came time to move out on my own and actually stock up a kitchen I was going to have to cook in, I didn’t even know where to start.
And it was scary! The fact that I was going to have to learn how to cook AND stock up an entire kitchen was kind of nerve racking.
The best place to start making a first kitchen essentials list? Your own kitchen! See what your mom, dad, or anyone else grabs on a regular basis. Look through all the cupboards and drawers and take pictures of the items you see and start making a kitchen essentials list.
The last thing you want to do is go to cook a dish only to realize you don’t have the utensils you need. And that late night trip to the grocery store is definitely not fun.
So I put together a list of the essential items to have in your first kitchen so you don’t end up missing something important.
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First Kitchen Essentials
I bought 2 boxes of a 20 piece silverware set and my boyfriend and I STILL run out of forks before the end of the week. I would definitely recommend getting at least 2 boxes unless you’re going to be doing dishes every day. 20 Piece Silverware Set
Plastic Cups/ Plates
Whenever I want a quick meal to sit on the couch and watch Netflix with I’d rather have a plastic plate or bowl rather than balance a glass one. I love this tupperware plate set because it’s great quality and is both microwave and dishwasher safe.
Tupperware Plate Set
Glass Cups/ Plates
Since you are technically an adult now, it’s probably a good idea to have some nice dishes when you’re eating at the table or when guests come over. Get a simple set to start with and upgrade later in the future.
Non-Stick Pots And Pans
Spatulas, ladles, slotted spoon, can opener, tongs, whisk, anything you’ve seen your parents use on a regular basis, make sure you have them on hand. It doesn’t hurt to get doubles of some things like spatulas when you’re cooking more than one thing at once.
The first week my boyfriend and I moved in together we decided to cook fries and chicken strips only to realize we didn’t have a baking sheet. Have one on hand for quick meals, or baked chicken and veggies.
Oven Mitts/ Pot Holders
You will be the maddest person in the world when you go to take your food out of the oven only to realize you don’t have an oven mitt. Pot holders come in handy too if you have a hot dish to set on the table.
Other than the occasional glass of wine, water is what I drink all day every day. A water filter is great because you can fill it up and keep it in the fridge so you always have a cold glass of fresh water ready for ya. And you can fill up your reusable water bottle to avoid buying disposable ones.
Now I actually haven’t officially used mine yet in the two months we’ve lived in our apartment but you better believe I’ve got 100’s of Pinterest meal ideas ready for when I do.
Glass Baking Dish Set
I know most apartments come with a microwave but don’t forget about the toaster!
2 Slice Toaster
Enjoy Your Freedom!
You’re finally out on your own and although it can definitely be stressful at times, enjoy your new found freedom! Grab your first kitchen essentials, organize your kitchen the way you like, and get cooking!
I have some healthy meal ideas to get you started on my Pinterest board if you need any help.