Equipping a kitchen isn’t cheap. Whether you’re getting your own place or you just want to start cooking more seriously at home, finding what you need is a daunting experience. The key is to buy multi-purpose kitchen tools. Not only will it help you save money, but it will reduce the clutter. Regardless of your budget, there is a way to stock your new kitchen without spending more than $100.
You don’t need those fancy knife sets. To start cooking all you need is a basic chef’s knife — which will cost you less than $10. Sure, you could buy the professional-grade knife for $100, but save that for a splurge or ask for one as a gift — don’t break your budget on a single kitchen tool.
Get a Sauté Pan
Sauté pans are versatile in the kitchen. They can be used to pan-fry, make sauces, and of course, sauté. Pick a stainless steel variety and avoid any non-stick or Teflon finishes — these don’t last long. You’ll want a medium-size sauté pan so that you can use it for a variety of dishes. Getting one that is too small or too big will limit how often it can be used. You can get a quality sauté pan for about $20.
Stock Up on a Few Pots and Pans
You don’t need a big pot and pan set when you’re just starting out. A stockpot and a smaller pot to cook soups and sauces is all you need. Again, go with stainless steel varieties. They’re less expensive than non-stick and will last longer.You can get a stockpot and two to three small pans for about $20 to $30 if you shop around.
A cheese grater has a lot more to offer than just grating cheese. You can use it for potatoes, making wedges and even use it as a micro plane to zest fruits. Most cheese graters utilize all four sides with different sized graters — and they don’t even cost $8.
You can’t do much baking if you don’t have a cookie sheet. A general, non-stick cookie sheet set (that comes with two pans) costs about $5. You can use them for cookies, baking potatoes or even roasting vegetables. If you want toast, skip buying the toaster. Put slices of bread on a baking sheet and place it under the broiler. You’ll have toast in just a few minutes and you won’t spend a time on a toaster.
Most people need their morning coffee. Luckily, you can get avery basic coffeemaker for under $20. You really don’t need all the bells and whistles with your coffeemaker — such as a timer, different brew varieties, etc. If you absolutely need the best, save up and buy one later on, but for now, a basic coffeemaker will get you by.
You need at least two cutting boards — one for meat and one for everything else. Cutting boards, especially plastic ones, aren’t expensive. In fact, you can get two medium-sized cutting boards for about $5 to $10.