Kitchen Essentials


Here are two lists for you  ^-^

The first is kitchen stuff I’ve become pretty dependant on whilst cooking.  I would say tho, my best advice would be to make yer kitchen appealing and comfortable for you.  Collecting things you like, either for function or aesthetics, will motivate you to put your kitchen to good use.

  • Santoku knife! I love this knife and use it when making pretty much everything.  Its curved blade edge makes it perfect for chopping. Knifes can be pretty expensive but you can surely find a reasonable one. I got mine for $15 bucks.
  • Whisk. You can totally use a fork for most things but whisking is just better. Easier to hold. Makes a cool sound in a bowl…
  • Tongs. How did I ever manage without these… They make everything so much easier.
  • Wooden spoon. Doesn’t get too hot. Be careful to avoid raw meats tho.
  • Griddle. I got a cast iron stove top griddle as a gift last year and I love it. Mine has 2 sides, one flat and one with thick raised grill lines. I use this for veggies, fish, steak, eggs, pancakes. Pretty much anything.
  • Blender. You can make the best salad dressing in your blender. Not to mention yummy smoodies, and tasty frozen drinks.
  • Deep rounded frying pan. This pan has cooked so many things for me. Bacon, omelets, stir fry, noodles, soup, lentils, burrito filling, burgers.. totally a super pan.
  • Hand mixer. Best for baking and beating eggs.

This second list is stuff I try to always have on hand. Grocery shopping can be super expensive, and if you need to buy everything at once to make one meal it can really add up.  So I try to pick up one or 2 of these things every time I go shopping so its never too crazy.

Spices  *These prices add up fast, but if you accumulate them one at a time, its easy.

  • Cinnamon
  • Onion powder
  • Dried mint
  • Lemon pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Red pepper, crushed
  • Cayanne pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Bay leaves
  • Ginger

Oils

  • Extra virgin olive, dressings, frying, cooking
  • Sesame, seasoning
  • Vegetable, frying

Vinegars

  • Balsamic, for dressings and reductions, and dipping pizza into :p
  • Red wine, for cooking.
  • Organic unfiltered apple cider, for detox and cooking.
  • White, for poaching eggs.

Dairy

  • Yogurt, for snacking and smoodies.
  • Butter or subs
  • Other than that I buy dairy when I need it because the shelf life isn’t too long.

Carbs

  • Packets of precooked rice, I hate cooking rice and these are so easy.
  • Couscous
  • Lentils
  • English muffins, I freeze these so I always have them for breakfast, snacks, burgers, whatever.
  • Flour, should be kept in a jar. Keeps longer, looks better.

Bottled stuff

  • V8
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire
  • Green pitted olives
  • Pepperoncini
  • Pickels, cold deli 
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic, chopped
  • Capers

Canned stuff

  • Tomatoes, chopped/diced
  • Chicken broth

Produce

  • Spinach, I add this to anything I can and it turns left over chicken into a nice salad the next day. **I keep a paper towel in my spinach bag/box. It keeps longer that way.
  • Baby carrots
  • Most other produce I buy when I need it, to avoid waste. And to have fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs.

Meat

  • Turkey, deli
  • Chicken breast
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