If you live in a dorm room throughout college, you don’t really need any kitchen equipment. Even if you had your own kitchen in your dorm, there was barely any storage space for a bunch of pots, pans, sheet trays and everything else. Well, now that you’ve graduated you need to stock up with the appropriate kitchen gadgets. Here are seven things every recent college grad should own.
*Disclaimer: pots, pans and skillets are not on that list because it’s a given. Well, at least I hope so.
1. Hand/stand mixer. Okay, for some reason I never had one of these in college. Hand mixers will make your life so much easier, especially when baking. In addition to a hand mixer, you should get a stand mixer. You can do tons of things with stand mixers, and not just mixing. Buy different attachments to roll out pasta dough, grind meat and more. Stand mixers are an investment, but you won’t regret having one!
2. Knives. These are an essential part to any functioning kitchen. I’m not talking steak knives (although you’ll need those, too) but sharp cutting knives. You should start by getting a chef’s knife for slicing and cutting meat, a paring knife for smaller cuts and a serrated knife for cutting bread and tomatoes. Good knives may cost a little bit of money but if you take care of them properly you’ll have them for years.
3. Toaster oven. A toaster oven will come in handy for those who live alone or enjoy plenty of leftovers. If you don’t feel like heating up the entire oven for a single slice of pizza, just turn on the toaster oven! Toaster ovens are also great for baking a small batch of cookies, broiling meat, etc. Plus, it’s a good place to keep your food warm if you aren’t able to eat right away.
4. Measuring cups/spoons. Unless you have some sort of special skill to correctly eyeballing ingredients, then you need measuring cups and spoons. If you use the wrong amount of spices, your dish just won’t taste right. Also, forget about baking if you don’t own these. It’s best to buy measuring cups for liquid and dry ingredients as well as measuring spoons.
5. Mixing bowls. You can’t really use your cereal or salad bowls to mix ingredients together because chances are they won’t be big enough. Look for mixing bowls made of stainless steel, glass, plastic or ceramic as these materials won’t warp and stain. It’s almost important to get a few bowls of different sizes and make sure they have high sides so all your ingredients don’t go flying out.
6. Baking dish. Invest in a glass baking dish. You’ll have it for years and it’s so versatile. Baking dishes can be used to make brownies, casseroles, lasagna, roasted veggies and much more. Be sure to get a baking dish that has handles so it’s easy to carry to the table right from the oven.
7. Cutting boards. It’s good to have plastic and wooden cutting boards. Obviously, you can use these to chop just about anything.
This is just a small list. Honestly, there is always something else that can be bought to help you out in the kitchen.