How to Stock a Small Kitchen with Everything You Need

Even if you have a small kitchen and a small budget, you can still save money by stocking it efficiently.

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You Will Need

  • Basic pantry staples
  • Multi-purpose cookware

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Start with the basics

    Start with your pantry. Buy only what you think you'll use on a regular basis. Look at the ingredients of your favorite dishes in cookbooks and see which items show up the most.

  2. If you're a beginning cook, stock up on a few basic spices and condiments to experiment with flavors.

  3. Step 2

    Acquire pots and pans

    Choose pots and pans. A large, aluminum-core skillet and a preseasoned cast-iron skillet cover searing, sauteing, and frying, and can go from stovetop to oven. A sturdy saucepan serves as the perfect pot for sauces, rice, and veggies, while a stockpot handles pasta and soup. For roasting and baking, pick up a jellyroll pan.

  4. Stack pots and pans inside each other for storage, or just keep them on the stove if storage space is at a premium.

  5. Step 3

    Acquire utensils

    Cover the utensil basics: a wooden spoon and a heatproof spatula, a sturdy spatula for flipping, a pair of tongs, a ladle, a rasp grater, a vegetable peeler, and a whisk. A chef's knife can handle the work of several specialty knives.

  6. Step 4

    Limit appliances

    Be selective with appliances. How much do you cook, and what can you do by hand? A toaster oven takes up little space but is a great multi-tasker. If you drink coffee every morning, consider a single-cup maker.

  7. Step 5

    Dishes and flatware

    Unless you entertain often, four settings of basic dishes, glasses, and flatware should do the trick. Save the espresso cups and oyster forks for when you get a bigger place!

  8. Did you know? In 2008, Russian archaeologists unearthed Stone Age utensils made of bone and decorated with geometric patterns that were likely considered magical by their creators.

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