What is a reasonable amount to spend on equipping a kitchen?
I only plan to cook for myself so I don't need hug equipment or anything but I'm confused as how much should I spend...
I'm just starting to learn cooking, well I barely can but I want to learn. However, looking at Amazon, I could easily spend anywhere from ~100 for a cooking set to 500 dollars or more. I can go up to 500 but I don't want to unless I know I need to, I don't want to buy everything then regret that I wasted money.
Thanks a lot for any help. :)
Mark Bittman did an article on equiping a kitchen for $200 - here is alink to discussion about it - the srticle is archived on the NY Times site - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/399810
If you are just looking for a set I would recommend the annodized set from Costco - http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.... - recommended by COnsumer Reports - I bought and just love it -
The thread on the Bittman piece has some good ideas, as does the recent "first thing to purchase" thread on this board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/43402...
Basically, stay away from sets and buy individual pans. For one person, a 12 inch skillet, a 4 quart pot and a dutch oven would get you started for just about anything. At a kitchen supply store, you could probably do the first two for $50 or $60. The dutch oven is worth spending some money on, but hunting around at Marshall's ot TJMaxx or similar discount stores is a great way to save on pieces like that. You'll also need two or three, maybe four knives (chef's or santoku, paring knife and a utility knife, I'd recommend serrated for that....and a bread knife if you eat enough bread from its whole state to warrant that). Beyond that, a cutting board, some mixing bowls, a whisk, tongs and wooden spoons and you should be about good to start. Shouldn't cost more than $200-$300 depending on where you shop and how carefully.
Since you're learning, it might be best to buy really few things and see what you end up needing.
I agree with ccbweb. There is absolutely no need to buy any sets. I find that I always end up using the following: 10-inch skillet, sauce pan, 4 quart pot, baking dish, baking sheet. You can find all those at Marshalls or TJMaxx. I also have a tiny nonstick pan to cook eggs (6-inch?).
As you cook more, you can start upgrading. I started keeping a list of what I want to upgrade and I ask for them at Christmas time.
Unfortunately, the Bittman article mentioned below is available only to TimeSelect subscribers. In summary, he pointed out that restaurant basics are much less expensive than high-end retail stuff (for instance, a plastic-handled Dexter-Russell chef's knife for $10;, 3 stainless-stee bowls, $5 total; small, medium andl arge aluminum saucepans, $30 for all 3). He priced the stuff at a restaurant supply store; some stores also have Web sites.