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Aug 18, 2009 08:02 AM

Renting a Vacation House for a Week, What to Bring for the Kitchen?

We'll be renting a vacation house for a week in New England and plan on making breakfast and sometimes dinner at the house. We'll likely stick with whatever fresh seafood we can find for dinner, just two of us. The kitchen is equipped with pots, pans, utensils etc. but none of the basic food stuffs. I want to buy all perishable once there, but really would rather bring along things like salt, pepper, olive oil etc. to avoid buying it there. We will be driving so bringing things along won't be an issue. RIght now I'll be bringing salt, pepper grinder, olive oil, balsamic, probably throw in a bag of lemons just so we have them, some dried oats, cornmeal, and flour. What else would you bring along?


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  1. I like to bring enough food so I can make our first two meals before you have to hit a market. For example, sandwich stuff, a lasagne, whatever you might like to eat for lunch/dinner, and something for breakfast. That unburdens you from running out after a long day in the car.

    Oh, and don't forget the coffee!

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    1. re: susan1353

      Coffee! I did forget, thank you!

    2. Your favorite knife, plastic wrap, microplane. adam

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      1. re: adamshoe

        I'd actually bring 3 knives: chef's, paring and tomato. Also good tongs and a good frying pan. Depending on what you like for breakfast, some jam or maple syrup. Garlic, onions, shallots. Hot sauce if you like it with seafood.

        1. re: GretchenS

          So would I, Gretchen. By tomato, do you mean serrated, like a bread knife? Those ar e great at cutting tomatoes, bagels and bread, of course. Can't live without my tongs. And I also use those cutting mats alanbarnes describes. Ziplocs & my own TP, too.

          When we go rving, I raid the stores for the small size condiments so you don't have to buy big sizes. And if you're planning on a few meals in, season & freeze your steaks or chicken now, they will keep other stuff cold in your cooler. Then you can just thaw when you get there.

          1. re: Phurstluv

            Agree with all plus throw in a basting brush, a couple of pot holders and kitchen towels.

          2. re: GretchenS

            Yes, yes, yes. The knives. Doesn't it drive you crazy when you help at a friend or family member's house, and they've got all these dull, super-cheap knives that will cut your finger faster than a carrot?

            I would also check the area for bakeries, fish, cheese, or meat shops, farmer's markets, to pare down what I bring and make use of the special things the area has to offer, if any. Then, go from there.

        2. granola, a spice mix / rub for grilling, nuts / trail mix, salad dressing, mayo, mustard.
          Have a great time!

            1. re: Uncle Bob

              We never go anywhere like that without at least a six pack and 2 bottles of white!!

            2. We've brought our favorite knife/knives, a few odd spices, a fave cookbook, and the little Weber Smoky Joe w/woodchips. Like Susan 1353, we bring something for the first evening's meal and simple breakfast makings for the next morning......don't forget the cream & sugar. Then it's off to scour the area for local stuff. Have a wonderful time!