Getting My First Apartment, Total Foodie--What Is Absolutely Necessary to Buy?
So I am moving out on my own, getting my first apartment. I love to cook, and want to not only cook a lot on my own, but also improve my cooking. So, what should I have? Types of pots, pans, utensils...anything you feel I need. Thank you for your help!!!
Well, instead of giving you tons of items, I will start of the most basics of all.
You will need at least one cookware for small volume high heat fast cooking and one for bulk slow cooking. For fast cooking, you will need either a frying pan, a saute pan, a country frying pan, a skilet of a wok. Pick what you like the most. For slow cooking, you will need a stock pot, a Dutch Oven, a large sauce pan, a pressure cooker or an electric slow cooker. Your pick. Finally, you will probably need a medium saucepan. As for utensils, very simple things you will need like a can opener, a turner/spatula, a spoon, strainer and a pair of tongers.
Milkyway, where are you moving to?
Agree with Wonder. A decent Chef's knife can a hufe difference. You don't need the most expensive one, but you must use one above and beyond those faberware knives from supermarkets. If you are looking for the standard, goes for Wusthof and Henckel Twins (not the Henckel International). If you want to spend less, try Dexter-Russell, Victorinox. If you want get more of a Japanese favor, then there are tons to choose from: Shun, Global, Tojiro, Fujiwara, Kanetsune ....
In term of styles, there are several types of Chef's knife. The most common ones in US are the German Chef's knife
, but there are the French Chef's knife. Many people use Santoku as their Chef's knife. Gyuto, Nakiri, Chinese Chef's (aka Chinese cleaver) are all good alternatives.
invest in a good 8-inch chef's knife. with proper care it will last a life time.
same with an 8-inch and 10-inch cast iron skillet. not very expensive; i've had mine for almost 40 years.
3-4 wooden spoons and rubber spatulas (oxo).
a vegetable peeler (oxo).
i use my spring-loaded tongs (oxo) every day.
i also find a stainless steel dough blender (oxo) with blades very useful for chopping eggs and making mashed potatos for one.
1 big strainer (more useful than a colander), 1 small
an immersion blender with whisk attachment can be useful as a starter blender, food processor, hand mixer. kitchen-aid is worth the extra money.
you'll need a big pot for pasta. as for saucepans, since i've acquired a rag-tag collection of calphalon over the years, so i'll let others weigh in on that.
of course, measuring cups and spoons, plus a couple of mixing bowls.
If you've watched Jacques Pepin on TV, he always uses a fish turner (the long narrow kind) for almost everything, like flipping hamburgers, instead of a normal wide spatula. I haven't seen him do pancakes, and of course he never uses nonstick cookware that the metal fish turner might scratch.
Need? Well, then, I am one of those who says you can get by with just a cast iron pan. Seriously, save up for the really nice copper saute pan, but for now? Become master of a 9 inch Lodge pan (or an heirloom piece of cast iron, if you're lucky enough), and don't look back. Beyond that, silicone spatula, whip, a decent chef's knife that actually fits your hand, one really good paring knife, instant read thermometer, sturdy mixing bowls with steep sides, a 8x8 inch pan (pyrex or stoneware), a stock pot, a small pot, as as many kitchen towels as you can cram in a drawer. Heavy jelly roll pans (cookie sheets with sides). A silpat or its equivalent. A colander.
If you're me, your burn treatment of choice (I like a local MSM cream).
And as soon as you can, a kitchen aid mixer with a larger than average bowl.
I am going to look at the garage sales in my area for a good cast iron....I am hoping for an estate sale with an elderly woman who loved to cook! Well-seasoned, already good to go!
In regards to the mixing bowls...do you use glass/pyrex or something else? I see a lot of pyrex bowls in stores and wonder how sturdy they actually are!
I won't need the burn cream haha, but I will need a big tube of neosporin and some bandaids! I always drop glasses, and cut myself cleaning up the mess!
Ahh, a kitchen aid mixer. I have been drooling over the kitchen aid 5qt artisan stand mixer in red for quite some time, but that is definitely a wait-a-little-while purchase.
Thanks for all the suggestions!