Looking for good cookware
I'm going to be finally moving out on my own and I need to get my own cookware and appliances.
I was wondering what are good yet inexpensive brands to get and if there are any appliances I should get that I may not think I need but could really come in handy.
Tramontina (available at Walmart) and Cuisinart both make great tri ply cookware at a very reasonable price.
Try a Google search or search Amazon's lists for Cook's Illustrated's list of necessary cookware.
Go to TJ Maxx. They frequently have very good cookware. I would not recommend buying a set unless you know you are going to be using all of the pans in it. The same with knives, buy what you need and will use.
You should have a medium sized nonstick skillet, it is essential, a couple of whisks, colander, mesh strainer, measuring spoons and cups. Look for the measuring items- cups&spoons that are in a set and have standard measurements and odd sized 2/3 C 3/4, 1 1/2 teaspoons etc. A can opener (manual) wooden spoons and forks for cooking with, vegetable peelers, silicone spatulas in different sizes, cutting boards, turning spatulas. An electric mixer is a good investment. Cuisinart is making a hand held mixer that is powerful enough to bread dough and cookie dough. It comes with dough hooks, beaters and a whisk. Thermometers, a probe style is pretty versatile. I use mine not only for roasting but when frying and when I am cooking something like a custard and need to keep an eye on the temp. Pot holders, potato masher-look for one with a grid instead of the wavy kind, mixing bowls.
I'm sure I can think of more, but what you need to do is buy the basics. Then make notes of what you find that are missing and need. I am sure others will chime in, enjoy your new home and get cooking!
A blender does a lot beside mix drinks. Consider a toaster oven as well. It will do double duty making toast as well as work as an oven
Invest in one decent chef's knife around 8". Probably the most important item you will buy.
Since Dear Daughter and boyfrind are outfitting a house, I have put a lot of thought into this over the last 6 months.
White cotton dishtowels. They are great at cleaning messes, drying hands, draining curds and yogurt, getting hot pans out of the oven, and you can even dry dishes with them.
3 sharp knives. 4 in paring, 6 in utility, 8 in chefs. These get at least 80% of the work done in my kitchen.
Tramontina from Brazil gives best value for the money. Cooking with quality is much more fun than the cheaper junk. But my starter set was a mix of All-Clad and cheap junk. Junk was tossed in less than two years.
Non-stick 12 in fry pan.
A huge wok with lid is remarkably versatile.
I use a 2 liter beer stien to hold a large and small whisk, spatulas, cooking chop sticks, short and long tongs, etc.
Measuring ladles and spoons.
A wood and solid plastic cutting boards. Get them larger than you think.
The highest wattage hand mixer, blender, and microwave you can afford. The blender should crush ice without a problem.
Where you live and what you cook will influence what is a requirement for your kitchen. A potato ricer, pasta maker, or rice cooker could be essential based on which starch is a regular on your plate. Since I eat lots of fish, a filet knife and Kyoto style sushi knife is a must.
Take your time and have fun.