Three essentials your kitchen can’t do without

Whether you’re a recent graduate, moving out on your own for the first time, or interested in learning the art of cooking, you’ll need the right tools to guide the way. These kitchen essentials are the first step to a simple preparation and satisfying meal.

Here’s a list of the top three essentials that every cook should have in their kitchen.

1. Knives

The countless options of knives at department stores can make this task completely overwhelming. I am going to make this easy for you. Simple meals and the majority of complex ones require three knives. That’s it.

A chef knife, a serrated knife and a paring knife.


  • The chef knife is your go-to for knives. Use it for slicing, dicing and chopping.


  • The serrated knife, known as a bread knife is a lifesaver for your bread and baked goods.


  • Use the paring knife for peeling fruits and vegetables.



Check out this video to learn basic knife techniques.


2. Cutting boards

Your kitchen needs at least two cutting boards, and I cannot stress that enough.

One is for vegetables, bread, and fruit that you can safely eat raw. The other is for raw meat and fish. Two cutting boards limit the risk of any cross contamination.

For more information on food safety click here.

Wood cutting boards are a huge trend lately but they can make a serious dent in the wallet. Fellow blogger To Simply Inspire teaches you how to make cutting boards for a fraction of the retail cost.


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Cutting boards also make great serving platters for meat and cheese boards.

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3. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar

If you are going to splurge on something besides the important things like purses and shoes, spend extra money on a good olive oil and balsamic vinegar. By splurge, I mean opt in for the $20 bottle rather than the $8.

Take a look at The Olive Press for top rated oils and vinegar from around the world.

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Check out this list on how to fill your cupboards and drawers for under $300.

Now that you’ve seen my essentials, what are yours?


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