Typically, the ideal kitchen equipment depends on the type of establishment that it is meant for – your home kitchen, a commercial kitchen for offices and factories, or a restaurant. While a few basics will be common, what will generally be the distinguishing factor between all three is the scale of operations. The pots and pans or the refrigerator in a restaurant kitchen will be far bigger than that in a home – in fact the walk-in refrigerator or a freezer is normally seen in larger establishments.
For the purpose of this piece, the focus will be on the domestic environment and the essential kitchen equipment required here. It will be categorised in two – the absolute essentials and those that are optional of which some you would rather have for convenience.
The Absolute Essentials –
The first in this list is the refrigerator, an oven with a stove top and the sink. However, if you are moving into a rented apartment or even if you have bought a house of your own, these are the three that in all probability will be pre-installed in the kitchen. Hence you do not have to worry on this score. If you feel that you want a bigger refrigerator, you can have the existing piece replaced in consultation with your landlord. The other two are generally of standardised looks and size.
The next must-haves are the pots and pans. The ones you will not be able to do without are 6 quart pot for any type of cooking and boiling including making spaghetti, another smaller 2 to 3 quart pot for almost the same purpose but for smaller quantities like making rice and boiling potatoes. You should also have a 7 to 10 inch fry pan or skillet.
If you already have some of these with you, pick up the others from the local stores. If you are starting off in setting up your kitchen, check local discount stores which offer complete “sets” of pots and pans at wholesale rates. You should buy the best within your budget. But keep in mind that the cheap and inexpensive ones do not have good heat retention capabilities so it might cost you dearly in the long run in gas and electricity bills.
The Optional –
These may be “optional” but quite frankly have become an integral part of the modern kitchen. It is something like buying a diamond ring on an impulse. You are reading the newspapers, come across the weblink of American Diamond Company adc.com.au, visit the site and decide to buy one for yourself. You do not really need it but still want to have it. Similarly for optional kitchen equipment – you might not need it immediately but in the long run you will be glad that you bought it.
Microwaves are today hugely inexpensive and can be a big help if you are not an expert in cooking. Its auto modes take the guesswork out of cooking and help you to quickly whip up boiling potatoes or defrost frozen meals. Get a colander too for draining off spaghetti or washing fruits and vegetables. If you are on your own, you should consider a “French Coffee Press” that will allow you to brew a cup of coffee in less than 5 minutes. Otherwise, get a tea-kettle to boil water or make a bowl of steaming soup.
Some of the other optional ones that often turn into essential items when the situation arises are a toaster, blender, chopping boards, mixing bowls and baking sheets with slides.
Start off with this basic equipment and keep on adding to them according to your need and specific requirements as life rolls on.