A Kitchen Checklist for a New Home

…for the Aspiring Cook

Whether starting out on your own, beginning anew, or just plain paring down, this kitchen checklist contains the essentials for your new home. Some items are specific for a reason, to which I’ll elaborate in future posts in this section. Others are open to one’s own tastes and preferences. A sharp knife is first on the list for a reason. It is the most crucial item in any kitchen. Here is a basic kitchen checklist for a new home.

UTENSILS

  • Sharp knives
  • Dishwasher safe plastic cutting board
  • Box grater
  • Silicon whisk
  • Heat-safe spatula, slotted spoon, and ladle
  • Strainer
  • Kitchen tongs
  • Measuring spoons
  • Spaghetti fork
  • 4 cup and 1 cup Pyrex liquid measuring cups

SPICES AND SEASONINGS

  • Sea salt
  • Iodized salt
  • Seasoned salt
  • Black pepper
  • Mustard powder
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Lemon zest
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram

Tip: The general rule to convert fresh to dry measurements in a recipe is 1 tsp. dried = 1 Tbs. fresh

These ingredients are useful to add to your collection in the cooler winter months when soups and baked goods are part of your menu.

  • Curry powder
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Bay leaves
  • Tarragon
  • Sage
  • Dill
  • Celery seed or celery salt
  • Whole nutmeg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Almond extract
  • Orange extract

PANTRY

  • Baking soda
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar – granulated, brown, powdered, honey, agave nectar
  • Vinegar – white, balsamic, red wine, cider
  • Oil – olive oil, extra virgin, canola, sesame, peanut
  • Tomato – paste, sauce, diced/crushed
  • Beans – pinto, black, garbanzo, white
  • Broth – chicken, beef
  • Pasta – ziti, fusilli, spaghetti, linguine, shell, lasagna
  • Rice – jasmine, basmati, long-grain, arborio
  • Breadcrumbs and crackers
  • Coconut milk
  • Nuts and dried fruits
  • Garlic

CONDIMENTS

  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon mustard
  • Sauces – Worcestershire, soy, Tabasco, barbecue
  • Grape jelly
  • Horseradish
  • Maple syrup
  • Chili paste
  • Marinated items – capers, pickles, artichoke, olives

THE FRIDGE

  • Eggs – farm raised or organic
  • Butter – not margarine!
  • Milk – cow, almond, or soy
  • Cheese – Parmigiano-Reggiano, cheddar
  • Onions – sweet, red, green, shallot
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lemons and limes
  • Frozen berries
  • Frozen spinach and other veggies
  • Meats, fish, seafood fresh or frozen
  • Carrots
  • Apples

 

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