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Equip your Kitchen

Whether you are just starting out on your own or you need to reorganize a kitchen thatís out of control, itís easy to have what you need if you keep a basic kitchen checklist. Having a few essential appliances and utensils within easy reach, will help make both preparation and clean up less stressful. You might even look forward to staying in on Saturday night.

Before you run down to your nearest home ware store with credit card in hand, take a quick look around your kitchen and make an assessment. This will help you focus on items that you need on a daily basis. Those fun, but rarely used gadgets, can be acquired later. As you look around, answer these three questions:


How much space do you have?

Look at work surface tops, drawers and cupboards. For example, if you have work surface space, youíll need to take that into consideration when looking at appliances and containers; if your shelves are shallow, storing an indoor grill could present a problem. Try to picture where everything will fit as you shop so that you arenít disappointed when you get home.


What supplies do you already have?

Maybe you have a few odds and ends or a good start due to a wedding list. Write everything down and take the list with you so that you donít end up spending money on something you already have. Review what youíve got, especially in the case of wedding gifts. If youíve received something you canít imagine using but you are missing an important basic tool, consider an exchange. At this point, itís better to have the equipment youíll use regularly.


What type of cooking do you plan to do the most?

Deciding what type of cook you are, or intend to be, will help determine your must haves. Will you cook for two or six? Do you like to bake? Will you prepare a lot by hand or purchase many ingredients that are ready to cook?

Once youíve determined what you have and how youíll likely spend your kitchen time, use this handy list to figure out what youíll need to buy. Adding to this list is okay but again, try to stick to items youíll use regularly. Consider borrowing things that you only use a few times a year, especially if space and budgets are limited.


Store Cupboard Checklist

The kitchen cupboard is the nerve centre of your kitchen - keep it well stocked and you will save time dashing to the shops for that single ingredient and will always have a delicious meal at hand even when the fridge is looking bare.




Stock Up Your Store Cupboards



  • Large Eggs
  • Lowfat Plain or Greek Yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Butter
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Feta Cheese
  • Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese Grated


  • Whole-wheat tortillas
  • Couscous
  • Basmati Rice
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Rice Noodles
  • Risotto Rice
  • Spaghetti

For Baking

  • Strong White Bread Flour
  • Easy-Blend Dried Yeast
  • Self Raising Flour
  • Plain Flour
  • Semolina
  • Caster Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Bicarbonate of Soda
  • Jumbo Oats
  • Sultanas or Raisins
  • Demerara Sugar
  • Vanilla Essence
  • Vanilla Pods
  • Fine Matzor Meal
  • Golden Syrup
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Corn Flour

Seasonings & Flavourings

  • Maldon Salt
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Table Salt
  • White Pepper
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Thai Fish Sauce
  • Soya Sauce
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • American Mustard
  • Clear Acacia Honey
  • Vegetable Bouillon
  • Thelma Chicken Powder
  • Mustard Powder
  • Sweet Chilli Sauce


  • Thai 7 spice
  • Garlic Granules
  • Chilli Powder
  • Paprika
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Ginger
  • Ground Cumin
  • Curry Powder Madras
  • Mixed Spice
  • Nutmeg
  • All Spice
  • All Spice

Cans & Cartons

  • Tomato Puree Can
  • Tomato Chopped Can
  • Tomato Puree Tube
  • Sundried Tomato Tube
  • V8 Tomato Juice
  • Coconut Milk or Cream
  • Can Chickpeas, Cannellini
  • and Borlotti

Oils & Vinegars

  • Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Balsamic Vinegar


  • Ice Cream
  • Frozen Peas
  • Ice Cubes
  • Frozen Berries
  • Mince Meat

In the Cupboard

  • Poppy Seeds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Pine Nuts
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pecan Nuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Ground Almonds
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut Butter
  • Breadcrumbs Panko / Israeli Schnitzel
  • Dried Apricots
  • Dried Prunes
  • Pistachio Nuts
  • Blackcurrant Jelly
  • Strawberry Jam
  • Apricot Jam
  • Sundried Tomato
  • Anchovy Fillets
  • Capers

In your cupboards

  • Non-Stick Frying Pans
  • 1 Non Stick Saucepans
  • 1 Heavy Shallow Pan Ovenproof Handles
  • 1 Lemon Squeezer
  • 1 Salad Spinner
  • 1 Set Mixing Bowls
  • 3 Saucepans with lids: small, medium, large
  • 1 Wire Cooling Rack
  • 1 Sieve (Strainer)
  • 1 Hand Held Blender
  • 1 Grater
  • 1 Colander
  • 1 Measuring Jug

In the Cupboards

  • 4 Glass Mixing Bowls, small, medium,
    large & ex large
  • 2 Heavy Wooden Chopping Boards
  • 2 White Heavy Plastic Boards for
    Raw Meat & Fish
  • Kitchen Paper
  • Spoon Holder
  • 1 Hand Held Wisk
  • 3 Wooden Spoons
  • 1 Large Metal Spoon
  • 1 Large Metal Slotted Spoon
  • 1 Ladle
  • 1 Potato Masher
  • 1 Ice Cream Scoop
  • 1 long Handle Turner (fish slice)
  • 2 Plastic Spatulas
  • 1 Set of Salad Servers
  • 1 Pair of Tongs

The Bottom Draw

  • Greaseproof Paper
  • Cling Film
  • Parchment Paper
  • Food Storage Bags - Ziplock
  • Black Permanent Pen to Label
  • Aluminium Foil
  • 1 Roll Kitchen String
  • Kitchen Tea Towels
  • Apron Ė CookwithLisa
  • Oven Gloves
  • Paper Muffin Cupcake Cases
  • Popsicle Moulds

On The Shelf

  • 1 Set of Electric Measuring Scales
  • Salt & Pepper Mills

On Your Work Surfaces

  • 1 Food Processor
  • 1 Electric Mixer
  • 1 Blender

In Your Draws

  • 1 Pastry Brush
  • 1 Cookie Cutter
  • 1 Potato Peeler
  • 1 Can Opener
  • 1 Corkscrew Opener
  • 2 Metal Skewers
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • 1 Rolling Pin
  • Kitchen Timer


  • Knife Block
  • 1 Paring Knife
  • 1 Large Chopping Board
  • 1 Large Chopping Board
  • 1 Paring Knife
  • 1 Palette Knife
  • 1 Chefís Knife
  • 1 Pair Kitchen Scissors
  • 1 Sharpening Steel
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