How Do I Set Up My Kitchen?

Here are ideas for basic kitchen items. 

Basic Equipment

  • Major appliances in good working order—stove, fridge with freezer
  • Other useful appliances—hand blender, microwave oven, toaster oven
  • Det of cutlery and dishes
  • Wooden or plastic mixing spoon
  • Set of measuring cups and spoons
  • Spatula
  • Strainer
  • Grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Paring knife
  • Large cutting knife
  • Cutting board
  • Can opener
  • Egg beater or whisk
  • Pots with lids (small, large)
  • Frying pan
  • Casserole dish
  • Muffin tin
  • Baking pan
  • Two mixing bowls (small, large)
  • Tea towels, dish cloths, dish soap, scouring pads, potholders
  • Recycled plastic containers for food storage


In the cupboard

  • Flour, sugar, vegetable oil, vinegar, cereal, crackers
  • Canned & packaged goods (tuna, salmon, tomato sauce, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, baked beans, kidney beans, soups, skim milk powder, falafel mix)
  • Pasta and quick-cook grains (macaroni, spaghetti, noodles, rice, couscous, bulgur)
  • Sauces (soya, BBQ, hot)
  • Herbs & spices—salt, pepper, oregano, basil, cinnamon, curry, chili powder, onion (fresh or powder), garlic (fresh or powder), bouillon cubes

In the fridge

  • Milk, cheese, yogurt, fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, peanut butter, sandwich meats, salad dressing, butter, jam, condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, chutneys

In the freezer

  • Breads, bagels, tortillas, fruit, vegetables, grated cheese, meat, chicken, fish, frozen juice
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