Save vs. Splurge: Basic Kitchen Tools

Be smart in building your kitchen: choose which tools are worth the splurge!

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Building up your kitchen gear can cost a lot of money. Know when to spend your hard-earned cash and when to save it!

 

Splurge

 

1  Food processor

 

This heavy-duty item will last you dozens of years if you invest in caring and maintaining it regularly. It makes sense you splurge on this one: it will help you out with everything from prepping vegetables, making purees, and putting desserts together. 

 

 

2  Stand mixer

 

You can whip up that fluffy cake batter in a snap with the strength of an electric stand mixer. With different attachments, a stand mixer can handle sturdy bread and pizza doughs. 

 

 

3  Roasting tins or glassware

 

When you are placing your meats in high-temperature heat, a heavy-duty roasting tin will work wonders in both retaining and maintaining even heat distribution. 

 

 

4  Chef's knife 

 

A good knife is the backbone of top-notch prep work. Splurge on a good chef's knife and take good care of it—you will only ever need one great knife! 

 

 

5  Stainless steel frying pans and saucepots

Your stainless steel cookware will serve you well no matter what dish you decide to whip up. They heat up fast and evenly, which means you'll be able to cook up a delicious meal in only a few minutes. 

 

 

Save

 

 

1  Baking sheets

 

Light-bottomed baking sheets actually work better than heavy-bottomed ones, so there is no need to splurge on heavy duty baking sheets. Also, parchment paper-lined cookie sheets work much better than non-stick cookie sheets! 

 

2  Woks or kawali 

 

There are perfect for stir-fries and anything deep-fried. Also, you can get them really cheap at any grocery or market and will last for many, many years! 

 

3  Pots

 

Soups, stocks, and stews will hold well in simple stainless steel pots. Get them in different sizes for all your cooking needs! 

 

4  Mixing bowls

 

Use these bowls for prep work and for baking needs. Use light stainless steel for easy clean up, too! 

 

 

5  Wooden spoons

 

These spoons are perfect for all your sweet and savory mixing needs! Bamboo mixing spoons are a great bang for your buck: they lightweight but tough at the same time. 

 

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