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We all have different skill levels in the kitchen. Some love to cook, and some don’t. What you want in your kitchen depends on both that and what you like in your stomach. It also depends on how your kitchen functions. If you’re looking for more efficient ways to utilize your kitchen space and add new tools to your repertoire, here’s how to choose the best cookware set for your kitchen.
1. Know yourself and your kitchen
What sets the pace for what you want to see in your kitchen workspace? The thing is, in apartments, space is limited, and your money might be too. That’s why you need to prioritize based on your preferences.
What do you like to eat? If you prefer your food baked, then you’ll need a nice set of pans for the oven, measuring tools, and safety gear such as oven mitts. If you like your food fried, look for a cast-iron skillet or a non-stick pan.
Some of us don’t like to cook, but what if you could still eat at home without having to cook? If you enjoy smoothies and juices, try a juicer or a high-quality blender. If you’re trying a lifestyle change, get a large aluminum bowl for hearty salads.
A rice cooker is also an excellent alternative if you get anxious about stovetops and ovens. You can make a fluffy pot of rice with just a few simple measurements, and some rice cookers also let you steam meat, starches, and vegetables.
2. Assess your skill level
Be honest with yourself: What’s your kitchen skill level? Try not to buy anything if you don’t know how to use it. Similarly, don’t buy something for your kitchen when you don’t know exactly what it does or how it functions. Yes, online kitchen shopping can be captivating and trigger all your impulses, but if you’re going to pay for something to be used in your kitchen, make sure you’ll actually use it.
3. Learn and grow
Takeout and delivery are expensive, so think about what tools and ingredients you’d need to recreate your favorite local restaurant recipes. If you’re a sandwich person, try a small toaster oven for buns or quesadillas. If you’re looking to grow as a cook just for your enjoyment and the joy of your loved ones, try replicating a more difficult entree or baking from scratch. As you grow as a chef, you can also be more environmentally conscious as you go along.
4. Do your research
Take your time and do your research. You don’t want to waste money, and nothing feels better than a mission accomplished in the kitchen. Search online for more advanced kitchen tools if you can handle them, or stick to the inexpensive route if you don’t need anything fancy. Perhaps a storefront near you supplies more advanced cookware.
5. Make a checklist
Decide what tools you want and need for your journey into the culinary world and create a list. Reorganize your list by order of priority. Try to look at the group in different ways. Write one version sorting the items from most to least expensive or most versus least likely to be used. Splurge and spend the money when you’re ready. No point in having fancy utensils with no groceries!
How did you find your favorite cookware pieces? Share your experience with us in the comments.