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basic equipment needed to cook

(4 ratings)
Recipe by
Jane Whittaker
Massena (now in FL), NY

When I first got married my hubs was in the Air Force and we lived in Germany. I had zero cooking experience and zero things to cook with. You really only need a few things to get you started and here is my list.

(4 ratings)
yield serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 5 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For basic equipment needed to cook

  • for regular cooking:
  • 1 sm
    paring knife
  • 2 lg
    knife for chopping
  • 2
    cutting boards, both of which can go in the dishwasher. you need one for meat and one for veggies
  • 1 lg
    pot for cooking spaghetti and making soup
  • 1 md
    sauce pan
  • 1 lg
    fry pan, make it teflon
  • electric mixer
  • for baking:
  • 2 sets measuring cups (tupperware has one with 3/4 and 2/3 cup sizes)
  • 2 sets measuring spoons
  • 9x13 baking pan
  • 8 inch baking pan
  • muffin pan
  • 2 cookie sheets
  • flour sifter
  • pie plate
  • rolling pin
  • loaf pan
  • colander
  • other handy stuff:
  • scissors
  • can opener
  • tongs
  • utinsels:
  • several spatulas, if your pans are teflon, plastic please
  • few large cooking spoons, one slotted
  • rubber scrapers in several sizes
  • hand grater for cheese and chocolate
  • soup ladle
  • first appliances to add:
  • electric knife
  • slow cooker

How To Make basic equipment needed to cook

  • 1
    This list I know isn't complete by any means.
  • 2
    Pick things up as you can afford them and as you need them, if that is financially posible.
  • 3
    I have purposely left some things out like round cake pans because a 9x13 pan will make a cake also.
  • 4
    Buy things that can multi task the paring knives and chopping knive will take place of many many items.