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If you and your fiancé love spending time in the kitchen together, creating a registry is going to be really exciting — just think of pointing that scanner at all of your dream kitchen tools and gadgets. But all the gizmos that can go into the kitchen can overwhelm even the best chefs. So we broke kitchen registering down for you. Consider this the ultimate must-have list for the cooking couple:
1. A Non-Stick Fry Pan should be at the top of your list because it will be the most-used pan in your kitchen. So even if you're registering for a stainless steel pot and pan set, add this to your registry. Try to find a set with more than one size, like this one from Calphalon which includes 10 and 12 inch pans. Not only is this pan perfect for making eggs in the morning, it will help you make perfectly cooked delicate fish, Asian noodles, and cheesy dishes like quesadillas. (Pictured above: Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 10-In. & 12-In. Fry Pan Set)
2. Chopping and dicing is half the fun of cooking, but when you're in a rush or entertaining it can be a lot of work. Enter the food processor, which takes care of all of that — plus making dough, sauces, and spreads — for you. Look for one that's at least 6 to 8 cups so you can make large batches of your favorite salsa or pesto at once.
3. We probably don't need to tell you to add a stand mixer to your registry, but we will because it's that valuable. Not only can stand mixers tackle even the toughest dough without the arm muscle, with great attachments they can also serve as your meat grinder, pasta maker, and spiralizer too!
4. You don't have to register for a complete knife set, but you do have to register for quality knives. Make sure you get the ultimate trio: a chef's knife, paring knife, and serrated knife. And be sure to test out your knives in the store to see how they feel in your hand. (Calphalon Contemporary Self-Sharpening 18-Pc. Cutlery Set, $249.99)
5. You might not think about cutting boards but you should. Consider this your chance to get quality, large-sized cutting boards into your kitchen. Look for sturdy wood ones with enough surface space to handle chopping-room for multiple ingredients.
6. Mom and dad might still be hosting Thanksgiving, but one day that torch will be passed to you — and you'll need a roasting pan with a rack to do it. This quality cooker will handle all your holiday meals, from turkeys to hams, and beyond. Make sure you avoid non-stick, you'll get the most delicious bits from the scrapings at the bottom. (Calphalon Signature Stainless Steel 16-in. Roaster With Rack, $149.99)
7. Now is the time to invest in a cookware set, make sure you select one with an 8-quart (or more) stock pot with a lid. You'll want this guy for long winters filled with soup, chili, and stews — and plenty of room to make extras for freezing or having company. (Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 11-Pc. Cookware Set, $399.99)
8. We know your secret — you've been using that soup pot for all your large-batch needs. We'd like to introduce you to the Dutch Oven which can tackle everything from a whole chicken (register for at least a 5 quart Dutch oven so the bird can fit) to long- simmering stews. (Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 5-Qt. Dutch Oven With Cover, $79.99)
9. Glass mixing bowls may seem redundant to those plastic ones you already have, but they're not. Use these so you can see your ingredients (hello broken eggshell!) easily, and also for last-minute serving dishes when you run out. And yes, you can keep those plastic ones too.
10. If you and your fiancé love taking your cooking outside, consider registering for a meat thermometer that can handle everything from oven-cooked turkey to on-the-grill steaks. You can even go high-tech and find a thermometer that syncs to your phone via Bluetooth so you don't have to watch while you sear.
11. Though we encourage you to use caution with this one, a mandoline will change your life in the kitchen. It can thinly slice everything from onions to tomatoes, making salads and julienned vegetables a cinch.
12. You can thank us when you see how light your dishwashing load is following a batch of soup made with an immersion blender. This wand purees everything from butternut squash soup to mashed potatoes, so you don't have to worry about transferring hot batches from the pot to blender ever again.