We know it can be slightly overwhelming to know where to start when it comes to completely furnishing your kitchen, especially if you're doing a newlywed overhaul and beginning at square one. If we were to get rid of all of our kitchen gear and start all over again, would we even know where to begin? Flatware and plates aside (let's assume those as more tabletop rather than kitchen gear), we think there a solid 16 essential pieces a cook needs around the kitchen for most baseline recipes and cooking methods. We're not talking those who what to sous vide and flambé; rather, we're talking to those who just want to chop and sauté and roast, no extra-special tools or techniques needed.
Even if you aren't starting from scratch, ask yourself: "Is it time to give some of my basic kitchen tools an upgrade?"
Then ask: Are the marks on your measuring cups worn down to the point where you can't tell how much you're measuring? Is your once-favorite knife so dull that you basically have to saw through even the rarest steak? Are your plastic mixing bowls so warped from the dishwasher that they've morphed into ovals? Is your can opener so rusted that opening a can takes about five times as long as it should? If the answer to a single one of these questions is yes, it's time you throw in the (kitchen) towel and restock your shelves, stat.
Here are those 16 basic kitchen essentials you need to get your kitchen into tip-top shape! Adds all to cart.