The 5 Things No New Kitchen Should be Left Without

Your kitchen is the centerpiece of your new apartment. Whether you’ll be doing a lot of entertaining or simply dining alone, we’ve put together some of our thoughts on the things you must invest in the moment you’ve taken over a new lease.

1. A Comprehensive Spice Rack

Can't ever have enough...cardamom?

Don’t laugh. When it comes to cooking a home-cooked meal, you simply cannot rely on just Salt and Pepper. Hell, even a pack of cheap ramen could be made into a gourmet feast by the right combination of spices. You could easily go buy everything individually and ‘rack’ (PUN INTENDED) up a huge bill or you could find one of the countless sets that include every spice a kitchen needs. Since you’re going to do this right, here’s a list of 25 essential spices you need, according to our friends at Bon Appetit magazine:

  1. Allspice
  2. Apple Pie Spice
  3. Basil
  4. Bay Leaves
  5. Cayenne
  6. Chili Powder
  7. Cinnamon–Ground and Stick
  8. Cloves
  9. Cumin
  10. Curry Powder
  11. Dill Weed
  12. Garlic Powder
  13. Ginger–Ground
  14. Nutmeg–Ground
  15. Onion Powder
  16. Oregano
  17. Paprika
  18. Black Peppercorns
  19. Red Pepper Flakes
  20. Rosemary
  21. Saffron
  22. Sage
  23. Tarragon
  24. Thyme
  25. Vanilla–Extract and Beans

2. Homeware of One Color, Kind, and Design

Snowe's amazing "Starter Eat Bundle"

First impressions mean everything. Which basically means you can’t afford to have a crappy set of mismatched plates and cups. With that in mind, peruse the catalog from our friends at Snowe and you won’t go wrong. Snowe is a homeware company that we feel are really doing it right. From cups to plates to silverware, Snowe is setting out to outfit your entire home with wares that are “luxury-quality made attainable,” as they say. We couldn’t agree more.

Pro tip: Post your lease on Flip and we’ll send you a link with some sick discounts from our friends at Snowe.

3. The Ole Baking Soda In The Back of The Fridge

The shining hero. Image: askannamoseley.com

We’re not sure how many millions of dollars have been invested into proving this, but millions of moms can’t be wrong, right? Baking soda is said to absorb odors due to its alkaline nature that neutralizes acidic odors. There’s been other things, like charcoal, that have actually been proven to fight odors but we just can’t shake the superstitious feeling of not doing it. So, we’ll leave the science to the scientists and continue to buy a new pack, open it up, and place it in the back of our refrigerator when we move into a new place — never to be seen again until we move out.

4. One Little Knife, One Big Knife — Both Super Sharp

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“What?” You may ask. “They are both knives — why do I need more than one?” Because all knives are not created equal and serve individual needs within your kitchen. Our recommendation is pretty straightforward: one big Chef’s knife and one smaller paring knife — both stainless steel. Cheap knives work but do yourself (and your fruits, veggies, and meat) a favor and get some mid-range cutlery that will last you ages and can keep being re-sharpened.

5. A Large, Deep, Non-Stick Fry Pan

Let’s face it, you’re going to need something to cook on and, if you lived in a weird, weird world were forced to only choose one thing, we’d say you should pick a fry pan. A fry pan is one of those things that you can do a thousand things with. From making some eggs, cooking chicken, making pasta, or a grilled cheese, there’s very little you can’t do with a good non-stick fry pan. Even if you aren’t cooking all the time, how else are you going to heat up that slice of pepperoni pizza. So invest in a good frying pan because you can use it on the stove, bake something in the oven and, if push comes to shove, you could probably even eat milk and cereal out of it.

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