Graduation is a major achievement and an exciting time in life, but the future can also be very scary for those who aren’t prepared. After making the transition to real life, you’ll quickly realize that you have to start cooking your own food whenever you’re hungry. You’ll no longer have access to dorm cafeterias, and you can’t survive on ramen, TV dinners, and Chinese take-out forever. It’s time to learn how to feed yourself. Here are a few kitchen essentials that every grad should invest in.
Pots and Pans
This one should be common sense. You’re going to need pots and pans to cook, period. Most foods are prepared on a stovetop, but the ingredients need to sit in a pot or pan so that the heat transferred from the flames can cook them. Buy quality stuff from the start so that you won’t have to waste money later on.
Quality Silverware and Dishes
Unless you plan on eating everything with your hands, you probably should go out and buy a few sets of nice spoons, forks, and knives that can last for many years. It’s good to have disposable eating utensils on hand, but using them all the time can prove to be pretty expensive. The same applies to paper and styrofoam bowls and plates.
Food Processor or Blender
Many recipes call for certain ingredients to be minced up. While it’s possible to do that with a knife, it would be very inefficient. Buy a food processor or blender to dice up just about any ingredient into small pieces or straight up mush.
The convection oven is one of the most useful appliances in the kitchen. It can act as either an oven or microwave and can do just about anything from warming up some leftovers to cooking an entire ham. All you have to do is set the food inside, hit some buttons, then sit back and relax.
Good Knife and Cutting Board
Preparing food usually involves cutting things. You might have to break down a whole chicken, filet a fish, chop some onions, or cut some dough. In order to do all the above and more, a good chef’s knife and cutting board are a must.