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Old 02-17-2007, 03:43 PM   #1
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If you had $500...

As some of you know, I am new to the cooking world and I am very limited to what I have to cook with. Without going into a long story, I am going to have $500.00 to spend on cooking essentials. What are some things that y'all use pretty regularly that would be useful for me as well? I live in an apartment if that makes any difference. Here's a list of the things that I already have:

knives
measuring spoons/cups
griddle
non stick pots and pans
1 8x11.5" baking dish
GF grill
round cake pans
bread pans
muffin tins
1 cookie sheet
cooling rack
hand mixer
spatulas
wooden spoons
small cutting board
1 of each large and small glass mixing bowls
whisks
plastic stirring spoons (some are slotted, some aren't)
Better Homes and Garden cookbook
colander
toaster oven





I believe that is everything . If not, I will post what I forgot. Can't wait to see what I get to buy!!

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Old 02-17-2007, 03:54 PM   #2
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Anything you can find made out of silpat!
Maybe some cast iron skillets?
A few really excellent knives (you don't need a whole set).

13x9 casserole dish
a big stock pot
food processor
blender
mandoline (I love these)
Kitchen Aid mixer
hand mixer
I'll think of more.
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:46 PM   #3
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Not necessarily in order:

A good cast-iron skillet
Cast-iron or Le Creuset Dutch oven
Microplane grater
2-quart glass mixing/measuring/batter bowl (I have 3 and use them all the time.)
Good, thick potholders
Electronic probe thermometer
Instant-read thermometer
Hi-temp silicone scrapers and spatulas
Electronic kitchen scale (Salter makes the 11-pound capacity one I use. Best deal I've seen anywhere is at CutleryAndMore.com: Wusthof Knives, All Clad Cookware, Henckels Cutlery, Calphalon, Le Creuset, John Boos & More.)

All the items I listed above I use on an almost daily basis and I don't cook for a crowd. It's just Buck and me.

Have fun buying new "toys!"
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Old 02-17-2007, 04:48 PM   #4
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I'd get a second cookie sheet, it's so handy to have two
and also a pair of kitchen scissors. I use mine all the time.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:11 PM   #5
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Jan, Katie, and Trish all came up with good ideas. The only thing I can think of to add is a springform pan.

But get the cast iron skillet without further delay!
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:22 PM   #6
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I don't think I saw silicone cookies sheet liners. I have three and would be lost without them. I line my baking sheets with them when making cookies and various apps etc. Nothing sticks, nothing burns and they are so easy to clean!
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:31 PM   #7
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I don't think I saw silicone cookies sheet liners. I have three and would be lost without them. I line my baking sheets with them when making cookies and various apps etc. Nothing sticks, nothing burns and they are so easy to clean!
Here's what I've been using for about 7 years: Kitchen.

I even bought a set for my daughter for Christmas a couple of years ago. She uses hers all the time. They work as well as Silpat, etc. and are far less expensive.
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:37 PM   #8
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Kitchenaid mixer
silpat mats
Good cutlery
Good saucier
dutch oven
a roll of ascetate
a good mandoline
a food mill
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Old 02-17-2007, 05:43 PM   #9
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I agree you def. should consider adding:

Kitchen Aid Mixer - I was previously adviced to purchase the Hobart Kitchen Aid Model because the new ones now just don't last as long....I guess the Hobart are built better. I love mine!

Food Processor

Microplane

Cast Iron Skillet - I have my mothers. I remember her telling me that if I ever bought another one to buy an older used one manufactured by Griswald.

Really nice cutting board....size depends on the space you have but I like the larger ones so I can push items chopped to the side and continue chopping other things.

Pepper Mill

Good Set of cooking pans..... skillets that can transfer to the oven.
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Old 02-17-2007, 06:19 PM   #10
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Gosh I would say nothing.

Unless you have to spend the money right away, put it aside until you find a need.

But if you gotta buy stuff now would ask myself what do I like to cook.

If you like to bake, a KA is very useful.

Don't know how good your knives are but a good chef knife is always a good investment. There are many and you might want to spend a bit of time figuring out which you might want to own.

Always like pots and pans I can put in the oven, start a dish on top of the stove and move the pan into the oven. You can often get very good buys at restaurant supply stores.

But think about what you want to cook.

If you really want to make your own tortillas, you might wish a tortilla press (although Mexican women have made them for centuries without them).

Didn't see a food processor on your list. Those can be very useful.

Course you can always buy cookbooks, and that is another question altogether.

To sum it up, figure out what you want to cook, or what you have found lacking, and go from there.

Five hundred bucks for a cooking bash, sounds great. Enjoy.
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