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Old 08-06-2007, 11:50 AM   #11
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I'd add several rubber and heat-resistant spatulas, several wooden spoons, a good vegetable peeler, a microplane grater, a meat mallet for tenderizing and flattening meats/poultry, a couple of mesh teaballs (use one for herbs and spices in broths, etc., the other for tea), a 2-quart batter/mixing cup (well, it's really a bowl, but it looks like a cup), cutting boards...

I could go on, but these are things I, literally, use almost daily.
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Old 08-06-2007, 12:03 PM   #12
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I'm a noob cook and my kitchen has, let's say, less than adequate cooking utensils/anything related to cooking. Right now all i have are 3 cutting boards, some lame knives, 1 10 inch frying pan, and 3 pots. What should I get if I want to be serious about cooking?
I'm new to cooking, too, so I'll tell you the stuff I use almost daily.
measuring cups and spoons
oven thermometer (this has made a huge difference)
tongs
large stainless steel serving spoons for stirring - regular & slotted
collander
salt & pepper grinders/mills
half-sheet size baking pan (bun pan) from Sam's or restaurant supply
silicone baking mat (silpat or the like)
mixing bowls
potato peeler
silicone balloon whisk
kitchen scissors
chef's knife
small paring knife
thin, flexible slotted spatula (for turning things)
silicone or rubber spatula (for use when mixing stuff in bowls)

Also nice to have:
roasting pan w/ rack if possible
9 x 13 baking pan
griddle
hand mixer

If you have a restaurant supply place near you, it's a great place to pick up sturdy kitchen necessities. Also Sam's or Costco has a limited selection. WalMart or Target are pretty good for some items. I've had a lot of luck at estate sales and thrift stores in "richer" areas of town. I'm not sure what your budget is but you can outfit a kitchen relatively inexpensively if you have the time to look around and don't need everything to "match". HTH
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:20 PM   #13
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One thing I would do, is get a large stock pot. I make my own stocks, as well as large quantities of soups, and we use the stock pot to cook pasta for spaghetti, stroganoff, corn on the cob, etc.

If you aren't going to be making large quantities of soup, get a 16 qt, thin, enamelled stock pot. They're dirt cheap. Because they're so thin, I wouldn't recommend sauteing anything in it. I have two, a 16 qt and a 22 qt (the big one is SS), and I only use them to boil/simmer liquids.

If you do decide to make some soups, you want a heavy-bottomed pan, either a cast iron dutch oven, or a nice tri-ply Caphalon / All-Clad soup pot, about 4 qt.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:26 PM   #14
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You've received lots of ideas from what others have.

I recommend you play it by ear. If you want to cook something and don't have what you need to cook it, or prepare for cooking it, get that. If you find you keep wishing you had something because it would really come in handy, get that.

A lot of what you need depends on what you cook, how you cook and for how many you cook.

For that same reason, don't ask others to tell you what you need in your pantry.
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Old 08-06-2007, 01:51 PM   #15
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First off. Don't go hog wild buying from retail stores, restaurant supply houses.. Go to the Salvation army, thrift store, good will, ETC.. you can get a lot of starter equipment at these places dirt cheap. Then if you like what they do, go out and buy the good stuff. in a recent survey the most important piece of equipment in the kitchen was "" a Micro wave oven""
My fav piece is my 7 inch Japanese chefs knife Ive had for 40 years
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:20 PM   #16
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Well, I was already considering buying a cast iron pan and some high quality knives but I can't seem to distinguish good companies from bad. Help anyone?
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:42 PM   #17
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Lodge Manufacturing

These folks are well respected in the cast iron business.

Depending on your location it should be easy to find. Sporting goods, hardware, and discount stores would good locations to look.

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Old 08-06-2007, 02:48 PM   #18
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There are many good knives out there and many of our members have their favorites. Check out our knives forum. There is plenty of discussion on how to choose a knife and which are the better ones to consider.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:48 PM   #19
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Our area Wal-Mart stores have Lodge cast-iron cookware. So do the two restaurant supply stores here.
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:49 PM   #20
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oh also..what's the difference between a high quality nonstick pan and a cast iron pan..?
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