Friday, 15 September 2017

Basic kitchen essentials when furnishing a flat.

In my last two posts I have written about 10 things to do when renting a flat and look out for when choosing a flat to rent, I then followed a post about furnishing the flat with basic essentials and finally this post is all about what basic kitchen essentials we bought for the flat.

Although it is not essential and compulsory to have all these items, it certainly makes life easier if you do have them, especially if you are a foodie and enjoy cooking and spending time in the kitchen.

Below is a list of items we added to the kitchen.:

1. Kettle, this is just a basic design that does the job.
2. Toaster, Sandwich toaster, both these items are handy and extremely useful. It saves having to use the grill in the oven and much safer.
3. Microwave, not essential but really handy to warm up food and make quick speedy meals.


4. Plates, bowl, mugs, glasses, these are essential and a necessity in any kitchen.


5. Microwave safe glass dish and server, I love having these as you can cook nad serve in the same container.
6. Food storage containers, always useful to have to store cookies, cereals, spices, grains to keep them fresh.


7. Cutlery spoons, forks, knives, teaspoons, these are an essential item and a must in any kitchen.


8. Cooking utensils such as chopping knife, paring knife, kitchen scissors, wooden spoons, silicon spatula, whisk, grater. I like these items as some of them are two in one saving space .



9.Disposable chopping boards, these make clean up easy and less chances of cross contamination.




10. Saucepans, frying pan, wok, these basic cookware is again another essential to cook in.
11. Baking trays, roasting tin, pie dish.


12. Place mats and coasters.
13.Oven gloves and tea towels
14. Sink Tidy, This handy sink tidy will hold the washing up liquid, scourers,sponges and dishcloth in this rotatable sink tidy.


15. Single Tea Server- This is must for a tea drinker!!!



The kitchen is now fully equipped and has everything for meal preparation, storage and serving. Many of the items featured in this post were gifts from brands which we are very grateful. All the items have been extremely useful and we will make full use of them.

We would like to thank Sainsburys Home for the crockery, OXO for the bakeware, Aldi for the saucepans, Gourmet gadgetry for the sandwich toaster, Pavara for sink tidy and also Tomorrows Kitchen who provided the turner and  tongs, vegetable knive and brushutensil tidy, vacuum storage containersHerb and spice pots, disposable chopping boardssingle serve steamer and the single tea server. 

Its personal choice of each individual how they equip their kitchen and this depends on how much they are going to spend time in the kitchen and if they plan to cook or not. My daughter like me is a foodie, she loves cooking so some items that we have added may not be necessary for those who don't have an interest in baking etc.

What items do you think is necessary to equip in a kitchen??? Can you recommend anything else we could have added???

82 comments:

  1. Oh I love how organized everything is! Definitely will use some of these tips, especially for storage!

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  2. My kitchen essentials include a water filter and a decent sized wok as I cook a lot of stir frys!

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    1. Yes we have a wok but did not think of a water filter, great idea especially if its a hard water area.

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  3. Ih snap! I have that toastie maker, it literally is a life saver.

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  4. Great post!! I need a new sandwich maker. I recently moved house so will definitely look out for some of these! xx

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    1. Definitely get one you will enjoy hot sandwiches then.

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  5. Great post - my eldest daughter is about to get her first flat with her boyfriend and will need all these! Kaz x

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  6. How well planned out is this kitchen, I think I actually need to get myself a toastie maker, I bet that is so useful to have.

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    1. I can't revommend it enough , I love hot sandwiches rather than cold.

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  7. A lovely collection of essentials. Personally? I think EVERY kitchen needs a sandwich maker! ;)

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  8. What a great set up. I haven't had a sandwich toaster in years and now I'm thinking I need to get one, I totally forgot about them!

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  9. This post would be so handy for someone who is moving out for the first time. There is something u are bound to forget I know I did when moved out of my parents. For me one of my big kitchen essentials now is a good coffee maker.

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    1. Yes its nice to add a few personal favorite items to the list.

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  10. Those storage jars too really food - far better than the cheap pound shop ones I had when I just moved out of my parents house. Got to say I would pick a toaster over a sandwich toastie maker- my toastie maker has been sat collecting dust for a long time!

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    1. Yes a toastie maker is not essential, however we do love our sandwiches hot rather than cold, you could easily leave it off the list.

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  11. That's a really useful post, I always forget something when I'm moving

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  12. Such a helpful post, moving can be hectic and it can easy to forget for sure

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    1. Yes there are so many things to organise and think of, lists ate a great way to remember everything.

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  13. So much organized you seem to be. These are really essentials for kitchen. I miss 2 of the things from it , single tea server and chopper. I don't use chopper and don't drink tea, so these are missing:)

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    1. I think most items are really to personal preference and depends on your usage.

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  14. This serves as a really good checklist for anyone setting up a kitchen and wants to make sure they have all the basics covered. You could prepare so much with the things you have highlighted here.

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    1. Yes it makes the kitchen functional which is what you need to start off with .

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  15. This is a very helpful post for first time buyers

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  16. You have such a great list, so comprehensive, specially the sink tidy and mats that are not on mind!

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  17. You have a super organised kitchen. The kettle is always the first thing I look for when I move

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    1. Thankyou , yes a cup of tea is a must,

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  18. It looks like you have everything covered here. A toastie maker is an essential.

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    1. I am glad you agree, I do prefer a warm toastie compared to a cold sandwich any day.

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  19. I couldn't be without my chopping boards and knives as I'm always making fresh food x

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    1. Having good wuality knives is a must not just for food prep but for safety too.

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  20. I'm literally so happy I just read this post... I am moving into a new flat next month and this is perfect for inspiration. x

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    1. Hi Amy do check my previous two posts about things to check for before you move in and how to furnish too.

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  21. This is such a perfect list and works well for going to university. I miss having a toasty maker!

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    1. Yes you can add or take away some things and customise the list.

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  22. These are some great essentials and I always remember being really surprised when I moved out first by how much stuff you need to actually be sorted.

    Laura x

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    1. Yes they soon add up but we have tried to keep the list to bare minimum with the exception of a couple of extras.

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  23. Most of the stuff you mentioned above are a must and if you want it to be convenient. Though I would like to have one of that single tea server.

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  24. These are definitely essentials - there's always so much to think about isn't there?

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    1. I know that's why a list always helps.

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  25. Shared your post with a close family member that just moved! This will come in handy! I like that you have pictures with everything you mention is necessary!

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  26. This would be a great list, especially for college students going out on their own for the first time. I have seen sandwich toasters but never used one. I will have to try one out.

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  27. This is a comprehensive list to furnish a kitchen for beginner. All the stuff is very useful in cooking and necessary too. Nice tips!

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  28. I love furnishing the flat and kitchen is probably my favourite! you've definitely nailed this

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  29. I don't think that I could have a kitchen without a microwave in it. It's such an essential part in making cooking easier and heating up meals.

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  30. I have been living for the last years without a mivrowave but I do have a juicer and an extra mini oven 🤣

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  31. Love the idea of the single serve steamer, I've always been put off buying them because they're so bulky!
    ♥ Fran - frannymac.com xx

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  32. you sound super organised! I have a teeny kitchen in my house so we have to plan our space too

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  33. I need that spice rack and the single tea maker is brilliant, I need that too x

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  34. A great set of essentials, i love the look of the tea server. Never tried one of those before!

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  35. Everything looks so tidy and organised. I love your list and can't think of anything missing.

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  36. I love these posts from you Nayna where you share all your tips for moving in and furnishing a new house. I have to try that tea server, major tea lover here. :D

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  37. This is such a great post, I know that it may seem obvious what you need inna kitchen but when you're moving out on your own it's a daunting process and sometimes you just don't remember the basics you need because you're there nking about the bigger things.

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  38. These ideas shared here to organize the kitchen are amazing. I always need a handy list which can help me to setup my kitchen and this surely going to help.

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  39. Due to our kitchen being tiny we've had to learn to live without a microwave. I miss it for starting off jacket potatoes but that's about it!

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  40. We are looking at moving house soon so will have to remember these

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  41. You've chosen some lovely kitchen equipment, love the lime green theme you've got. I couldn't live without my toaster, it's in constant use!

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  42. I've been trying to think of what you might have missed...tea towels? Kitchen roll? Cling film and foil? You've got all of the basics covered I think though.

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  43. What a helpful post. Yes a toaster and kettle are definitely kitchen essentials for everyone.

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  44. This is so handy! I know so many people are only just moving into halls or on their own this month and they most likely need something like this guide!

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  45. I love the tea thing. That looks cool. Nothing beat a good cup of tea. How do you like it?

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  47. Kettle and toaster have always been my essential items!

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  48. i think you got it all covered. Good choices!

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  49. This really is pretty much all you need. I've been living in airbnb's for a year now and am always suprised how they lack so much basic kitchen products.

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  50. Very thorough list! Although all of the items are essentials, as a non coffee drinker, the single tea server is by far my favorite!

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  51. I love the tools. Defitely when I start to using my kitche I will make order on Sainsburys Home which is the best home tool.

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  52. This will be really handy for first time renters or buyers. I would say a microwave is essential too haha

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  53. I think the microwave is so important when you just move in because that's when I'm at my most lazy!!

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  54. I love the idea of a utensil holder for when cooking! Never really thought about it but it would be really handy!

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  55. This is a great post for anyone heading to uni or getting their first home. I wish I'd got a sandwich toaster earlier!

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  56. i think you have covered this well

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  57. These posts have been great for ideas, would love the items in a list form to print out for my two when they move

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  58. Wow!! What a great idea!! I really loved how organized that you make. I really like that spice container that you have. I will definitely check that.

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