Figured a thread like this might be useful. Achaeans helping other Achaeans out with anything related to irl advice - health, jobs, advice etc.
Anyone know any good kitchenware brands that don't cost an arm and leg?
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For toaster I'd recommend a toaster oven, For example. More versatile. Blender vitamix is ridiculous good but stupid expensive. Works have to do more research for that... I just use a robot coupe... Erin.. what do they call r those things... I use the kitchenaide home version. Blenderthingy...
What else do people have in their kitchens.. microwave? Dont have one...
But what do you mean by kitchenware? Are you looking for pots and pans? Appliances? Utensils? Details, man, we can't work with this otherwise!
I have this, which is rather cheap as far as good knives go.
I'm looking for "everything" (useful) because I have nothing atm and kinda broke
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Edit: Forgot to add that you can also find cheap mediocre crap at the "As seen on TV" Store located in a mall. They have semi-useful stuff but they will have a blender type item. Buy this instead of some conventional blender. That is all.
Edit #2: Also forgot, Crock pot. If you are going to buy a crock pot because that seems to be something cheap and easy that you will absolutely love do not get a cheap one and try to get a brand like Rival, because that's the brand I use and love.
I look at kitchen and wonder what do you need. I dint know because I'm not you. You have enough to get by. I'd toast bread in your oven.. buy a good pot/pan set from Amazon or group on, test it nice and you'll be fine
- Cutting board/s
- Knife block
- Wine glasses
- Crock pot as @Achimrst said, easiest thing to make meals while at work ever.
- Spice Rack
- spices to go in said spice rack
- Rice cooker if you're lazy and like rice
- Some sort of coffee maker
- good nonstick frying pan
- set of pots and pans
- cookie sheets
- pizza pan
I donno what your situation is. Single guy and some weeks I live on grilled cheese because I don't feel like cooking. Whatever you feel you need!
Once you have one, hit me up and I will show you what you can do with that baby. Oh my my.
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damnit, now I'm hungry
I wouldn't spend a ton of money until you're sure it's going to be used. There is no point in buying a muffin pan unless you're going to fix muffins. Kitchens are like tool boxes: upgradable.
Once I do, I expect to get a lesson in crockpotting from @Quisse.
Also, regarding appliances - they're one of those items where it isn't worth it to go cheap - spend the money now on something decent, and it'll serve you for years to come. Cuisinart, Farberware, Oster are reliable brands that stand up to serious usage. Hamilton Beach and Black & Decker are garbage
What I'd call "kitchen essentials" (besides the coffee maker, that's just a life essential, i literally used to carry one in my van "just in case"):
(Besides the obvious plates, cutlery, decent set of cutting knives of various types - a chef's knife, a paring knife, a large serrated knife)
A food processor with an array of attachments.
A good set of tupperware, various sizes.
Butcher's block/wooden cutting board.
A garlic press & a four-sided cheese grater.
Three sauce pans - small, medium, and large - with lids.
One medium/large frying pan.
WOODEN SPOONS. One can never have too many of these. In different shapes, sizes, lengths.
Cooking utensils: frying pan flipper (fuck you, a spatula is a rubber thing you use to scrape bowls out with), spatula, tongs, slotted spoon.
There's a shitload of other stuff that's kitchen-essential, but only if you're a cook. Like Austere said, there's no real reason to buy shit you're never going to use
Makes the house smell yummy too.
Slow cookers are a must
As for coffee maker, French press is the king of all: they're cheap, they make lovely coffee, and they're easy to clean, always a plus. (If you need to make more than three or four mugs' full, you're screwed, though)
Drying rack for when you wash your pots and pans and large bowls by hand. I also like lots of metal mixing bowls of all sizes. I make a lot of marinades and dry rubs and my wife bakes a lot so she is always making different doughs and icings and batters and it is really nice to always have extra bowls sitting around when you need to whisk together a couple of things separately before adding in to the dish.
If you think you take sugar in your coffee, get some goods grounds and a french press and re-evaluate.
I prefer steel mixing bowls over plastic bowls as well. Some recipes require pristinely clean bowls and find them easier to ensure they are clean and dry. Some steel bowls have weights in their base as well which helps me... I sorta fling stuff everywhere.
Never boil a pot dry.
Always watch your pots and pans if you're warming oil in them. That shit catches fire fast.
My definition of good is like $30 lol