5 Must-Have Kitchen Essentials for Your Apartment

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Did you know that more and more consumers are cooking at home, rather than dining out or getting food from fast-food restaurants? With home cooking becoming a popular option, your apartment should have kitchen essentials to make delicious meals fast and easy.

Whether you are an experienced cook or you are just starting out, you can never go wrong with some of these kitchen tools.

1. A Slow Cooker

A good slow cooker is at the top of the kitchen essentials checklist. If you are busy or you like simple recipes, a slow cooker is a kitchen must.

Slow cookers are relatively inexpensive and can cook your food over several hours. You can pop in your dinner before you leave for work and it will be hot and ready by the time you get home.

For some inspiration, check out a few of these slow cooker meals:

Makeover Slow-Cooked Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Quinoa, & Sweet Potato Stew

Vegan Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

2. A Cast Iron Pan

Many home cooks consider the cast iron pan a kitchen staple because of its versatility. A cast iron pan is also safe to use in the oven, so you can easily transfer it from stove to oven.

Cast iron pans are also incredibly durable, so they have an impressive lifespan. You can rely on a cast iron pan as one of your go-to kitchen accessories that can play many roles.

What can you make in a cast iron skillet? You’d be surprised! These cast iron skillet recipes are always a hit!

German Apple Pancake

Easy Cast Iron Pizza

Italian Sausage Veggie Skillet

Vegan Enchiladas Skillet

3. A Good Set of Knives

In order to complete your kitchen essentials checklist, you should own a quality set of knives. You can use them for preparing food, as well as at the dinner table.

A knife collection should include:

  • chef’s knife
  • paring knife
  • steak knives
  • bread knife
  • boning knife

Your cooking experience will be much smoother when you have the right kitchen tools. For instance, it is difficult to chop vegetables with a bread knife.

Sharpen your knife skills to avoid injury.

4. A Can Opener

One of the first kitchen utensils you should buy is a can opener. Though many canned products have pop tabs nowadays, you should always be prepared with a can opener.

Most can openers are hand-operated and low cost. If you want an upgrade, you can buy an automatic can opener that saves you the physical labor.

Sometimes popping open a can or two can make for a quick and easy dinner. Check out this simple canned food recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup that makes use of your slow cooker and can opener! Or this recipe for easy Vegan Taco Soup.

5. An Air Fryer

In the past few years, air fryers have quickly become one of the most popular kitchen essentials. An air fryer is an appliance that can do the work of an oven and other kitchen tools.

Since it is so versatile, replacing multiple appliances with an air fryer is a great way to downsize your things and free up some space in your apartment kitchen while making a healthy, delicious meal.

Here are a few air fryer recipes to get you started:

Cheesy Vegan Potato Wedges

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Homemade Cannoli

Improve Your Cooking With These Kitchen Essentials

You don’t need to have a huge kitchen or fancy tools to cook delicious meals. With these kitchen essentials, you can be prepared to whip up anything in your home or apartment kitchen.

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