What to buy for a new kitchen

What to buy for a new kitchen

Whether you’re heading to university (or waving someone off), kitting out a new kitchen, or simply want to treat yourself to something really useful – here’s our essential guide to kitchen kit. From batch cooking to one-pan fry-ups, this collection of must-have equipment will cover all your cooking needs!


As the key tools of the kitchen, we recommend one small saucepan, for jobs such as boiling eggs and veggies, and one large saucepan for boiling pasta, making sauces, and batch cooking classics like Bolognese and stews. And, of course, a frying pan is vital for pancakes, fried eggs, browning meat and stir-fries.


A set of three knives, including a small paring knife, a utility knife and a larger chef’s knife will cover most kitchen tasks – from peeling fruit or slicing tomatoes to prepping meat or chopping larger fruit. Add a bread knife to your collection, and you’ll be set. In terms of spoons, a couple of wooden ones and a large metal spoon will see you through most mixing and serving scenarios.


We think two differently sized chopping boards is a good idea, to take you from smaller jobs like slicing lemons or garlic to bigger prep tasks like jointing a chicken. Likewise, two or three mixing bowls will be invaluable for everything from separating eggs and beating a cake batter to making a quick, easy (and cheap!) bread dough.


For roasting meat and mixed veg, or simply heating through leftovers in the oven, a good-sized baking tray is essential. And, if you’re a budding baker, then you also need a loaf tin, a sandwich tin, and a muffin tin.


Here are our five recommended extras: a cheese grater, a sieve, a hand whisk, a speed-peeler and, of course, the all-important tin opener!

And finally, no kitchen is complete without Jamie’s brilliant recipes! Take a look at the full collection of Jamie’s cookbook titles here and make sure you’ve always got your favourite recipes close to hand.

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