Setting Up A New Kitchen

(or refreshing an older kitchen)

No matter who you talk to, opinions vary on what they consider “essential” items in their kitchens. However, most agree that the right “tools” always make the job easier.

When setting up a new kitchen (for your first home, at a new cottage, or simply refreshing your kitchen after years of use), do your best to opt for “quality” rather than “quantity” -- buy the best items you can comfortably afford.

Quality items will end up costing you less in the long run, since they have to be replaced far less often than their poorly made counterparts. While everyone has their favourite kitchen tools, most would agree that the following items should be found in a well-stocked kitchen:

8” Chef’s knife Mac Knife Cutting board Epicurean
Paring knife Wüsthof Coffee maker Keurig or Bodum
Bread knife Wüsthof Toaster Krups
Food thermometer CDN Proaccurate Grinder Danesco
Measuring cups Sleekstor Collapsibles Blender Krups
Measuring spoons Cuisipro Food processor Cuisinart
Tongs Cuisipro Cuisipro Commercial Quality Wine glasses Riedel
Vegetable peeler Chef’N Palm Peeler Flatware Henckels
Colander Sleekstore Collapsible Dinnerware Gordon Ramsay or Denby
Rubber spatula Cuisipro Silicone Casserole/Baking dishes Emile Henry
Whisk Cuisipro Stock pot Le Creuset Cast Iron
Slotted spoon Cuisipro 10” frying pan Swiss Diamond
Sheet pan/cookie sheet Chicago Metallic Pots & pans Gordon Ramsay Cookware
Can opener Zyliss Lift & Lock Salt & pepper grinders Peugeot
Oven mitts/pot holder Kitchen Grips Mixer Cuisinart Stand Mixer
Spatula/turner Chef’N Flipper Mandoline OXO Good Grips
Clay Bakers Romertopf or Schlemmertopf Bake Forms Kaiser Bake Forms