How to Set up Your First Kitchen so You Can Finally Feed Yourself Like an Adult

Not sure how to plunge into the toilet? Still glued to the wall posters of Scarface? Not sure if this shirt really needs to be washed or will last for a few more days? We were there and we are here for you. This is Lifehacker’s Summer of Adulting series in which we introduce you to some real-world basics to help you take responsibility for your life. Now put those pong beer cups away – we have work to do.

In this episode, we’ll show you how to equip your first kitchen.

Cooking Basics

  • Chef knife (8 or 10 inches)
  • Cutting board
  • Pan (something in the 12-inch range)
  • Baking tray
  • Spatulas
  • Opener
  • Peeler
  • Colander

Non-food preparation tools

  • Silver for four
  • Sponge and dish soap
  • Garbage bags
  • Fire extinguisher (be sure to check the expiration date!)

A few tips for shopping at grocery stores

  • Grilled chicken can be a varied meal throughout the week.
  • Foods that can get you out of your energy slump include oatmeal, bananas, yogurt, cereals, and almonds.
  • You can garnish a can of tomato sauce with your own fresh herbs, chili flakes, or red wine.
  • Don’t forget about spices. Some are always worth having on hand: salt, pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, dried oregano, and bagel dressing.

In the next installment, we’ll talk about basic home decorations.


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