14 Kitchen Basics on a Budget

1 - Measuring Cups & Spoons

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1 - Measuring Cups & Spoons

Why you need it: Measuring cups and spoons are must-haves for every kitchen, as nearly any recipe you'll come across calls for exact measurements.

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2 - Skillet

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2 - Skillet

Why you need it: Affordable and durable, a skillet is believed by many as the one pan you need in your kitchen cooking arsenal. Deep sides, an extended handle, non-stick properties, and exceptional heat-retention make skillets a versatile choice for making everything from chicken to cornbread, and pork chops to vegetables.

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3 - Knives

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3 - Knives

Why you need it: High-quality knives are investments that will pay off in the form of smooth, frustration-free slicing and dicing experiences while cooking. Most chefs agree that beginners should have several types of sharpened blades in stock, including a Santoku knife, a bread knife, and a paring knife.

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4 - Dutch Oven

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4 - Dutch Oven

Why you need it: The versatile Dutch oven has been in use for centuries. Amazingly durable with dual stovetop and oven functionality, it can be used to make everything from stews to cakes to pizzas to pies. A lid that doubles as a skillet extends the Dutch oven's repertoire to include fried meats, eggs and beyond.

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5 - Tools & Gadgets

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5 - Tools & Gadgets

Why you need it: Stocking your kitchen with essential tools and basic gadgets can shave off time and increase efficiency when prepping, cooking and baking your favorite dishes. From vegetable spiralizers to magnetic timers, and instant read thermometers to ceramic egg crates, cooking is easier and faster when you’ve got our tools and gadgets within easy reach.

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