Stocking Your First Kitchen

The essentials for your first kitchen

Your finally on your own! Whether you just left your parents house or a college dorm room, furnishing your new space may seem daunting. Here’s a guide to the must-haves for your first kitchen.


  • Microwave (if your new place doesn’t provide one)
  • Toaster oven (prepares more than just toast)
  • Blender (or Nutribullet)
  • Coffee maker or Keurig
  • Waffle maker
  • Electric water boiler or tea kettle
  • Rice cooker (many come with a steam tray to prepare meat or veggies along with the rice)
  • Slow cooker (toss some food in in the morning and its ready when you get home!)

Staple items

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Spices (salt, pepper, chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic and onion powder)
  • Instant pancake mix
  • Canned soup
  • Cereal

Cooking essentials

  • A few high quality pots and pans (if you buy a set many come with various cooking utensils as well)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Spatulas
  • Whisk
  • Slotted spoon
  • Mixing bowls
  • Bakeware
  • Cheap silverware
  • Can opener
  • Scissors (have separate kitchen and general use scissors)

When it comes to meal planning, it depends on what you like to eat. You won’t be able to survive on pizza and fast food anymore, unfortunately. Check out this super easy go-to grocery list below that you can expand on based on your tastes.

Grocery List

  • Sandwich bread or bagels
  • Tortillas
  • Lunch meats
  • Sliced and shredded cheese
  • Fruits (apples and bananas last a while)
  • Seasonal veggies or frozen veggies will be cheaper and last longer!
  • Pasta sauce
  • Meat (you can freeze ground beef and chicken breasts to make them last way longer)
  • Freezer meals
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Dairy (milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese)
  • Halo Top ice cream
  • Fruit juice
  • String cheese

With all of these ingredients on-hand, it’s easy to whip up a quick and healthy meal in no time!

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