Kitchen Essentials

Cooking Away From Home

If you are cooking in a smaller kitchen and don't have a lot of storage space, here are some of the essential things you may need:

  • Microwave-safe bowls
  • 9x9 inch baking dish
  • 2 or 3 quart sauce pan
  • Sharp knives and at least one paring knife
  • Liquid and dry measuring cups
  • Cutting board
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • Can and bottle opener
  • Small hand grater
  • Colander
  • Potholder
  • Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, zip lock bags
  • Sponge
  • Paper towels

If your living space doesn't come equipped with an oven or stove top, you might consider buying a toaster oven, hot plate, and/or countertop grill, all of which can be great tools for saving space and preparing small meals quickly.

Crock pots or slow cookers are also useful for a busy lifestyle. Just throw all of your ingredients in the pot before you leave in the morning, let them cook and simmer throughout the day, and when you come home around dinner time your meal will be ready to serve!

Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions before using a new cooking appliance, making sure to follow the safety guidelines as well as safe food-handling recommendations.