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Must-haves for a grad student's kitchen? Here's what I've gathered so far...

bob.loblaw | | May 19, 2010 12:20 PM

I'm headed to grad school in the fall and because I lived with my parents through college to save money, this will be my first kitchen of my own.

I've been trying to round up extra/older kitchen tools and gadgets at home that no one is using, but for the items I do spend money on, I want them to be of good quality. I'm willing to spend a little extra if I know that something might be able to last me for a long time.

So far, I've been able collect these items from some parent-approved home scavenging:
4 Cup Cuisinart food processor
Liquid Measuring Cup
Dry Measuring Cups
Handheld Grater
Pastry Brush
Handheld Mixer
Vegetable Peeler
Mortar and Pestle
Flour Sifter
Two Steak Knives
Cooling Rack
6 qt. Le Crueset Dutch Oven (broken knob)

I was also able to buy a Wusthof Classic set on sale for $220. I set included: 8" Bread Knife, 8" Chef's Knife, 5" Santoku Knife, 5" Serrated Utility Knife, 3.5" Paring Knife, Kitchen Sheers and a sharpener. I've been reading more and more how I only need a paring, chef's and serrated knife and that anything else is just superfluous, but I still feel good about my purchase.

I also bought a 12" Lodge pre-seasoned cast iron skillet. I got a 6" skillet too since I'll be making breakfast for one quite a bit, but I'm debating on whether to return it for an 8" or 10" skillet.

I'm seriously considering purchasing a Tramontina cookware set from Walmart. America's Test Kitchen said it was a best buy at $200 and it includes: 10'' saute pan, 12" saute pan, 2-qt. covered sauce pan, 4-qt. covered sauce pan, 5-qt. covered Dutch oven, 12-qt. covered stock pot.

Here's what I figure I still need to get:
Electric Kettle (I drink a lot of tea)
2 heavy duty Cookie/Jelly Roll Sheets
Roaster/Casserole Pan
Cake Pan
Mixing Bowls
Cutting Board
Dry Measuring Spoon Set
Spoons (Metal/Wood and Slotted/Unslotted)
Towels and Mitts

Any thoughts or suggestions? Am I including something silly or forgetting something important? And are there any brands that you all would consider best buys for someone in my situation?

And my parents are encouraging me to get a crock pot so I can make meals while in class... I've never used a crock pot before really and I'm uncertain as to whether I'd really use one if I got it. Anybody care to share their crock pot experiences?