Kitchen Must-Have Utensils for Your First Apartment

You’re moving to a new apartment? Congratulations! in this article we’ll discuss the kitchen must-haves utensils for your new place.

No kitchen is complete without cooking utensils. After all, how else are you going to craft the perfect meals to enjoy? But, we get it. If you’re stocking your very first kitchen, then you might not know what utensils you need. Here’s a list of our kitchen must haves.

12 Must Have Utensils

Strainer (Colander)

A strainer is especially important for the pasta lovers out there. However, it can be useful for a number of situations. 

Whenever you need to drain water from steaming or boiling food, having a strainer makes the process much easier and quicker. 

Knives and Cutting Board

Whether you’re chopping vegetables, fruit, or herbs and spices, knives and a cutting board are essential for any first kitchen. 

Moreover, a cutting board can even be used to help flatten and thin meat before cooking! 

While you might think you can get away with chopping your food on a plate, a cutting board will offer you much more support and consistency. Plus, a wood cutting board will come in handy if you ever plan on assembling a charcuterie board for get-togethers at your apartment.


Spatulas have a wide variety of uses in the kitchen. Silicone spatulas are great for helping you mix ingredients in a large bowl, while wooden, metal, and plastic spatulas are ideal for flipping food in a pan. 

Measuring Cups and Spoons

Have you ever tried measuring out ingredients with a regular spoon or by guesstimating? You probably ended up with varying results. 

Save yourself time and guesswork by picking up a good set of measuring cups and spoons. 

Mixing Bowls

A bowl for mixing ingredients together is crucial for baking and making pancakes and waffles. A mixing bowl gives you a lot of leverage to get creative while whipping up that perfect batter. 


Sometimes a spatula just isn’t helpful when you’re cooking certain foods. Handling large meat in a skillet or potatoes boiling in a pot requires a tool that gives you a bit of a grip. 

Tongs are the perfect, but sometimes forgotten, utensil to keep in your kitchen drawers. 


Mixing together ingredients is much easier with a whisk in hand. Spoons and spatulas can leave clumps of flour or cocoa powder in your batter or mixture. 


Although you might have some larger spoons already, a ladle is useful for dolloping out soup and stirring a simmering broth. 

Can Opener

A can opener is one of the easiest utensils you could miss out on. Since a can opener is sometimes only thought about when you actually need one, take a proactive approach and put this utensil at the top of your kitchen must-haves utensils.


If you want to peel potatoes, carrots, or fruit, you’re going to need a peeler. Trying to cut off the outside edges of a potato without a peeler is a bit awkward, and you’ll miss out on usable potato slices. 


If you love buying blocks of cheese but want to finish off your pasta or dish with some finely shredded cheese, you’ll want to be sure you pick up a grater. 

Pizza Cutter

Even if you don’t make your own homemade pizza, a pizza cutter will probably get more use than you might expect. And the difference between a pizza cut with a knife and an actual pizza cutter is night and day. 

[Related: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens]

Once you have all your utensils and other essential kitchen items, it’s time to start cooking! Visit Good Home Chef on Instagram or Pinterest, or take a peek at our website to find a wide variety of recipes to try out! 

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