Kitchen es­sen­tials

Cecil Whig - - & & -

Num­ber 1: guisher.

Num­ber 2: Knives. If you can find a set that comes with a wooden block, shears and at least a chef knife, a car ving knife, par­ing knives and per­haps a bread knife, that’s ex­actly what you need. Try the Utopia Kitchen 13-piece Set, which costs about $ 26.

Num­ber 3: Pots and pans. You can go broke on pots and pans, or you can go smart with a high- qual­ity ba­sic set like the Cook N Home 12- Piece Stain­less Steel Set. You want to make sure you have at least one skil­let, a cou­ple of saucepans and a larger pot for soups and stock. Each piece in that set comes with a glass lid. It costs about $ 55.

Num­ber 4: Mea­sur­ing cups and spoons. The Ac­cor 11- piece Mea­sur­ing Set fills the bill. It only costs about $ 16.

Num­ber 5: Dish tow­els. You’ll save a ton of money us­ing these in­stead of pa­per tow­els. A 24-pack of white cot­ton pro­fes­sion­al­grade tow­els, like the set from Utopia costs about $20.

Num­ber 6: A strainer. The Belle­main Mi­croPer­fo­rated Stain­less Steel 5- quart Colan­der is per­fect for all of your colan­der­iza­tion ( Is that a word?) needs. It costs about $ 16.

Num­ber 7: Tongs. The OXO Good Grips 12- inch Stain­less Lock­ing Tongs are my first choice. The price is about $ 12.

Num­ber 8: Bak­ing dishes. You want Pyrex bak­ing dishes. With the 2- piece Pyrex Ba­sics Ob­long Glass Bak­ing Dish Set, you can bake a cake and a casse­role at the same time! The set costs about $ 17. Fire Ex­tin-

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