Martha's Kitchen Must-Haves

Martha Stewart Living, November 2009

Whether you're starting from scratch or expanding your collection, these are the items Martha says every kitchen requires. This guide is also a great shopping list for newlyweds.

Cooking Basics
1 1/2-quart saucepan with cover
4-quart saucepan with cover
10- or 12-inch cast-iron skillet
Medium saute pan
Steamer insert (basket)
Medium Dutch oven
2-quart baking dish
Nonstick frying pan
Stockpot
Shallow stainless steel roasting pan
Instant-read thermometer
Pepper mill

Preparation Utensils
Stainless steel mixing bowls
Bowl scrapers
Whisk
Wooden spoons
Stainless steel ladle
Colander
Cutting boards
Silicone spatulas
Cookie spatula
Stainless steel box grater
Stainless steel tongs (long)
Vegetable peeler
Fine sieve
Slotted spoon
Cooking spoon
Long-handled fork
Kitchen shears
Kitchen timer
Vegetable brush
Can opener
Vegetable slicer (mandoline)
Garlic press
Citrus reamer
Basting brush (silicone)
Salad spinner
Microplane zester
Wire skimmer
Potato masher

Measuring and Baking
Measuring spoons
Dry measuring cups
Liquid measuring cups
Oven thermometer
9-inch round baking pan
Springform pan
Baking sheets
Nonstick baking mats
Cooling racks
9-inch pie plates (glass and metal)
Muffin tin
Loaf pan
Flour sifter
Parchment paper
Rolling pin
Kitchen scale
Pastry brush
Dough scraper
Biscuit cutters

Basic Knives
3 1/2-inch paring knife
8-inch heavy chef's knife
8-inch bread knife

Small Appliances
Food processor
Blender
Coffee/spice grinder
Coffeemaker
Stand mixer
Toaster/toaster oven
Microwave

See Home Design with Kevin Sharkey: Order in the Kitchen for Martha's tips on organizing a kitchen.

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