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Published on March 9th, 2018 | by Jones

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Student essentials: furnishing a new kitchen when you move

When you reach the point of moving out of home, it can be daunting. You may not know exactly what to pack for your new home, especially when it comes to the kitchen. Below are some useful tips outlining what you absolutely need to kit out your kitchen when you move.

Crockery

Having crockery means that you will have something to eat off of, and is essential even if your residential premises (or ‘res’) is catered for. You may have a late evening of studying and miss out on the dinner offered and have to make your own, which means you will need crockery.

As a student, you should not need more than a sixteen-piece set of dinner plates, side plates and bowls. Be sure that they are microwave and dishwasher friendly, if you have access to such appliances. Avoid buying cheap plastic crockery, as you can continue to use your porcelain or stoneware dishes when you move into another res or apartment.

Cutlery

Again, having cutlery allows you to be more independent of the set dinner times, and if you are in an apartment on your own, you will need cutlery in order to cook and eat. Choose a sixteen to twenty four-piece set, as having more cutlery than less is always useful.

If you prefer to keep it simple, buy only the amount of cutlery you need, and ensure that it is of a high quality. Look for stainless steel cutlery with sturdy handles so it will not break or bend easily. If you are planning on entertaining, be sure that you have enough cutlery for everyone to have a knife, fork and dessert spoon. Look for more unique pieces such as fish knives, paring knives and cake forks if you are an adventurous chef.

Non-perishable goods

One of the most important things in a kitchen is, of course, the food so be sure that you pack a good amount of non-perishable goods to stock up for the first few months. Include items such as canned beans, ready-made Nestle Maggi sauces, rice, pasta and even dried lentils.

Having these items in your kitchen will allow you to put a simple meal together quickly and easily when you need it most, especially if you are living independently. If you are in a res, tinned tuna, crackers, peanut butter and rice cakes are perfect for handy, easy-to-make snacks between lectures.

Chopping knives and chopping board

Chopping knives are different to normal cutlery knives because they are used to chop vegetables, meat, fish and other ingredients. Often they are sharper and have serrated edges, which make them ideal for perfect cuts of meat and vegetables.

A chopping board is essential if you are renting an apartment or living in a digs. This is because it will prevent you from chopping ingredients directly on the kitchen counter surface (causing damages which you will be liable for) or on an uneven plate. Be sure that you have a different chopping board for meat and one for vegetables, in order to avoid food poisoning and hygiene issues.

Pots and pans

You will not be able to cook anything without pots and pans, so be sure they are on the top of your list of items to pack. There are many different types of pots and pans to choose from, so be sure to research this before buying any.

Stainless steel is a popular choice because these pots and pans do not stain, corrode, or react with your ingredients and last for a long period of time. Non-stick pots and pans are perfect for those who do not enjoy cleaning up after cooking and cast-iron allows for highly accurate heat distribution. Consider what is most important to you when looking at pots and pans.

Casserole dish

If you have access to an oven, you should add a casserole dish to your shopping list. You may find yourself eating a lot of “one dish, one pan or one pot” meals out of pure simplicity and if you enjoy pasta bakes, a casserole dish is ideal for you.

Always be sure that your casserole dish will fit into the oven in your new apartment or digs, as having one that is too big will defeat the object. Casserole dishes come in a different range of shapes and sizes, and depending on how much food you want to make, can help with cooking in bulk. Look for casserole dishes made from enamelled cast-iron, as these will last longer and incur less wear and tear.

Choose carefully

When packing for a move into your new apartment, it is important to choose what you put into your kitchen wisely. Look for quality over price, as while you may spend more, you will get more use out of the items. Don’t forget to include cooking utensils, rubbish bin bags, paper towel and cleaning equipment in your shopping trolley, as these will come in handy. If you are unable to afford the more expensive quality items, save up for them and reward yourself at the end of a semester with a new casserole dish or some stunning dinnerware.

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