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Old 02-09-2013, 05:51 PM   #1
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New kitchen from scratch? Give me a list!

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Old 02-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #2
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We actually did this last year when we moved, and this was my list:
A dozen mason jars for glasses (and countless dozen more for canning!)
Rice Cooker
Crock Pot
Pressure Canner
Water Bath Canner
Kitchen aid stand mixer
A full set of cast iron pans for cooking with
A few nice ceramix baking dishes
1 stainless pot for boiling water
A dozen flats for napkins/cleaning
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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This is a hard one for me. We are always the hosts for parties so I find we need more than the average family at least once per month. Based on what I use daily and not for entertaining/feeding a crowd I would need:
Several coffee mugs
Several small bowls to coordinate for serving desserts, applesauce, cottage cheese, etc.
Pots and pans-including soup pot
Three bamboo spoons
2 large chef's knives
1pearing knife
2-3 Serving spoons
Mixing bowl set
Kitchen aid mixer and one spatula
Baking sheet
Nice 9x13 pan with lid
Nice 8x8 pan with lid
Cupcake tin
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Old 02-10-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Oh wow this is hard for me. Our kitchen is far from minimal because we love to cook/bake/experiment, and we also can and brew. I don't mind because we use it all, but if we were rebuilding from scratch we'd have far less than we do now.

If had to rebuild from scratch and leaving out canning/brewing supplies, my list would be:

Enough plates, bowls, cups, mugs and silverware for your family and your average number of guests.
Wine glasses

Stove top:
Medium/small skillet
Large skillet
Sauce pot
Stock pot
Dutch Oven

Roasting pan
1 large casserole dish (size good for lasagna, bar cookies, and brownies)
1 or 2 small casserole dishes (I like 4x4)
2 cookie sheets
Muffin tin
2 bread pans
2 cake pans
Pizza stone (ours never leaves our oven)
Silpats or parchment paper
2 cooling racks

2 egg turners - 1 really thin flexible one for frying eggs, one thicker sturdier one for heavier items
2 silicone spatulas
Chef knife
Paring knife
Carving knife (we also use ours for bread)
Vegetable peeler
3 wood/bamboo spoons

Dry goods measuring cups
Wet goods measuring cups (a 2 cup one)
Measuring spoons
1 set of the thin plastic cutting boards
Enough flour sack towels to last between your laundry days
Electric mixer
Crock pot
Coffee pot
Mixing bowls
Food storage containers for left overs
Can opener
Bottle opener
Cork screw
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:26 PM   #5
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Bare minimum:

Chef knife
Paring knife
Bread Knife
cutting board
Spatula (that you flip pancakes with)
Silicone spatula (that you mix things with)
Measuring cups (or one pyrex one)
Measuring spoons
Mixing Bowl
Dutch oven or stockpot
smaller saucepot
colander/wire basket
Oblong baking pan
Can opener
Bottle opener
Wine opener
Meat thermometer
Timer (if you don't have one on your big appliances)
Cleaning rags

I would start with this and then see what I miss or need duplicates of.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:49 PM   #6
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It really is going to depend on how your family eats, what you cook from scratch, etc. If you are someone that buys a lot of premade items your needs list would look drastically different than someone that makes everything from scratch. Even the type of diet will change your list too.

The bare minimum basics for me would be:
set of dishes, silverware, glasses, mason jars for storage
2 mixing bowls, pyrex 913 & 88 pans
pie pan, cookie sheet, bread pan
stainless steel spatula and small set of bamboo mixing spoons
bamboo cutting board, colander, sieve
Knives:chefs knife, filet knife, paring knife, bread knife
Measuring spoons, dry measure cups, 1c. pyrex liquid measuring cup
Large and small stockpots, large skillet, small shallow saucepan
Kettle, french press

Extras: crockpot, vitamix, kitchenaid mixer, mandolin slicer, salad spinner, stovetop popcorn maker, dehydrator.

We cook lots of things from scratch, grow our own veggies and have our own chickens, ducks and goats. We are very minimalist about this I think but we do have some extras that really save us time. For example I use the mixer all the time for making homemade sourdough bread. I could survive fine without it but am more likely to make bread for our large family since I do have it. The crockpot almost always has either meat stock brewing, yogurt fermenting or is cooking us a nice dinner on the nights we come home late. The dehydration saves me from having to can tons of things in the summer. If we left the farm and went back to buying bread and dairy products from the store I might not need it all.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:31 AM   #7
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Have you checked out Mark Bittman's minimalist kitchen list?
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