The way we registered for our wedding gifts, you’d think we were whipping up eight-course meals for at least 16 people on the regular—even though in reality we’re throwing together pasta four nights a week. We definitely could have used some expert insight regarding the kitchen essentials we would actually need. Here, PureWow’s food editor, Katherine Gillen, provides us with a very manageable list of five items every kitchen should have.
5 Kitchen Essentials, According to PureWow’s Food Editor
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1. Wüsthof Classic 8-inch Chef’s Knife
“Knives are essential for cooking (duh), but I really believe in investing in at least one workhorse knife for chopping veggies and slicing meat and fish. This eight-inch chef’s knife isn’t too big or too small and can be sharpened a bajillion times without compromising quality.”
5. Sur La Table Flour Sack Towels
“I like to keep a ton of these flour sack towels hanging around for drying hands and cleaning up messes in place of paper towels. I also use them instead of oven mitts to grab hot pans out of the oven. When they get dirty, just toss them in the bleach wash and they’ll come out as good as new.”