Stuff You Need for Your Apartment Rental's Kitchen

Have you ever finally moved into your new apartment for rent, feel like you are all settled in, only to find that you need to run to a different store each day just to cook a meal?

We want to help you avoid using a knife to open a can of soup, bending 3 spoons to get a scoop of ice cream, using a frying pan as the cover for a smaller frying pan, and using tinfoil (the duct tape of cooking) for everything from a colander to a roasting pan. Not that we have had personal experiences with these innovative methods of improvisational cooking, of course.

081308 1802 stuffyounee1 Stuff You Need for Your Apartment Rental's Kitchen

(photo courtesy of Mia Mabanta)

To that end, we are going make some lists for our Apartment Guide, but first wanted to get some input from other renters before we compile our final lists.

This first list will focus primarily on items you need for your kitchen, since this room is home to the most overlooked items.

So, check over our list and let us know what additions that you would make.

For the Kitchen Table

  • Microwavable Dinner Plates
  • Forks, Spoons, knives
  • Knife Set similar to this one.
  • Bowls – small and large
  • Glasses- small and large
  • Coffee Cups
  • Wine Glasses

For Cooking on the Stove and in the Oven

  • 1 quart and 2 quart saucepan
  • 4-5 quart dutch oven
  • Skillet or frying pan
  • Saute pan (straight sides and cover)
  • Glass Casserole dish (13×9)
  • Roasting pan

Miscellaneous yet Necessary and often Overlooked

  • Measuring cups and measuring spoons
  • Meat thermometer
  • Big mixing bowls
  • Cutting boards
  • Potato peeler
  • Rubber spatulas
  • Metal spatulas or flipper
  • Can opener
  • Big spoons – wooden or plastic
  • Salad tongs
  • Colander
  • Oven mitts
  • Tea kettle
  • Ice Cream Scooper

Household Supplies

  • All-purpose Cleaners (409 and Windex)
  • Dish and Laundry Detergent
  • Sponges
  • Toilet Paper, Kleenex and Paper Towels
  • Garbage Bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Saran wrap
  • Ziploc Bags

We’ll continue to run these lists by you, the renters, so that we can compile comprehensive lists that other renters can print out and bring with them when they go shopping.

Tomorrow, we’ll put up a list of necessary food items, which will attempt to include all the things that are necessary to sustain basic human life in your apartment for rent.

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