Between furnishing and decorating your new living space, deciding which tools to fashion your kitchen with may seem overwhelming. Once you’ve purchased the necessary pots and pans, pick up a few versatile essentials to get you by as you settle into your home. Remember – the more multi-use the product, the more money you’ll save down the road.

These culinary items will get you started amid the moving madness:

Cutting Boards
You don’t want to damage your new home’s fresh countertops with your kitchen knives, so a proper cutting board is a necessity. And, since the popularity of charcuterie boards has increased, you can easily take your board from a meal prep tool to a beautiful serving platter. Just rinse the block and add your favourite cured meats, cheese medleys, mixed nuts, and dried fruits.

Airtight Storage Containers
Once you do your first trip to the grocery store for your new place, you must store the food correctly to keep it fresh for longer. To lengthen your food’s lifespan, pick up airtight containers in various sizes for your baking ingredients, cereals, nuts, pastas, grains, and other dry food.

Clear containers make it easy to see what’s being stored to optimize your pantry organization, and you can add labels or write on them with dry-erase markers. These storage vessels are also beautiful ways to display frequently used products on your counters.

Silicone Spoon Spatulas
You’ll need the appropriate tools to accompany your cookware on the stove. The most versatile and easy-to-clean tool is a silicone spatula. You can use this to scramble eggs, cook ground meats, stir vegetables, and serve soup. You can usually find these handy tools in sets to offer even more variety at an affordable price. And, for a fun touch, you can purchase seasonally themed spatulas throughout the year.

Once you’ve gathered your kitchen necessities, you can build your cooking utensil collection as you see fit. For example, you can pick up a specific tool for a recipe you’ve been eager to try. But, you can relax now knowing that you’ve got the basics ready to go, whether you’re preparing a family dinner or having a couple friends over for a housewarming gathering.