- 2 quart saucepan: You'll need saucepans to cook rice, soup, sauces, macaroni.
- 3 quart saucepan
- Roasting pan: Roasting pans are great for cooking chicken, beef, ham, and turkey.
- 12-inch skillet: Also called a traditional skillet, fry pan, and omelet pan.
- Non-stick skillet: Non-stick skillets are great for scrambled eggs, omelets,
sautéing meats and vegetables.
- Sauté pan
- Griddle: Great for a large serving of pancakes, french toast, eggs, burgers, and fish fillets.
- Stockpot: Great for soups, and stocks. Stainless steel with a heavy aluminum base is best because it allows for easy cleanup.
- Crock pot
- Dutch oven: Look for one with a vented lid. A vented lid will allow steam to escape when necessary. Also called a french oven and a casserole dish.
- 9 by 13 inch baking dish: If you can afford it, buy a ceramic and metal baking dish. Some dishes cook better in a ceramic baking dish while others cook better in a metal baking dish.
- Baking sheet: Non-stick is best. A non-stick baking sheet will help ensure fast and easy cleaning.
- Cutlery set: Look for a set that has a Paring knife, Utility Knife, Chef's knife, Sharpening steel, Kitchen shears , and a Carving knife.
- Strainer: Strainers are great for straining noodles and rinsing fruit.
- Wok: A wok comes in handy when cooking stir frys. A wok will allow you to toss
vigorously and without the worry of splattering and spilling of food
particles over onto the stovetop.