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The Benefits of Cooking from Scratch

Getting Started: Essential Tools and Ingredients

Getting Started: Essential Tools and Ingredients

When it comes to cooking from scratch, having the right tools and ingredients on hand can make all the difference. Here are some essential items to consider when setting up your kitchen:


A good set of knives is essential for any cook. Look for knives that are comfortable to hold and have a sharp blade. A chef's knife, paring knife, and serrated knife are all useful for different tasks.

Cutting Boards

You'll need a sturdy cutting board for all your chopping and slicing. Wooden cutting boards are affordable and easy to clean, but plastic cutting boards are more durable and can be put in the dishwasher.

Pots and Pans

Invest in a few high-quality pots and pans that can be used for a variety of dishes. A large stockpot, a sauté pan, and a cast-iron skillet are all good options.

Spices and Herbs

Having a well-stocked spice rack can add flavor to your dishes without adding extra calories. Some must-have spices include salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, and paprika. Fresh herbs like basil, cilantro, and parsley can also be a great addition to many dishes.

Oils and Vinegars

Cooking oils like olive oil and coconut oil are great for sautéing and roasting. Vinegars like balsamic vinegar and apple cider vinegar can add a tangy flavor to salads and marinades.

By having these essential tools and ingredients on hand, you'll be well on your way to cooking delicious meals from scratch!

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