Kitchen Essentials

When setting up a kitchen in a rental home, it's important to focus on the essentials that will allow you to cook and prepare meals comfortably. 

Here's a list of kitchen essentials for a rental home:


  • Pots and Pans: A set of various sizes for different cooking needs (e.g., small, medium, and large pots; frying pans).
  • Baking Sheet: For baking, roasting, and toasting.


  • Knives: A chef's knife, a paring knife, and a bread knife.
  • Cutting Board: Ideally, one for meats and another for fruits and vegetables.
  • Spatulas, Ladles, and Tongs: For flipping, stirring, and serving.
  • Wooden Spoons: For mixing and stirring without scratching your cookware.
  • Whisk: For beating eggs, mixing sauces, etc.
  • Can Opener: Manual or electric.

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Peeler: For peeling fruits and vegetables.
  • Grater: For grating cheese, vegetables, etc.
  • Colander or Strainer: For draining pasta and washing fruits and vegetables.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons: For accurate measurement of ingredients.
  • Mixing Bowls: Various sizes for mixing and preparing ingredients.


  • Microwave: For reheating and quick cooking.
  • Toaster or Toaster Oven: For toasting bread, heating small dishes, etc.
  • Coffee Maker or Kettle: Depending on your preference for coffee or tea.
  • Refrigerator: An essential for storing perishable items.


  • Baking Pans: For baking cakes, cookies, and other baked goods.
  • Casserole Dish: For making casseroles and baked dishes.

Food Storage and Containers:

  • Food Storage Containers: For storing leftovers and prepped ingredients.
  • Plastic Wrap, Aluminum Foil, and Zip-Top Bags: For storing and covering food.

Dishware and Cutlery:

  • Plates, Bowls, and Glasses: Enough for the number of people in your household.
  • Utensils: Forks, spoons, and knives.

Cleaning Supplies:

  • Dish Soap and Sponge: For washing dishes.
  • Dish Towels or Kitchen Towels: For drying dishes and hands.
  • Trash Can and Recycling Bin: For proper waste disposal.

Basic Pantry Staples:

  • Salt, Pepper, and Basic Spices: To season your dishes.
  • Cooking Oil: Olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.
  • Flour, Sugar, and Baking Powder: Basic baking ingredients.
  • Pasta, Rice, and Grains: For quick and easy meals.

Safety and Kitchen Tools:

  • Fire Extinguisher: For safety in case of a kitchen fire.
  • Oven Mitts or Pot Holders: To protect your hands from hot cookware.

Remember to check with your rental agreement or landlord to ensure you're allowed to bring in and set up these items. Additionally, consider the size and layout of your rental kitchen to tailor your kitchen essentials accordingly.