This is a ten-part series that will leave you with everything you need to know about stocking your first kitchen. Whether it’s a new apartment, your first solo place, or you’re moving in with your special someone, it takes some time and preparation (and yes, sometimes, bags of cash) to get your kitchen into all-star shape. At the end of this series, you’ll have all of the virtual tools you need to help you become a great cook.
When I moved into my first apartment I did what most young adults, on a budget, do when they need to stock their kitchens: I went on a Target shopping spree. From dishes to flatware, cookware and bake ware, I got it all on the cheap until, well, things literally started to fall apart. My $19.99 knives began to rust, most of my glassware broke during my last move, despite it’s tight bubble-wrapping and my spoons are bent (maybe that’s from eating ice cream out of the container, so perhaps I’ll let that one slide).
If I could go back in time I would invest in a few great pieces, slowly, instead of buying up everything that I thought I would need for as cheaply as I possibly could. The moment when I knew that I had made a mistake was when my trusty anodized stock pot began to show signs of decay.
It was then that I knew I needed to upgrade to Le Creuset, a popular brand of enameled cast iron cookware known for its versatility, durability and unfortunately, a hefty price tag. It’s made of material that evenly absorbs heat from its surroundings and transmits it in the same fashion to the food being cooked.
When I buy an expensive purse or pair of jeans, I try to justify the purchase by imagining how often I will use/wear said item. If my jeans cost $140 but I wear them 28 times, they really only cost me $5.
I suggest using the same logic behind purchasing a piece of Le Creuset cookware. You can use it for everything – in the oven or on the stove. You can even freeze it or use it to store cooked food in the refrigerator. You can use it when you make a huge batch of butternut squash and apple soup and you can use it when you make winter vegetable soup. You can boil, bake, braise…you get the picture.
Giveaway: To help you stock up on quality cookware, whether it’s your first, second, third or fourth kitchen, I’m giving away one Le Creuset French Oven (6 3/4 qt; ARV: $270). The winner can choose the color from flame, white, Caribbean, cobalt, black onyx, cherry, dune, citrus and kiwi (depending on availability).
- Leave a comment here that answers the following questions: what is your favorite recipe?
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- 1 random winner will be chosen by Tuesday, November 2 at 11:59PM CST and announced by Friday, November 5. I will notify you via email and you will have 72 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.
- Contest open to US & Canada Residents only.
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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Le Creuset. I was not provided with complimentary product or compensation of any kind. The words and opinions expressed here are my own.