11 Kitchen Items to Register for if You Don’t Know How to Cook

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Once you’re married, you’ll likely find yourself sharing quite a bit of meals with your new spouse—if you don’t already. Eating dinner (or breakfast or lunch, for that matter) together provides the perfect time to debrief on your days, catch up, and spend some quality time together. However, not all couples go into marriage knowing exactly how to cook that meal in the first place—and if you’re not well versed in the culinary field, you’re likely wondering what kitchen items are worth adding to your wedding registry. Luckily, there are a wealth of items that make cooking easier and make sharpening your skills in the kitchen a breeze. Keep reading to learn what kitchen items you should register for before your wedding if you don’t know how to cook.

1. A Set of Nesting Bowls

If you don’t cook often, you probably don’t realize how important a decent set of nesting bowls is in the kitchen. These are perfect for mixing up recipes, serving salads, or storing leftovers (especially if they’re accompanied by coordinating lids). Nesting bowls are a must for those of all cooking skills, so make sure to add them to your registry.

2. Toaster Oven

Toaster ovens are a handy appliance for anyone, but they’re particularly useful for those who aren’t exactly Iron Chefs. These make cooking quick meals easy and less time consuming, since you don’t need to heat up the oven before use. Toaster ovens are easy to operate and do a great job at reheating or cooking food, making them a kitchen must-have.

3. Saucepans

These pans are used for a wealth of cooking tasks, from mixing sauces to cooking quinoa or rice. Register for at least a few of these in different sizes with coordinating lids to ensure you have enough on hand when you’re in the mood to whip up a meal.

4. Knives

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A good set of knives is a must on any wedding registry as they’ll be used time and time again, even if it’s just for slicing take-out items before you eat.

5. Cutting Boards

It’s hard to make something as simple as a salad without cutting boards. You’ll need these to prepare meat, cut up limes and lemons for drinks, and to chop vegetables when you’re making a soup or stir-fry. Register for at least a couple of sturdy cutting boards that are easy to wash.

6. Panini Press

A panini press is another appliance that makes cooking easier for someone who’s just learning. This tool allows even the novice chef to make a delicious, hot-pressed sandwich or grilled cheese like an expert.

7. Measuring Cups and Spoons

Even if you’re not constantly cooking, chances are that you’ll need to measure out ingredients every once in a while. Register for a sturdy set of measuring cups and spoons, ensuring that you put a glass liquid measuring cup on your list as well as measuring cups for dry items.

8. Plastic or Glass Food Storage Containers

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Good Tupperware is necessary in any kitchen, and it’s especially important for those who aren’t constantly cooking. You need to make the most out of those leftovers somehow, after all! A good set of plastic or glass food storage dishes with lids keeps food organized and fresh in your refrigerator.

9. Standard Cooking Utensils

There are many cooking utensils you should have on hand for those occasions when you decide to cook a recipe, or even just for when you heat something up. Spatulas in varying sizes, wooden spoons, serving utensils, whisks, and a ladle should all be on your list of requested items as they’re staples in any kitchen.

10. Hand or Stand Mixer

There’s nothing more annoying than having to handmix thick doughs, batters, or sauces. Your arm is bound to get tired and the results simply won’t be as good as using an electric mixer. Register for a hand mixer to make your life easier and you certainly won’t regret it.

11. Cookie or Baking Sheets

This is another item that you’ll use, even if you’re not actually baking. You need cookie or baking sheets even when it comes to heating a frozen pizza, so make sure you have at least a couple in varying sizes.

Even if you’re no expert in the kitchen, you still will need some staple items to fill this room and to begin your endeavor as a chef in training. These are some solid staple items that make cooking easier once you begin to dabble in the craft and that will perhaps even motivate you to try your hand at a few dishes after wedding bells have rung.

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