kitchen_essentials_inside.jpgJuggling a career and home life can get busy, and at the end of the day, the last thing some of us want to do is stand over a hot stove to prepare a meal. Take-out and delivery services save us from this chore, but living la vida takeout can be pretty sore on the pocket. Preparing food at home is not only practical, but it’s also much healthier, especially since you know exactly what goes into each dish. If you don’t have time to cook meals daily, batch cooking when you have the time to do so (such as the weekend) then portioning out a few days’ worth of food will do the trick.

But whether you need to fix up full meals just for yourself or for your entire family, it’s important that you to have the basic kitchen tools and utensils at hand. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should stock up on utensils fit for a gourmet kitchen. Just buy the best you can afford and upgrade when your budget allows.

Scroll through our gallery and see for a checklist of items all kitchens should have.

Read these articles to see what other basics you should always have on hand

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