Dinner Party Ready: Useful Kitchen Essentials to Complete Your Apartment


October 17, 2018

Kitchens are the part of a home for family and friends to gather, the space to cook meals, and a space to share stories. Having all the necessary kitchen essentials can turn any space into a more inviting and complete area. A well-stocked kitchen can make the process of preparing and cooking meals more enjoyable and less time-consuming. To ensure the kitchen in your rental unit contains the proper items for your tenants, consider including these nine essentials in your cabinets, pantry, and on your countertop.

1. Cookware: pots, pans, cooking utensils

Cookware is without a doubt the number one kitchen essential on this list. Without it, cooking tasty meals wouldn’t be possible. And spending extra money on good quality cookware is well worth the investment, and much appreciated by tenants. Stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic, and copper are all fantastic options.

The pots and pans essential to any kitchen include:

  • Two different sizes of saute/frying pans
  • A stockpot
  • Saucepans
  • A wok
  • A cast iron griddle

Some important cooking utensils to purchase include:

  • Spatulas
  • Tongs
  • A ladle
  • A whisk
  • Wooden stirring spoons
  • A utensil holder
  • A colander

2. Prepware

Sometimes prepping a meal can take longer than the actual cook time. So, having the proper preparation tools in your kitchen can save lots of time. Items like a bamboo cutting board, paring knife, chef’s knife, a measuring glass, and Tupperware can help the process become more streamlined and organized.

3. Crockpot and rice cooker

Crockpots are not only great timesavers, but they also turn the simplest of ingredients into a tasty meal. Using a crockpot in the winter time is also a strategic way to keep warm by eating a savory stew, creamy soup, or nice large bowl of chili. A rice cooker is an essential item in the kitchen as well. Within 20 minutes, you can have fluffy Jasmine rice that can be added to a curry dish, or eaten by itself.

4. Coffee pot and tea kettle

Of course, what is a kitchen without the presence of a coffee pot? Deciding on a coffee maker to purchase can be difficult given the numerous options. After finding the coffee pot that speaks to you, consider complementing it with a French press. Having a few options for your tenants is considerate and thoughtful. Choices are always great because there may be days where they’ll want to use a coffee pot and other days when they’ll prefer the french press. Optional items for coffee and tea needs are tea kettle, tea strainer, coffee grinder, and coffee filters.

blue kettle sitting on stove with white and grey stone backsplash behind

5. Water purifier

Since water is the most important macronutrient for our bodies; having a purification system in your apartment is a must-have kitchen essential. Some examples to explore are, pitcher water filters, under counter filters, a faucet water filter, or having an in-home water dispenser. Also, if your refrigerator doesn’t have an ice maker, a nice little extra to keep in mind for your tenants are ice cube trays that you can store in the freezer.

6. Convection oven, or microwave

On the days when it’s too hot to turn the main kitchen oven on, using a convection oven is a great choice. Because of its size, it heats up faster than a large oven but provides the same quality result. For foods that don’t fare well in a microwave, having a convection oven can make leftovers taste fresh and crispy.

In other instances, using a microwave to reheat a beverage that is no longer hot, or a dish that tastes better warm is convenient to have. If space allows, both of these kitchen tools come highly recommended and are usually preferred by tenants.

7. Baking utensils

Bakeware can be used to make so much more than just cakes and cookies. It can and is often used to make several different types of savory dishes as well. Baking dishes, baking sheets, mixing bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, and oven mitts are all necessary items to have in a kitchen.

8. Dishware, glassware, and cutlery

One of the best ways to add color and creativity to your kitchen is through the selection of plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, and silverware. If the dishware and glassware are exposed, the colors, patterns, and style of these items will add some flair and spice to your kitchen space. Designing your kitchen with your choice of dishware and glassware is just as important as the design and decor of a bedroom or living room. Adding a traditional teacup set, stemless wine glasses, unique coffee mugs, and a wine opener can be useful and helpful items to include in a collection of essentials.

9. Blender and food processor

A blender is a perfect tool to make a quick breakfast, such as a healthy smoothie, or juice. Having a food processor is another example of a time-saving device to be used during meal preparation. What could take several minutes using a knife, will only take seconds with the help of a food processor.

A home is not complete without the kitchen. No matter how big or small the space, having the right pieces inside your kitchen, can make all the difference for future tenants. If you own an apartment that’s new or recently renovated Blueground can add all the furnishings, to the very last detail, kitchen essentials included. Once the apartment is move-in-ready, we find a suitable and qualified renter and manage your property for the long-run.


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