Getting married is a level up and congratulations! Building your new nest is very exciting.
Our generation didn't spend that much time in the kitchen and deciding what to buy for our new home might be daunting. It can get overwhelming with all the choices and options.
Building your new home is an expense and you want to be smart with your nest money!
So let me share my years of experience in the kitchen to help you build the best kitchen for you.
It’s not going to be a straight forward list of shoulds and shouldn’ts. Only you can know what is right for you and I'm here to help you figure that out. It’s going to be fun!
list down what you would want to regularly cook
How can artists know what tools they need if she doesn’t know what they will make?
When creating a wedding registry, it's essential to base it on what you plan to cook. You don't want to end up with a bunch of kitchen gadgets that you'll never use.
Think about the type of cuisine you enjoy cooking and the tools you need to make those dishes. If you're into cooking stews, a dutch oven might be a good investment even if it isn’t considered an essential kitchen tool. If you love grilling, add a set of grilling tools and a cast-iron skillet.
Don’t be pressured by listicles proclaiming you need to get this or that. Remember, your registry is an investment in your future together, so make sure it reflects your lifestyle.
consider counter and storage space
We all want that big kitchen with all the shiny things but if we live in Manila, we probably have limited space.
It's important to consider the amount of counter and storage space in your kitchen. The amount of counter space you have to prepare your meals is just as important as your stove area. You need not only space to put stuff on but enough elbow room to move freely.
Look for more compact appliances.
In this day and age, our options are endless.
If you think you will keep it in the cabinet and just bring it out when you need it, the chances are it will stay in storage for years because you would be too tired or busy to bring it out or just forget it altogether.
This brings us to our next point…
consider upgrading to multi-tasking tools
upgrading to multi-tasking tools can be a great way to save kitchen space. Look for appliances or gadgets that can perform multiple functions.
One of the best upgrades I ever invested in was replacing my rice cooker with an instant pot, which can also pressure cook. That alone helped me clear up a good size from my storage since I didn't need a separate pressure cooker.
Another example would be investing in an immersion blender. I mostly use the blender to make soups and sauces but on the rare instances I need to whisk or chop a lot of garlic, the blender stick came with attachments that could do those as well!
invest in the essentials
After you thought about what you would want to cook, you would see a pattern and can gauge which items you will be using the most. People always say to invest in your pots and pans. But if you do not plan to cook much, this should put pressure on you.
I do not cook many stews but I use my airfryer oven extensively. It made more sense to buy better trays and racks for my airfryer oven.
To help you better, I have created a checklist here for you to download. I’ve segregated them by necessity. But the best part is I have included a list of questions you can ask yourself if you can't decide if the other tools and appliances are for you!
The list also includes the 16 kitchen essentials that every kitchen just absolutely needs.
As I said, it may not be easy but creating a space specifically for you and your partner can only be designed best by both of you.
I hope this short guide helps you