Kitchen essentials

Having the right equipment in your kitchen will help to make cooking easier. We've picked out the essential items you'll need to get started.

A set of saucepans

To start cooking you need:

  • Pots
  • Pans
  • Wooden spoons
  • A chopping board
  • A sharp knife.

Useful extras

Kitchen timer 

A timer is useful, especially if you want to make sure you don’t forget about your cooking. It’s particularly handy for simple meals like grilled or baked meat and fish, which are less tasty if overcooked.

If you’re not sure how long to cook something for, follow packet instructions or a simple recipe. If all else fails, test it regularly until it is cooked to your liking.



A microwave is an easy way to cook all sorts of things, including vegetables, jacket potatoes and scrambled eggs. They’re great for reheating food that you’ve cooked in bulk, or for making quick jacket potatoes.

If you don’t have one, you can buy a basic model from under £50. Or visit a BHF Furniture & Electrical store for a second-hand one – they are all tested for safety and function before they go on sale. Find your nearest Furniture & Electrical store.


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