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Whether you are starting out and looking for your first home essentials or just replacing your house essentials after a disaster, you'll find buying tips, reviews and other helpful information here on the basics and beyond. From handy kitchen gadgets to cooking equipment and home recycling tips, you'll find the house essentials you need for your home.
  1. Starting Out
  2. Kitchenware
  3. Buffet and Serving
  4. Cooking Equipment
  5. Home Safety
  6. Knives & Cutting Boards
  1. Preserving Food
  2. Tabletop
  3. Storage Solutions
  4. Managing Waste
  5. Green Tips, Save Energy, Save Water

Starting Out

What you need can seem confusing when you are first setting up a home, but it's not as difficult as it seems. Just follow a simple list of the basic housewares and expand your home essentials as the budget allows and your home interests grow.

Kitchenware

The kitchen is considered the heart of the home - it's where all the action is. Meals are planned, prepared and enjoyed in the kitchen/dining area. That's where conversation is usually more relaxed and memories are made. So it's no wonder that the bulk of house essentials are kitchen items. They keep the home ticking and operating as it should.

Buffet and Serving

A few bowls and utensils are essentials for serving a meal,but when you're hosting a small dinner party or setting up for buffet serving, it's even more crucial that you have the right tools for the job. It can mean a more relaxed event and having the meal ready on time.

Cooking Equipment

Whether you love to cook for a large dinner party or just tend to prepare simple meals, cooking equipment forms a good part of a kitchen's equipment. Start out with a small assortment of pots, pans and a couple of skillets and grow your cookware as your cooking knowledge expands. And don't forget electric cooking appliances such as an electric skillet or a slowcooker which can save you time and energy preparing family meals. You'll find some great tips on how to buy cookware and cooking appliances, as well has how to properly care for it.

Home Safety

Home safety is an important practice to keep your home and family safe from injury or fire. It includes having active smoke alarms in your home and being prepared for those unexpected emergencies. But, it doesn't end there - it also includes using appliances safely and buying only safe home products that have been approved for use in your country.

Knives & Cutting Boards

There are many types and sizes of kitchen knives and while most homemakers have a small assortment of essential knives, specialty knives can make the food preparation more enjoyable. And keeping kitchen knives sharp and in good condition is very important. You'll also want to store them properly to reduce the risk of injury. One cutting board is a must, but an assortment of boards can be very convenient. Find some helpful tips on what to look for when buying cutting boards.

Preserving Food

There are many ways to preserve food from freezing to canning, but the most common is freezing for short-term use, followed by jams and jellies, and canning fruits and vegetables for the longterm. Equipment needed for preserving will vary depending on the type of preserving and method used, as well as the food being preserved. These tips will help you get started to preserve foods to be able to enjoy them later.

Tabletop

From the simplest relaxed lunch to the formal dinner table - there are essential items you need such as flatware, tableware and other items to complete your table and serve a meal.

Storage Solutions

Though storage needs do vary from one home to another, we do use lots of different types and sizes of storage containers, bins or cabinets to store food, seasonal items and much more. While one type of storage bin is good for certain items, it may not be adequate or appropriate for other things. Storage containers offer a way of organizing your home while maximizing the space and keeping your items safe from dust and breakage.

Managing Waste

It is incredible how much waste a household generates, in fact - I don't think anyone really wants to see the full impact - all in one place, at the same time. But there are ways to reduce waste either by undertaking some green initiatives such as recycling, by compacting to reduce the amount of trash bags going to the landfill, or by garbage disposal - which liquidizes a good portion of the trash. Though we tend to think of waste management and green endeavors as being two different earth-friendly solutions, they often go hand-in-hand, since they both reduce the amount of trash that is going to the landfill.

Green Tips, Save Energy, Save Water

There are various small 'green' steps that we can take to reduce our impact on the environment, either by recycling, reducing or reusing what we have. Find some green tips that you can work into your busy schedule and do what you can to conserve.

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