Whether you’re planning your own registry or looking to purchase something for someone else, narrowing down the options for purchase are daunting. When I created our registries, I was overwhelmed by the amount of options I could consider and the range of products and prices for which I could register. Now when I think about what I would ask for with a new home vs. what I did ask for when I shared a 600sq ft apartment, a number of helpful items come to mind. With that I compiled this list of 6 items every wedding registry needs that involves work in the kitchen. I’m going to start with sharing what the kitchen starter could really use.
- Nesting Bowls – A set like these can be inexplicably helpful in a tiny kitchen. I am especially fond of my set with rubber bottoms to keep them from slipping or hopping all over the countertops. Metal insides are perfect for hand mixers, while glass nesting bowls are timeless looking, can be heated (in most cases), and any set that comes with lids are so important for pulling double duty in a small kitchen. While I prefer to have 2 sets of nesting bowls in my kitchen, I keep my metal bowls close at hand and my glass bowls in the basement for when I need them.
- Cast Iron Enameled Oven – If I were stranded on a desert island, a cast iron enameled oven would be the second thing on my list (right after a water filter). A 6qt oven is large enough to roast a chicken but small enough that it will still fit in most cabinets without issue. They can be quite beautiful too! Sometimes I just like to leave mine on the stove, as its orange color adds to my kitchen nicely. Be sure to try and match the couple’s registered items if possible (i.e. if they register for all blue dishware, sometimes a blue enameled oven is a nice touch. Other times it’s nice to contrast). Whether you go with a cost-effective brand like Lodge or a gourmet brand like Le Creuset, be sure to check the cookware for warranty info and any flaws in the glaze.
- Storage Containers – Glass is where it’s at. These Pyrex containers are mandatory for anyone looking to cook more at once or more often in general. The shelf life of this set with heavy use is about five years, which I find to be better than the snap on lids’ shelf life. The bottoms are oven safe (great for reheating food in the oven, toaster oven, or microwave) and the sets are dishwasher safe. Any couple would get use out of the set for storing leftovers, lunches, or fresh ingredients for prep.
- Cuisinart Food Processor – When storage is limited, some items have to be versatile. I have found Cuisinart to be just that. It’s great at blending things a blender can’t handle, and also has extra graters and add-ons to speed up the prep process. At around $100 for a 7-cup processor, it’s a good moderately priced gift option. Looking for a more affordable option for your registry? We have the 3-cup Cuisinart at home and it takes care of most small projects.
- Quality Kitchen Knives – A quality set should include a paring knife, a cook’s knife, and a shorter utility knife is always nice. Quality high-carbon stainless steal will last and last. The only other item that I love that isn’t in the above set is a pair of their Wusthof Kitchen Shears.
- Pepper Grinder & Salt Pot – I’m in a stage of my life at the moment where I want a salt pot instead of a shaker – but it’s nice to get back to my classic salt and pepper shakers when we have guests over. While many households may already have a table set for salt and pepper, having a go-to pepper grinder next to the stove can help food immensely! A salt pot also looks tasteful next to the stove, and mine allows me easy access to a large opening should I decide to measure my salt out instead of using my hands (albeit more times than not I’m just using my hands – and have you ever tried to measure teaspoons of salt out of those tall salt canisters?! Impossible.) Remember to include some fresh salt (Himalayan sea salt perhaps?) and peppercorns if you’re the one gifting! They add a lovely personal touch.
Just you wait–I’m compiling a list for kitchen pros as well 😉