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The #1 Best Essential Kitchen Items You Need: On a Budget!

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The #1 Best Essential Kitchen Items You Need: On a Budget!

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The #1 Best Essential Kitchen Items You Need: On a Budget! | Stay At Home Mum

Anyone moving out for the first time (or is newly single and starting a new household) needs to stock their new essential kitchen items.

The thing is – if you are moving into a new place, you probably don’t have a whole lot of cash to splash around. The good news is that anyone on a budget can fully stock their kitchen with everything they need, with not a lot of cash. It’s about finding the best value for money!

So, if you don’t know where to start when it comes to stocking your brand new kitchen – this list is for you! These basics will get you cooking, baking and cleaning at your new home without anything fancy!

We have chosen all the products that are kitchen essentials, all at a budget price. Everything you need to get going in your new house with your new life. And that includes a microwave, kettle and a toaster!

The #1 Best Essential Kitchen Items You Need: On a Budget! | Stay At Home Mum

Plates, Cups, Bowls and Eating Utensils:

These are the items you need first up. Something to eat on and eat with. Grab one of each, and for the cups and plates, just what you need (or you end up washing up!).

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Masher.jpg Scullery Kolori Silicone Potato Masher 26.5cm
This basic potato masher should get you going and is made from food-grade silicone that is heat resistant to 240 degrees.
$5.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Ortega-Kitchen-3-Piece-Bamboo-Cutting-Boards-9.95.pngOrtega Kitchen 3-Piece Bamboo Cutting Boards
If you need a little help in the kitchen, a good chopping board is always handy. With this 3-piece set, prepare different food types safely and separately. Made with bamboo, these chopping boards are easy to clean with knife-friendly cutting surfaces.
$9.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Cilinare-EasiCan-Can-Opening-12.95.pngCulinare EasiCan Can Opener
Culinare’s EasiCan Can Opener is the ideal addition to your kitchenware collection. With its innovative design, this handy gadget makes opening cans of beans, peaches and tomatoes quick and easy and at a budget-minded price.
$12.95
Avanti Stainless Steel Strainer White Plastic Frame 19cm - Matt BlattAvanti Stainless Steel Strainer
Made from stainless steel, Avanti Stainless Steel Strainer is the perfect kitchen tool for draining food. Use it to drain pasta, grains, and other vegetables or fruits. The mesh strainer features a hook that attaches to the side of pots and bowls so you can easily lift out your food!
$7.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Avanti-Spaghetti-Vegetable-Cutter.jpgAvanti Spaghetti Vegetable Cutter – Red
The Avanti Spaghetti Vegetable Cutter is the perfect tool for cutting up vegetables quickly and easily. This Spaghetti Vegetable Cutter is designed to turn your veggies into spaghetti. Extremely easy to use. Insert the vegetable and twist.
$9.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-18.pngAvanti Lifestyle 3 Way Triangular Grater 20cm
The cone shape of this grater is designed to make it easier to use than traditional box graters, which have straight edges, making them harder to hold onto. This product is dishwasher safe and made from stainless steel with plastic.
$17.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is SP-Naoko-Mug-Polka-Grey-380ml.pngS&P Naoko Mug Polka Grey 380ml
Handcrafted from stoneware, this artisan mug is designed to make your morning cup of tea or coffee a beautiful affair. The reactive glaze in the mug changes colour with the heat of your beverage.
$5.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Anko-by-Kmart-16-Piece-Bubble-Cutlery-Set-Silver.pngAnko by Kmart 16-Piece Bubble Cutlery Set – Silver
Dinnerware is an important part of any kitchen. It’s where we share food with friends and family; it’s the place where many memories are made. With a unique bubble design and stainless steel construction, this practical set is as stylish as versatile.
$12.00
Maxwell & Williams Rim Side Plate 19cm (4pcs) | Kitchen Warehouse™Set of 4 Maxwell & Williams White Basics Round Plate
The 19cm Basics Plate Set is a classic porcelain dinnerware set that will effortlessly inspire you to mix and match your existing dinnerware collection.
$11.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Avanti-Silicone-Balloon-Whisk-26cm.pngAvanti Silicone Balloon Whisk 26cm
The Avanti Silicone Balloon Whisk 26cm in Blue is perfect for beating eggs, stirring sauces or batter and whipping cream. This classic balloon whisk is an essential tool in any kitchen, and this classic balloon whisk features a silicone handle that makes it hygienic, strong, and flexible.
$6.95

Cooking and Baking Utensils:

Who doesn’t want to bake their own sweet delicacies at home?! These cooking and baking utensils will surely unleash the baking master in you!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Chef-Inox-S-S-Mixing-Bowl-2L-Catch-com-au.pngChef Inox Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl 2 Litre
The Chef Inox Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl is a kitchen essential. Made of stainless steel with a mirror finish that resists rust, stains and odours. This 2L bowl features a flat base to prevent bowls from tipping over while in use.
$5.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-21.pngDaily Bake Set of 2 Mini Cake Pan
This 2 piece aluminum round set is ideal for baking your favourite sweet or savoury treats.
$19.99
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-20.pngAnko by Kmart 24cm Non-Stick Frypan
Use this Anko Non-Stick Frypan to cook your favourite dishes! It’ll make daily cooking a delight with its non-stick Teflon roller covering and Bakelite handle.
$13.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Scanpan-5-Piece-Spectrum-Measuring-Cup-Set-Catch-com-au.pngScanpan 5-Piece Measuring Cup Set
Scanpan’s Spectrum line will brighten up your kitchen. With five widely used measurement sizes, this measuring kit has you covered. The stackable shape saves valuable closet space, and the sturdy polypropylene material makes cleaning a breeze!
$12.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Mastercraft-7-5cm-Meat-Thermometer-Catch-com-au.pngMastercraft 7.5cm Meat Thermometer
This Meat Thermometer, which measures between 54 and 88 degrees Celsius, was created to support you control the temperature of your delectable meats while they cook. This is a handy tool in every kitchen!
$9.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Anchor-Hocking-3L-Fire-King-Rectangular-Glass-Baker-Catch-com-au.pngAnchor Hocking 3 Litre Fire-King Rectangular Glass Baking Tray
This glass baking dish is versatile in the kitchen and may be used to prepare roasts, casseroles, or even bake your favourite cake. The durable glass structure opens us to a world of options for your baking adventures!
$19.95

Cookbooks

Okay, we KNOW that cookbooks aren’t really ‘essential’, but if you are new to cooking for yourself and need some basic ‘know how’s – these are the picks of the bunch!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is How-to-Cook-Everything-The-Basics-All-You-Need-to-Make-Great-Food-With-1-000-Photos-Catch-com-au.pngHow to Cook Everything: The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food by Mark Bittman
Cooking with How to Cook Everything The Basics is like having Bittman in the kitchen with you! Thanks to clear and easy instructions, Bittman’s practical suggestions and modification ideas, and visual clues making cooking a breeze – even for beginners!
$72.99
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-5-e1629089360148.pngHow To Cookbook for Teens
The How-To Cookbook for Teens will teach you the fundamentals of cooking and baking while also encouraging you to have fun making delicious meals and memories from scratch.

The dishes in this cookbook for teenagers start with the basics and then go to the next level. Begin with flawless scrambled eggs, then progress to elaborate egg dishes such as omelettes and Cheesy Breakfast Bacon Muffins!
$39.99
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-6.pngNew Kitchen Basics
The new indispensable cookbook is a contemporary answer to the age-old dilemma, “What will I prepare tonight?” Claire’s cooking is straightforward but inventive, and her culinary competence and understanding of flavour pairings ensure that these recipes will become your new go-to dinners.
$60.99
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-7.pngThe Student Cookbook: Great Grub for the Hungry
The Student Cookbook will help you get through your coursework and prove more useful than any textbook. To cook these dishes, you won’t need to have a lot of kitchen equipment, hours in front of the stove, or a loan; they’re all simple, inexpensive, and meant to satisfy.
$34.49
The Cook's Dictionary Guide: The Ultimate Reference Tool for Chefs and Home  Cooks with Over 3500 Entries of Basic Ingredients, Utensils Techniques by Denise  GreigThe Cook’s Dictionary Guide
The Cook’s Dictionary Guide is a must-have reference book for anybody who loves (or needs) to cook! Contains the basics of cooking, everything practical and will definitely be useful
$30.49
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-9.pngHow to Cook: from First Basics to Kitchen Master
The meals in this beginner’s guidebook include well-known classics including Fish Pie, Spaghetti with Meatballs, and Baked Mushroom Risotto, all of which will help you establish a basic palette. All procedures are described and illustrated with step-by-step visuals, and each dish uses minimum materials.
$45.99

Basic Appliances on a Budget:

Kitchen appliances are the most expensive part of decking out your new kitchen. But these appliances are basic and budget-friendly – with excellent reviews!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Wiltshire-5kg-Capacity-Digital-Scale-Catch-com-au.pngWiltshire 5kg Capacity Digital Scale
This sleek, low-profile digital scale is ideal for weighing items in the kitchen, with an LCD and a smooth glass platform to match your decor, as well as a conversion chart on the surface and the ability to measure in five different units for maximum versatility.
$14.99
1.7 Litre Kettle | KmartAnko by Kmart 1.7L Kettle
Prepare yourself for some hot tea or coffee boiled to excellence in this Anko Kettle. It’s the ideal housewarming present, with a huge 1.7L capacity and overheats control.
$15.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Westinghouse-2-Slice-Plastic-Toaster-Black-Catch-com-au.pngWestinghouse 2-Slice Plastic Toaster – Black
Westinghouse is a must-have for every kitchen countertop. The self-centring toasting slots, high lift capabilities, and configurable control of this basic yet stylish toaster ensure properly browned bread every time.
$26.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Microwave.pngSamsung 28L 1000W Microwave Oven
The Samsung ME6104W is available in a traditional white finish. This microwave oven has a triple dissemination mechanism that ensures food is cooked evenly. The non-stick ceramic enamel inside makes cleaning a breeze.
$169.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Blender.pngRussell Hobbs Classic Blender
This convenient, strong, multi-task companion is just what your kitchen needed to smash ice cubes and ingredients. This is made to give you excellent margaritas, mix fruit or vegetables for smoothies and soups, crumb biscuits for cheesecakes, and puree fruits and veggies for young ones.
$39.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Airfryer.pngHealthy Choice 7L Digital Air Fryer Black & Rose
You’ll never go back after you’ve tried cooking with the Digital Airfryer. This handy Airfryer is a smart way to cook without all that oil! With easy-to-use digital touch controls and seven simple pre-set cooking modes, including chips, steak, shrimp, baked chicken, beef, and fish.
$89.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-10.pngCapri’s Non-stick Baking Paper
The non-stick coating of our Handy Bake Paper eliminates the need to oil the paper, trays, or dishes before baking, saving time and money. You’ll be able to bake all of your favourite treats in this huge and handy 30cm x 120m size!
$24.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-11.pngCapri’s Cling Wrap Dispenser Extra Strength
With the Capri Cling Wrap Dispenser, you can extend the life of your food and ensure that nothing goes to waste. This extra-strong, commercial-grade wrap comes in a massive 33cm x 600m size that will last you a long time!
$22.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-12.pngMultix 56L Extra Wide Garbage Bag
These extra-large garbage bags are ideal for disposing of trash and garden waste. Strong and dependable material provides difficult clean-ups, making it ideal for home and office usage. Here’s where you can save money by buying in bulk!
$12.99

Kitchen Cleaning:

Oh no! Here comes the cleaning! But no worries because these products got you covered! From cleaning the dishes to ditching the garbage, our list will never let you down!

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-13.pngRinse Aid Liquid Dishwashing
Dishwasher rinse aid, which prevents stains and gives dishes a shine. Calcium Blocker is included, preventing the formation of scale on washed dishes. It reduces the surface tension of water, allowing it to flow freely from containers.
$28.02
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-14.pngHeat-Resistant Silicone Oven Mitts Set
It’s heat, oil, and water-resistant, as well as stain-resistant, and it keeps your hands safe. Put them in the dishwasher or clean them with warm soapy water by hand! After a spin through the dishwasher, oven gloves look like new.
$33.09
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Capture-2.pngMr Clean Sponge Scourers
Mr Clean is the name that says it all when it comes to cleaning supplies you can trust. These sponge scourers will let you effortlessly cut through filth and grime!
$11.98
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-15.pngAjax Spray N Wipe
In a 50% bigger pack than supermarkets, Ajax Spray n’ Wipe multipurpose antibacterial lemon citrus removes stains, cuts through grease, and kills 99.9% of germs!
$36.67
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-16.pngWhite Magic Eco Cloth Kitchen
Eco Cloth is ideal for cleansing your house without using harmful chemicals since it simply removes dirt and stains with just water. Its one-of-a-kind construction traps dirt inside itself, resulting in a streak-free finish every time.
$7.95
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-19.pngAnko by Kmart 3L Pedal Bin
With this pedal bin, you can keep your kitchen or bathroom tidy! You don’t even need to use your hands! This compact container is easy to use, ensuring that any nastiness is disposed of.
$7.00
This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Boomjoy-Hands-Free-Twist-Microfibre-Mop.pngBoomjoy Hands-Free Twist Microfibre Mop
This easy wring mop with 360 swivel movement rotates and maneuvers around hard-to-reach places, edges, and curves for fast and effective cleaning.
$19.99
Cleaning EquipmentJantex Round Plastic Bucket 10L with Swing Handle
If your house is filthy, dusty, and cluttered, this bucket is a must! This bucket has a convenient handle to make mopping up a breeze and its big enough to store all your cleaning supplies when you’re done.
$18.69

Having essential kitchen items doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive!

You could end up with a fully equipped kitchen that will last generations (without costing an arm and a leg!) by selecting only high-quality multi-purpose products with a strong value offer.

To fully supply a minimalist and efficient, you may have to search for various reliable products just like the list above – and we are happy to help!

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