cheap kitchens http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10734/all en-US 5 Kitchen Luxuries That Are Worth It (and 5 That Aren't) http://www.wisebread.com/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/luxury_kitchen2.jpg" alt="Two girls in a kitchen" title="Two girls in a kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love cooking. It's frugal, yes. But for me, it's more than that &mdash; cooking is a way to release stress, show people I love them, and (perhaps most importantly) feed myself delicious, healthy food.</p> <p>While I try to keep a pretty minimal and inexpensive kitchen, over the years,&nbsp;I have realized that there are certain luxuries that are well worth the cost. Here are five of my favorites &mdash; and five items that aren't so necessary. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-time-saving-kitchen-tips-from-an-insider">7 Time-Saving Kitchen&nbsp;Tips From an&nbsp;Insider</a>)</p> <h2>Kitchen&nbsp;Luxuries That Are Worth It</h2> <p>There are some of my favorite things to keep in my kitchen.</p> <p><strong>1. Good Cookware</strong></p> <p>There are a couple of pieces of great news about quality cookware &mdash; first of all, you don't need a lot of it, and second of all, it's often easy to find second-hand. In fact, especially when it comes to baking supplies, I tend to prefer older baking sheets and cake pans &mdash; I've found that newer non-stick baking sheets almost always burn the bottom of my cookies. As for what you're putting on the stove top, a good cast iron skillet can do wonders. And if you do want a non-stick pan or pot, I recommend something from&nbsp;Calphalon &mdash; it's good quality, scratch-resistant, and long-lasting.</p> <p><strong>2. A Quality Knife</strong></p> <p>One good-quality chef's knife &mdash; kept sharp &mdash; can be the only knife you'll ever need.</p> <p><strong>3. Silpats</strong></p> <p>As I mentioned above, I prefer regular baking sheets over non-stick ones, and I'll line them with Silpats &mdash; silicone liners. Silpats are easy to clean, make it so you don't need to oil your pans, and don't burn what you're cooking.</p> <p><strong>4. Garlic Press</strong></p> <p>In general, I'm against highly specialized kitchen tools.&nbsp;But I will admit my love for the garlic press &mdash; instead of trying to mince clove after clove of garlic by hand (I'm a big garlic fan), the garlic press smashes the clove with one easy squeeze.</p> <p><strong>5. A Few Nice Ingredients</strong></p> <p>Cooking is a lot cheaper than going out, even when you buy a few pricer ingredients.&nbsp;I love little items that can add big flavor &mdash; fresh herbs, finishing salts, miso, truffle oil, and good olives are a few of my favorites.</p> <h2>Kitchen Luxuries I Can Do Without</h2> <p>There are situations when some of these are worthwhile, but here are five kitchen luxuries that I generally pass on.</p> <p><strong>1. A Dishwasher</strong></p> <p>First of all, let me say that I'm writing this as someone who currently lives alone &mdash; the more people in a house, I think, the more useful a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-clean-your-dishwasher">dishwasher</a> can be. At first, I was bummed to move into an apartment without one, but then&nbsp;I realized that I used fewer dishes and washed them faster if my dirty ones sat in the sink instead of the dishwasher.</p> <p><strong>2. Highly Specialized Appliances</strong></p> <p>Crepe maker. Quesadilla maker. Waffle maker. These all clutter up your kitchen for foods that you make &mdash; what, once a month? Crepes and quesadillas can be made on the stovetop, and that waffle batter will also make lovely pancakes &mdash; take your waffle craving to a restaurant.</p> <p><strong>3. Most Name-Brand&nbsp;Foods</strong></p> <p>Most name-brand foods are equal or very similar to generics in terms of quality; they just have a bigger price tag.</p> <p><strong>4. A Microwave</strong></p> <p>I know that the microwave is a hotly contended kitchen item &mdash; if you do certain tasks a lot, like defrosting things from the freezer, a microwave might be worth it. Microwaves do, after all, use less energy than ovens for certain tasks. For the way I cook, though, it's not worth paying for a microwave or having it <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-kitchen">clutter up my countertop</a>.</p> <p><strong>5. Brand-New Storage Containers</strong></p> <p>I do covet those <a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchen-and-food/food-containers-storage/oxo-pop-rectangular-1.5qt-container-with-lid/s267786">neat pop-top containers</a>. But if you're looking for countertop and cupboard storage, there are plenty of bargains to be found at thrift stores. Mix-and-match glass jars and containers of various sizes can make for a very chic (and inexpensive) countertop. One time I even found a <a href="http://joannafesto.blogspot.com/2010/08/vintage-tupperware.html">vintage set of flour and sugar containers</a> almost exactly like my mom had when I was growing up.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite kitchen luxuries &mdash; and what can you do without?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/meg-favreau">Meg Favreau</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-kitchen-luxuries-that-are-worth-it-and-5-that-arent">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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</span>We discuss kitchens on a dime (or $100, in my case) and how to use your food as festive d&eacute;cor for any mood.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Myscha&rsquo;s one of those bloggers that you wish lived right down the street from you.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sure, you could share a nice glass of wine and one of her <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/whats-cooking-make-ahead-bread-mixes">do-ahead breads</a>, but secretly, you just want her to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gourmet-kitchens-on-a-shoestring">&ldquo;eyeball&rdquo; your kitchen</a> and tell you what to do.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">We get close to the experience of a professional walk-through with tonight&rsquo;s &ldquo;Kitchens<span style="">&nbsp; </span>on The Cheap&rdquo; episode of <a href="http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/elevenmomsradio/WiseBread">Living Large on a Small Budget</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you can&rsquo;t make the 8pm CST live airing, it&rsquo;s available for download beginning an hour after it airs.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">What do we cover?<span style="">&nbsp; 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