Kitchen Essentials: Top 5 Must Haves

When you start listing everything a fully stocked kitchen should have, the list gets long really quick (see here). If you are looking for a good starting point, make sure you have the following items to keep renters from leaving your place disappointed (and hungry!).

1) A set of oven-safe pots and pans:

Nothing gets done in a kitchen without these. You don’t have to go top of the line (don’t go bottom of the barrel either!), but keep your eyes peeled for a good deal on a full set. Non stick is best for pleasing everyone from the amateurs to the pros. The set below is ceramic which is also oven safe up to 400 degrees. This feature expands what your guests can cook without expanding your wallet. Win-win.

Culinary Science by Martha Stewart Collection 14-pc set for Macy’s

2) A set of good knives:

Like the pots and pans, it is hard to make pretty much any dish without a decent knife. You really just need 2-3 great knives. The key here is to invest in a decent brand, and then keep them sharpened regularly so every guest is equally impressed. I would throw in a cutting board here while you’re at it 😉

Wüsthof Gourmet Hollow Edge Knife Sur la Table (on major sale!)

3) Coffee Maker

As a serious coffee fiend, I could be biased here. But even if your rental doesn’t have a kitchen, you should have a coffee maker (and coffee, duh). It doesn’t have to be the fanciest contraption on the market, but whatever type you choose, make sure to have the correct supplies on hand as well (filters, k-cups, etc.).

Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker Bed Bath and Beyond

4) Plates, Cups and Utensils

You knew this would be on the list, didn’t you? The real question is how many of each to have on hand. Start with the number of people your rental sleeps, and then add a few.

Dinera 18-pc Dinnerware Set IKEA

5) Cleaning Supplies

No one wants to do the dishes, but no one wants to not be able to do the dishes either. If you have a dishwasher, make sure to supply dishwashing detergent. Either way, you should also have dish soap, a nice CLEAN sponge (is there anything grosser than a funky sponge?) and paper towels. A cleaning spray, and a trash can as well as spare bags are also very necessary. These items should be restocked after every guest!

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Everyday Cleaner Target

A well-stocked kitchen will obviously have many more supplies in it than just those listed here. But hopefully this will serve as a guide to get you started. To get the full kitchen checklist that you can download and take with you as you shop, please click here. Not every guest will use the kitchen to cook, but if they do, you want to be ready. The investment you make in a well stocked kitchen will pay you back in 5-star reviews and repeat guests.

What are your must-haves? Ever stayed in a rental that didn’t have what you needed?


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