Best Items for a Bachelor Pad Kitchen

You don’t need a lot of fancy equipment for a great kitchen.

Man in a kitchen slicing vegetables
Just because you cook alone doesn’t mean you can’t create amazing meals. Unsplash

Single men (and women) can’t live on take-out alone, and a knowledge of delivery apps won’t likely impress potential significant others. Isn’t it time you consider investing in a well-equipped kitchen? Splurge on a pricey blender or fancy glassware if you want, but as a 52-year-old bachelor myself, here are the basic tools any bachelor pad kitchen needs.

Gorilla Grip Original Oversized Cutting Board
Plastic cutting boards like these don’t require oiling. Gorilla Grip

Plastic or wood? Let the cutting board debate rage on, but I prefer these plastic boards. Trust me on this: Those easy grip handles come in handy for bachelors who are breaking in a new (read: “super sharp”) chef’s knife. Just remember to use a designated board for fruits and veggies and another board for meats.

imarku Chef Knife - Pro Kitchen Knife 8 Inch Chefs knife High Carbon German Stainless Steel Sharp paring knife with Ergonomic Handle
This really is absolutely a required tool. imarku

Speaking of a chef’s knife, this really is a must. One good chef’s knife can basically replace an entire knife set. This 8-inch stainless steel model will cut, dice, slice, chop and even cut meat off a bone (or finger if you’re not careful). Keep this baby sharp and clean, and it’ll last you through bachelorhood and beyond.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet and Ready for Stove Top or Oven Use, 10.25", Black
Use this skillet for every meal – from makings bacon and eggs for breakfast to searing the perfect steak for dinner. Lodge

I assume that if you’ve lived this long on the planet, you probably already have a good non-stick pan and a pot to boil water in. But what every bachelor really needs is this cast iron skillet. Yes, buy the pre-seasoned one – you’re probably too busy maintaining a man cave and fantasy football league to worry about seasoning a skillet. One last plea: Before you make the same mistake that I did last year, buy the accompanying black silicone handle cover!

Tablet Stand Adjustable, Lamicall Tablet Stand
You want to cook like Gordon Ramsey or Bobby Flay? You’re going to have to learn how to take direction. Lamicall

Follow along with recipes or cooking tutorials by putting your tablet into this adjustable stand. Its rubber pads will keep your tablet safe from sliding off the counter when you spill the milk.

Omishome Complete Bartender Mixology Kit - Elegant Gold Finish Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set with Bamboo Stand and 6 BONUS Sturdy Stainless Steel Straws
This collection includes everything you need to hold happy hour at home. Omishome

It’s time to retire that beer funnel and consider a mixology set like this one. The items all match and they’re conveniently stored in this attractive bamboo stand. It’s sophisticated enough to place on your bar cart or bookshelf. We love how all the tools fit snuggly in the stand – no chance they’ll slide out and fall to the floor. The only thing you’re missing is the booze and the house guests.

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