10 Essentials for the Millennial Kitchen

From small space-friendly tools to staples you'll use for years to come, every adult kitchen needs these basic items. Once you use these items, you will wonder how you've gone so long without them.

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March 11, 2020

If you're new to having your own kitchen or just need to update your basics (maybe it's been years, or maybe you have recently realized your kitchen isn't as stocked as you'd like) — here are some essentials for the millenial kitchen. They range from updated essentials to the staples that continue to stand the test of time, because the goal is to have sturdy, long-lasting products that do exactly the job you need to. Find your new favorite kitchen products below.


With its durable Thermalon ceramic and riveted stainless-steel handle, this is no ordinary non-stick pan: It makes cooking a breeze, and is even oven-safe up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit. It also comes with a glass lid and is scratch-proof, too. Basically, it's fool-proof.

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If you’re working with limited counter space, baking racks can be really inconvenient, especially if you're baking a number of things at once. This three-tier cooling rack allows you to triple your cooling space without a bigger footprint. The magic doesn’t stop there. When you’re done, it folds flat — so storage is a breeze.

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These silicone, collapsible measuring cups and spoons work with liquids and solids — plus, they'll barely take up any space in your drawers, because they can lay completely flat. This set of eight is easy to clean and is BPA-free, and they'll make sure your baking and cooking measurements are accurate.

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$21.99 (Set of 12)

This incredibly heat-resistant, versatile set of silicone cooking tools won't scratch pans and includes everything you need to stock your kitchen: a baster, spatula, slotted spoon, tongs, spatula, whisk and more. Plus, it even comes with the holder to keep them all organized on the countertop. One Amazon reviewer wrote they were "solid and made of good material."

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$28.99 (Set of 5)

These five glass containers are more eco-friendly than plastic — and will be a must-have to store leftovers and meal prep for busy weekdays. These have divided containers in them, have secure locking lids, and the bases can be warmed up or frozen (and are dishwasher-safe).

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If the thought of cast-iron cookware scares you, let us convince you otherwise. Sure, cleaning and seasoning it might take a little extra work, but we have a great video that is sure to make you a pro. A seasoned cast-iron skillet will revolutionize the way you make everything from pound cake to filet mignon. This top-rated cast-iron skillet has more than 14,000 reviews and is Amazon's top choice.

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This coffeemaker comes in a beautiful matte-black finish — and is the most convenient way to make a larger pot of coffee in no time at all. Its showerhead brews a full pot much like a pour-over and the stainless steel filter means you never have to spend a dime on filters again. It makes 12 cups at once, is programmable up to 24 hours in advance, and makes coffee in six minutes. Save a morning trip to the coffee shop and just get right to the good stuff.

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There's nothing more quintessential to your kitchen than a practical — but pretty — charcuterie board. Not only will this board bring out your inner charcuterie fiend, but it also doubles as an ultra-useful cutting board for any day of the week. With existing grooves, you won't be second-guessing where to place your crackers, cheese and meats. Trust us, you need this multi-use cutting board in your life ASAP. It's also made from organic, eco-friendly, incredibly easy to clean bamboo.

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$24.65 (Set of 2)

Instead of wasting money and paper on parchment to keep food from sticking — try these silicone mats instead. They're infinitely reusable, and have so many functions: prevent cookies from sticking without having to grease the pan, roast vegetables, or bake chicken to crispy perfection. They fit any half-size sheet pan, and they also are made from materials that help promote even baking, so nothing will get burnt.

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This three-in-one tool does it all for your favorite fruit: The knife easily cuts the avocado, the center pulls out the pit with ease, and the slicer at the bottom creates uniform pieces for a beautiful presentation. It has a secure, non-slip grip, is dishwasher-safe, and boasts thousands of perfect five-star Amazon reviews.

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