You’ve just moved in, you’ve got a big empty living room with a table and some chairs, and you have no idea where your next meal is coming from. You’d cook, but your kitchen’s empty, and you’re lacking the basics. It’s easy to stock a new kitchen, and nothing makes your new home homier than a freshly prepared meal.

Everything You Need To Stock a New Kitchen

With the right essentials, you can throw simple meals together in no time and with few trips to the grocery store. If you’re stocking a new kitchen, break it down into three categories: cookware, tools, and ingredients.

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Non-stick frying pan and stock pot

With these two you can accomplish almost anything, from pasta dishes and rice to pan-fried chicken breasts and stews. Bonus points if you get an oven-safe frying pan, which opens many new options.

Cookie sheet and casserole dish

Nothing screams “home” like a dish fresh out the oven. Casseroles are great minimal-effort dishes that last for days, so you can feel accomplished using your new kitchen and free to attend more pressing moving matters. These dishes are also great for move-in week.


Chef’s knife and big, plastic cutting board

A 6” or 8” chef’s knife can do almost everything in the kitchen, from chopping fruits and vegetables to breaking down fish or chicken. Big cutting boards actually make your workstation feel larger by giving you more space for your ingredients.

Spatula, spoon, and ladle

There’s nothing worse than making a beautiful soup only to realize you’ve got to use a coffee mug to serve it. And of course you can’t stock a new kitchen without a spatula.


Vegetable oil, olive oil, and vinegars

Most simple salads only need a little seasoning, a drizzle of olive oil, and a splash of vinegar to come to life, so don’t worry about stocking up on expensive bottled salad dressings when you first move in.

Dried goods: pasta, rice, beans, and flour

No meal is complete without a starch. Add a protein and some veggies and the options are endless, from spaghetti and meatballs to rice and gravy. You can even bake bread!

Spices: Sea salt, black pepper, cayenne, and cumin

Salt and pepper are obvious, but without that extra something your dishes will lack a little “oomph.” Bonus points if you grab a season-all like Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, Old Bay, or other spice blends.

When you’re preparing to stock a new kitchen, the best recipes are the simple ones. Don’t try to buy everything at once and overwhelm yourself with options! Keep it simple and your grocery trips minimal so you can focus on what really matters: your move.

Moving in the Houston Area

If you’re looking to move or moved recently into the Houston area, Ameritex Movers are ready to help. Give us a call and we’ll tailor your move to your every need, whether it’s loading and unloading, packing and unpacking, three heavy items or a hundred little ones.

Call Ameritex Movers today at 713.484.6683.