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The Under $300 Starter Kitchen Kit

Part of growing up means having to cook your own breakfast. For less than $300, you can dive into the world of smoothies and poached eggs (or oatmeal, at least). Published: January 17, 2019

Welcome to Kits, Quiddity’s crib sheet for the stuff you need in your life. Each Kit will detail a series of individual products that are the perfect choice for a given scenario. We scour Quiddity’s product reviews, talk to experts, and find the best fit for you.

Today, we tackle The Starter Kitchen, bringing you everything you need to eat right in your first adult apartment.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Mercer Culinary Genesis Chef's Knife

Amazon - $40.99Buy

Mercer Culinary Genesis Chef's Knife

Why Buy: The experts love this eight-inch blade, citing a durability and flexibility that make it an excellent option if you’re only going to have one knife. It offers better value than virtually all other options, meaning you can spend your hard-earned dollars on high-quality food to slice and dice.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board

Amazon - $14.99Buy

OXO Cutting Board

Why Buy: You’re not cutting meat on a wooden cutting board. And besides, those fancy wooden blocks are crazy heavy and take up tons of precious storage room. This OXO cutting board is lightweight, durable, and, most importantly, up to code for cutting and prepping raw meats (you know, if that’s your thing).

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Programmable Thermal Coffee Maker

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Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe

Why Buy: Mr. Coffee is a time-tested and trustworthy brand, and this specific model brews in just seven minutes and is easy to program. Its 10-cup carafe is large enough to host brunch (or just for you if you’re really sleep-deprived). The low price tag and durable design make this a smart buy.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Lodge 9 Inch Cast Iron Skillet

Amazon - 15.33Buy

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Why Buy: If you invest in one pan, make it cast iron. The heavy duty pans get ripping hot and heat evenly. You can sear meats, caramelize onions, and cook, well, just about everything in it. (Except scrambled eggs. Don’t cook scrambled eggs in your cast iron.) Plus, they only get better and more seasoned with age. You’ll never take it off the stove.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Ninja Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ

Amazon - $126.99Buy

Ninja Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ

Why Buy: The Nutri Ninja boasts a small footprint with a base that’s just six inches by six inches, making it perfect for a kitchen with limited counter space. Plus, the auto IQ technology lets you walk away while it’s blending, freeing you up to get dressed or prepared for work without worrying that your smoothie will be over-blended.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

GIR Ultimate Spatula

Amazon - $12.99Buy

GIR Ultimate Spatula

Why Buy: This is the last rubber spatula you’ll ever buy. It’s super sturdy, easy to clean, and works great for everything from baking to mixing sides.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Chefman 5-Quart Slow Cooker with Natural Stoneware Insert

Amazon - $37.95Buy

Chefman 5-Quart Slow Cooker with Natural Stoneware Insert

Why Buy: A slow cooker gives you the opportunity to throw a recipe together, forget about it, then come back in a few hours and have food for the week. Chefman’s five-quart size hits the Goldilocks spot—not too big, not too small—while the low price won’t break the budget.

Kitchen, Eating, & Drinking

Pyrex 4-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

Amazon - $13.77Buy

Pyrex 4-Cup Glass Measuring Cup, Read From Above Graphics

Why Buy: Because once you start cooking more, you’ll need to measure things. This Pyrex is designed so you don’t have to get down to eye-level with the measuring cup to make sure you’ve got one cup of oil—you can, as the name suggests, just read it from above.