The Kitchen Challenge: Kitchen Essentials for $100

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Friends, this may be the most difficult post I’ve ever written. When I first came up with the idea, I was super excited. I sent out a few texts to friends who love to cook to share their ideas. And then I realized exactly how hard this was going to be. For a kitchen lover, trying to find the basics for around $100 was challenging to say the least.

Now, I will say that I haven’t had the opportunity to test these items but based on reviews and pricing these seemed like the best bargain. Also, this is just one way you could mix it up and I know I’m missing items that many would find essential. Luckily, I’m going to do another post for $250, $500 and so on so that I can show you more substantial items. Plus, then I can add in the bits and bobs that I couldn’t fit here. I’m hoping it’s less stressful. We will see! But for now, here are the items I chose for the $100 challenge:

Oster Simple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender with Blend and Go Cup, Black*


I’m an avid blender user if you haven’t noticed yet. I don’t know how people function without them. This could double up as a basic food processor/mixer in a pinch. Plus the to go cup is great for on the go smoothies!

30 Piece Kitchen Utensil Set – Room Essentials™


A few Christmas’s ago, my cousin decided she wanted to host the holiday at her house. I found myself in a kitchen that was in desperate need of a spatula and guesstimating a large portion of what I made. But I will never forget the holiday. Of all the sets I looked at, this was the most extensive for the price. It has a clear spatula, my kitchen staple, plus a basic knife, cutting board and measuring set. And it has a handy storage until!


Wilton Recipe Right 3 Piece Cookie Pan Set*


I honestly debated whether or not to include this item but in the end, there’s only so much you can do with an oven and no sheets. From roasting vegetables to baking, cookie sheets are an essential item.

Vremi 15 Piece Nonstick Cookware Set; 2 Saucepans and 2 Dutch Ovens with Glass Lids, 2 Fry Pans and 5 Nonstick Cooking Utensils; Oven Safe, PTFE and PFOA Free*


When I got my first apartment, I didn’t own a single small pot for the longest time. I had 3 qt. dutch oven which was close but nothing small. Therefore, I really wanted to find a set of pots and pans that had multiple sizes. The thing I liked most about this set is that it can go in the over. Often, you buy items that aren’t oven safe and will quickly melt. Plus, it had a few utensils and it’s always nice to have extras.

Cook Pro 4 piece Mixing Bowl Set*


Mixing bowls fell into gray-ish territory for me. Technically, you could make a salad in this and it would be “cooking”. But at the same time, it didn’t really seem like cooking. Regardless, mixing bowls are a kitchen essential because how else are you going to make pancake batter. I mean, honestly, what is a kitchen without the option for pancakes?

Total Cost: $104.67

If you ditched the bowls, you could come in under goal but I honestly felt they were essential. I know my coffee loving friends will think I’m crazy but since I know several people who don’t drink coffee or only got a pot recently, I felt this was a fair approach to the masses.

Personally, I’m a big kitchen person so I think that investing in something will benefit you in the long run. However, this set would cover the basics of a kitchen and I don’t think I would go crazy cooking in it.

What are some of your basic kitchen items? What item could you not live without? Leave a note below and let me know.




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