Registries have come a long way from place settings and stand mixers (though we still gush over those, too). While you and your partner probably have a list of registry essentials you’re ready to add, chances are you forgot a few things. It happens—creating your registry can be overwhelming. The last thing you want, though, is to look back and realize you missed something you’ll use all the time.
When it comes to registering for kitchen items, you want to make sure you got it all, especially if you cook a lot. Whether you already started your registry or have yet to begin, take note of these can’t-miss kitchen items.
Cast Iron Skillet
Photo Credit // Lodge
Cast iron skillets can just about do it all and a versatile pan is crucial. A cast-iron skillet can sauté, pan-fry, braise, bake, broil, sear, and roast your favorite dishes. Whip up weekend hashbrowns, sear a whole chicken, and bake giant cinnamon rolls—all in the same skillet. Plus, they last forever and the more you use your pan, the better it gets.
We love the affordable Logic Cast Iron Skillet from Lodge. It comes pre-seasoned with oil and ready to use on the stove-top, in the oven, on the grill, or even over a campfire.
Quality Knife Set
Photo Credit // Shun
Trust us, we know the superstitions around registering for knife sets. We’re here to confirm they’re only myths and, yes, you will regret not adding a high-quality knife set to your wedding registry. If you aren’t ready for a full 14-piece behemoth, start your collection with a smaller set. You’ll still be well-equipped with the essentials.
Start your collection with this Premier 3-Piece Knife Starter Set. It includes the three most commonly used prep knives: a paring knife, utility knife, and chef’s knife. Handcrafted in Japan, each is made from Damascus steel, making them harder to break and the edges hold longer than standard stainless steel. If you don’t want to stop there, round out your set by registering for a matching classic bread knife.
Baking Pan and Sheets
Photo Credit // USA Pan
Let’s be clear: Baking sheets and pans are different things. Pans have rolled edges (to prevent runoff and sliding) and sheets don’t (to provide more surface area). So, for example, use a sheet to bake cookies and a pan to make a roast or non-flat dish like lasagna. Nonetheless, you need both.
We love USA Pan’s 2-Piece Half Sheet & Baking Rack Set. Half sheets make it possible to bake multiple dishes (or copious amounts of cookies) at once. This set, in particular, is also designed for durability and even heat distribution (hello, easy release!). What’s more, it comes with a cooling rack of the same size.
Baking and Casserole Dishes
Photo Credit // Emile Henry
Casserole dishes make for no-fuss, easy-to-bake meals. Typically pretty large, these dishes are a must if you have people over frequently or like leftovers. Bake your favorite comfort foods (mac and cheese, anyone?) with little to no effort beyond prep. All you need to do is set it in the oven and let it bake.
This Covered Rectangular Baker takes the cake. Made from Burgundy clay, it’s naturally non-stick (praise) and great at conducting and retaining heat. It’s also scratch-resistant and dishwasher safe. Most notable, though, is this beautiful piece of bakeware’s ability to go straight from the oven to the table.
Photo Credit // Liquida
Dutch ovens were made for large cuts of meat, courts of stew, and loaves of bread (among many other things). Keeping one in your kitchen is a cooking life-saver. Like a casserole dish, they come in handy when making large meals. Don’t be mistaken, though, you don’t have to wait for special occasions and holiday get-togethers to pull one out. You can—and should— use one any night of the week for things like pasta, chicken, and soups. Meal-preppers will especially love using one to cook large dishes at the beginning of the week.
This Liquida Dutch Oven is affordable and chic. Elegant and impressive looking, it follows through with stabilized heat, scratch resistance, and safe-to-grip handles.
Photo Credit // Berghoff
A splatter guard or screen does exactly what it implies: It guards you and your kitchen against splatters that cause messes and burns. Place one over a frying pan to keep pops of oil from landing on your skin and nearby surfaces. If you fry love to whip up a spread of bacon, eggs, and potatoes on the weekends, this is a must-have item.
We love the Studio Silicone Splatter Screen. It’s 13 inches in diameter so it fits most pots and pans. Small holes allow for steam to rise while in use and can also be used to strain, drain, and rinse food. Last, but not least, a non-slip, heat resistant handle aids in easy use and control (kind of important around hot oil).
Cooking and Grilling Thermometers
Photo Credit // Kitchenaid
Cooking thermometers are an often overlooked appliance, but they add a lot to the kitchen in both taste and safety. For one, they help you accurately roast, grill, and cook food to the exact right temperature. Similarly, they let you know when food reaches safe-to-consume temperatures. It’s a simple gadget, but a necessary one.
For an accurate reading in seconds, we recommend the KitchenAid Instant Read Thermometer. Use this one to test the doneness of meats or poultry, or check the temperature of food in a chafing dish or steam pan.
Salt and Pepper Mills
Photo Credit // Le Creuset
Nice salt and pepper mills might seem unnecessary, but, trust us, they should be a staple in your kitchen. Not only do they add a touch of style to your cooking space, but actually improve the taste of your meals. Here’s how: Spices, like salt and pepper, oxidize and lose potency after grinding. So, those pre-ground spices you have sitting in your cabinet aren’t at peak potency. At-home salt and pepper mills keep spices their natural state for as long as possible.
Check out this simple Le Creuset set. Sophisticated in appearance, they crack peppercorns and grind salt at two settings (fine and coarse).
Whether you’re a couple passionate about cooking or are just looking to upgrade some appliances, be sure to bookmark these items (or, better yet, add them directly to your Zola Registry now).