Moving to your own place, your first apartment or perhaps a new house, is both exciting and daunting. On one hand, knowing that you now have this space to fill and organize as you see fit is exhilarating especially if this was not possible where you previously stayed. On the other, is the fact that you making it right or at least with minimal errors is a must especially if you are working with time and budget constraints.

Those who are into cooking, baking, entertaining guests in the kitchen and even experimenting with dishes will find furnishing the kitchen thrilling. Those however, who used to only visit the kitchen to be fed will find it to be the most challenging to handle considering all the different housewares necessary. Imagine deciding on which and how many cutlery and dishes have to be bought so the kitchen becomes operational.

Getting confused and frustrated while furnishing the kitchen is normal but it can be managed. Breaking it down into smaller bits does the trick and this is where internet research helps. One who is not sure which knives and how many knives to get for example, can benefit from articles posted online.

People get amazed at how chefs on TV work their magic using knives of various types and sizes. Now, unless this is what you do for a living, having such knife sets is not a requirement. All you need to have are the 3 must haves  listed below. The rest will certainly make cooking easier and more fun but are not as necessary.

1. Chef’s Knife – With a blade that ranges from 6 to 12 inches in length and approximately 1.5 inches in width, this knife is generally used to slice, dice, mince and chop vegetables and slice meat. Being an all around kitchen knife, it’s size and shape allows it to be used in many cutting and food preparation chores.

2. Paring Knife – This is similar to the chef’s knife in shape but comes in a smaller size having blade lengths that range from 2.5 to 4 inches. This is usually used for tasks that can’t be done by the big and more bulky chef’s knife like coring, peeling and sectioning vegetables. It is also used to take out seeds from pepper, make garnishes and even de-vein shrimps.

3. Serrated Knife –  Also referred to as the bread knife, this is approximately 5 to 10 inches long with a saw-like edge. It is usually used to cut through food with outer textures that differ from inner textures like ham, bread and tomatoes. Due to the nature of its edge, serrated knives are difficult to sharpen. Get those that are not too expensive so they can be easily replaced.