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RL Picks: 10 Kitchen Must-Haves

Complete your kitchen with these essentials


You don’t need a hundred fancy gadgets! Here are 10 kitchen basics that are essential to cooking and prepping.

Picks by Rachelle Medina. Photographed by Louie Aguinaldo.

Read the original article in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App ( now! Log on to for more details.  

A good refrigerator

Its Powercut Evercool System can run six hours after a power failure, keeping food fresh longer.

LG Top Freezer Refrigerator, price available upon request, major appliance stores 

Reliable cooktop

Choose a countertop hob for a sleek look.

Marc Newson Hob for Smeg, price unavailable, Ligna Signature Kitchens, Casa Ligna 

A handy knife

This is the right size for quick veggie chopping and slicing.

Ceramic Knife, Rustan’s Department Store

Sharp kitchen shears

Cuts everything, from plastic wrappers to chicken bones.

Zyliss Kitchen Shears, Rustan’s Department Store 

Mixing bowls

Fast and clean food prepping calls for different bowls.

JosephJoseph Nesting Bowls, Dimensione

Measuring cups

A definite must-have to get accurate food measurements.

Zak! Measuring Cups, Rustan’s Department Store 

Simple colander

From draining pasta to straining purees, this colorful colander is so versatile.

JosephJoseph Colander, Dimensione

A cooking spoon

It’s for mixing batter, stirring sauces, and for tasting!

Metro Kitchen Silicone Spoon,  Rustan’s Department Store 


Beat, emulsify, combine difficult ingredients—a basic whisk is all you’ll need.

Cuisipro Whisk, Rustan’s Department Store

An electric mixer

An investment buy for those who do a lot of baking.

Kenwood kMix Mixer, Rustan’s Department Store


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