No matter where you live, stocking your kitchen will be a critical step in having a useful and viable home. This is one of those areas that you really cannot skimp on for your basics. Your most critical items for your kitchen, outside of the appliances, will be your cookware and your tableware.
It seems that today most people either go for “super casual” (as in use and toss) or “faddy formal” (as in special shapes, colors and designs). Neither of these extremes will work for a frugal or homestead kitchen as we do not have the gumption (or ability) to re-purchase disposable items or the next fad in tableware. Considering this it is far wiser and cheaper over the long haul to think Multi Functional.
For pots, pans, other cookware and tableware that basically leaves us with Cast Iron Cookware and Enamelware. Neither of these can go in a microwave but are durable and can be used on the cook top, in the oven or on an open fire.
For more information go to: http://www.scribd.com/doc/33298063/Stocking-the-Homestead-Kitchen
From a 50 Something, soon to be rural homesteading, Prepper ;-}