We’ve already told you how to store make-ahead recipes (here and here), and how to get the most out of make-ahead cooking (here). Now we’re here to tell you what gear you’ll need to equip your kitchen with to maximize your make-ahead cooking.
Fortunately, you don't need a lot of specialty equipment to make food ahead—but there are definitely things that will make your job easier and more efficient. An array of casserole dishes, baking sheets, and wire racks is essential. And if you plan to make big-batch stews, chilis, pasta sauces, and braises, a good Dutch oven is a must-have. A slow cooker is an added bonus, to use as a hands-off way to get ahead on future meals or when entertaining. Here's a rundown of what you need to stock your make-ahead kitchen.