A Minimal Kitchen

Updated 28-Jun-2024

Minimalism isn't necessarily only about less, but rather the minimum needed for effectiveness. With recipes this means the least amount of preparation, cooking, the fewest necessary ingredients, etc.

Multi-Use vs. Functionally Improved

For a minimal kitchen, some people confuse this with not having any single use utensils and instruments. This is a considerable mistake when it comes to things like salad spinners. Why is a salad spinner necessary? It does an essential service elegantly. Yes, it takes up some room, and is a bit unwieldy to clean, but there is no better option (wasteful paper towels? excessive tea towels?).

> A minimalist kitchen list should never include gear that only does one thing. Not necessarily

While it is nice when a device performs more than one function, there are times when a single use device is simply better and is worth having. Consider: a Swiss Army knife with corkscrew or a professional-grade (though uncomplicated) wine opener? Certainly a kitchen can accommodate a few single-use items.

Kitchen Utensils

  • Paring, Chefs, Carving, and Bread Knives
  • Sharpening stone, sharpening steel
  • Pasta cutter (optional for those who make pasta frequently)
  • Wine opener
  • Can opener
  • Garlic press
  • Measuring spoons (set)
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Peeler
  • Stick blender (also useful for chopping)

Cooking Devices

  • Induction burner
  • Toaster oven
  • 5 liter rice cooker (10 liter if doing large batches)
    • Note this is used for making yogurt. It is a cheap and foolproof method for making yogurt.
  • Crockpot / clay cooker
  • Rice cooker / steamer
    • Conceivably the crockpot / clay cooker function (and even the yogurt-making function) could be replaced by the rice cooker / steamer, however it is easier to have two devices, as using a crockpot / clay cooker, sometimes it takes more than a day to make things like green pea soup.

What Can Be Dispensed With

  • Yogurt maker (use a large aluminum rice cooker instead)
  • Air fryer (avoid frying foods)
  • Popcorn popper (use a large pot on a burner)
  • Microwave (not actually safe)