I love the kitchen minimalist: essentials for your home idea. Because @amilliongraces I love to live uncluttered (the new word here is minimalism;) exercising and exploring so I try to be efficient in as many areas as possible.
This includes the kitchen because I love to be able to pack up and go without fuss and bother. Join me as I have pared down my list.
favorite kitchen small appliances
These kitchen appliances are used on a weekly, if not daily basis. My kitchen is small so I have limited space. This helps me to maintain the kitchen’s minimalist vibe. These essentials could work for your home too.
Instant Pot in the minimalist kitchen
This is a new addition to my kitchen that has changed the way I cook. It has replaced the crock pot a.k.a. the slow cooker. The pressure cooker has held pride of place in many a kitchen but has also been a little scary to operate. .
Grandma knew what she was doing when it blew off a bit of steam! I am thankful for the Instant Pot because it saves me a lot of time and I use it regularly.
Moccamaster Filter Coffee Maker
We use a simple filter coffee maker and use it every single day. It does not take a lot of time to prepare and the coffee is simply delicious.
Food processor and/or a Stand Mixer
Whether you have a Kitchen Aid, Kenwood, or Ninja food processor, they are incredibly useful to have in the kitchen. You can use them for cake mixing, dough preparation or even making smoothies – they are versatile and very useful.
When I have to do bulk grating, like grating cabbage for making sauerkraut then this makes a very tedious job super easy.
These are the bare minimum that anybody would do well to have in their kitchen, uncluttered living at its best.
the kitchen minimalist: essentials for your home
Mixing bowls – or bowls
Now, you can go crazy here, but don’t! I have one glass mixing bowl, a salad bowl, and a stackable set of stainless steel metal bowls.
I have two, YES – only two. And I NEVER PUT THEM IN THE DISHWASHER OR LEAVE THEM STANDING FOR LONG periods IN LIQUID.
I have one for savory food preparation and the other is used for all things sweet.
The knives are only as good as they are when they are sharp. To sharpen them must be easy to do. I do not use anything fancy and it does a great job.
This is such a simple knife sharpener that I am sure it has been around forever! Perhaps you’ll find one in Grandma’s drawer;)
This is the absolute best thing to have in a kitchen minimalist, it is essential for your home because it does its job quickly and efficiently. This essential item gets my lettuce, cilantro, and all sorts of other veggies washed and dried efficiently. I have a rather small one but find one that fits your lifestyle and your cupboard space.
Who can live without a grater? No one! I use mine every single day and it belongs in every minimalist kitchen. I grate cheese mostly because we love cheese but it is also good for grating ginger & garlic. What about you?
What do you use your grater for?
This essential item is great for draining off water after cooking pasta or vegetables in water. I also use it when I wash vegetables and fruit and the water can drain away easily.
When you need to empty out a tin of beans or chickpeas, throw them into the colander rinse well with water, and allow to drain. So easy and so versatile.
Use them all day and every day. I have one set as I try to keep the kitchen uncluttered and free of unnecessary stuff. So, in my minimalist kitchen, I use the same set for cake baking, measuring out porridge, and also for checking food servings and portions.
The stainless steel set that I have hangs out on the magnetic strip above my work counter for easy access.
I need this essential item because it is the only way that I can prevent lumps from forming when I make white sauce. It is an item that I also reach for when I beat up eggs or mix up a simple pancake batter.
pots and pans essentials
Dutch oven – –
Our Dutch oven has been with us for over 30 years – it was given to us as a wedding gift. I have used it for so many things but my favorite things to make in it are sourdough bread, chillis, and Bolognese.
Frying pans and skillets
These are great kitchen minimalist: essentials for your home because you can use them either on the stove top or in the oven. The stainless steel pans can go into the dishwasher too and so are very easy to get washed.
What I love about the cast iron skillets is that they can also be put into the oven. They can then be easily cleaned in the sink (BUT DO NOT EVER USE SOAP), wiped dry and you are done.
Two easy solutions for everyday use in my minimalist kitchen.
Pots and saucepans
These two pots are all that I have and all that I use. They are made out of stainless steel and they fit into the rings on my stove. I have found a way to cook everything in these two pots. Simple and easy.
essential kitchen tools
The following kitchen tools are essentials that I use every single day:
- Vegetable peeler
- Hand mixer
- chef’s knife
- Immersion blender
- Citrus press or juicer
- Garlic grater or garlic press
Special mention essential item
Mason jars are the absolute star of the show in my simple kitchen. Simple kitchens function well with these because they can be used over and over again and also in so many different ways.
Rarely used items
These items live in the kitchen drawer and I occasionally will use them over a long time.
Bread knife – We eat very little bread and when we do, we usually have sliced bread or bread rolls.
Can opener – this no longer is an essential item because most of the cans that we can buy here have a pop-open lid opener.
Complete list of minimalist kitchen essentials
In my small kitchen, I have what I need. I sift through these items quite regularly and I like to see what I am still using and what I haven’t used for a long time. Knowing that the last time I used something, if indeed I did will determine if it stayed or not.
- Instant Pot
- Food processor
- Moccamaster Filter Coffee Maker
- Mixing Bowls
- Wooden Spoons
- Knife Sharpener
- Salad Spinner
- Measuring Cups
- Balloon Whisk
- Dutch Oven
- Frying Pans
- Pots and Saucepans
- Vegetable Peeler
- Hand Mixer
- Immersion Blender
- Citrus Press
- Garlic Press