The simplest kitchen I know of is owned by Diana Lorence. She and her husband have two bowls, two sets of cutlery and just one iron pot. Very few of us can imagine living a life of such elegance simplicity but it is inspiring!
It’s so easy to be sucked in to thinking you a need a special thing for everything. I remember the first time I realised I didn’t need a juicer when I saw someone in a movie squeezing a lemon with their hands!
I don’t have a minimal kitchen but I’m working on it. This is what I think is the bare minimum. It allows for baking and inviting four people over for dinner. Many items are multipurpose. There’s no coffee maker or rice cooker because I don’t use them.
- large stainless steel soup pot
- small stainless steel saucepan – this is more for energy efficiency
- stainless steel frying pan
- wooden spoon, large serving spoon, sharp knife
- hand beater – I have a highly geared old fashioned hand beater but an alternative is a bamix
- set of six dinner plates and bowls (luxa style ones are more likely to be multipurpose)
- set of six cups, tumblers and wine glasses – I know miss minimalist only has tumblers but I really like to have wine in a wine glass!
- set of six knives, fork, and spoon
- bottle opener, tin opener
- chopping board
- large sifter – this can double as a colander and be used to sift flour
- loaf tin, muffin tin, baking tray
- pyrex square dish – for lasagne, puddings, and pies
- small Pyrex casserole pot with a lid that doubles as a bowl. Not only can these go in the oven, refrigerater and freezer but can also be used as a double boiler inside a saucepan
- measuring spoons and measuring cup