imageAs I mentioned in the last blog post, living in a tiny house will have some obstacles, such as very little storage space in your kitchen. So I’m going to list what I think is necessary, and what isn’t. This can also be useful when you’re camping, or you want to make any kitchen simply feel bigger.

Small items you need: 
4 glass/ceramic plate bowls (life is short, use your good dishes!)
4 sets of heavy silverware
4 (attractive) coffee mugs that you can hang on the wall
1 glass multipurpose measuring cup
2 glass mixing bowls, one large, one medium, and they must ‘nest’
1 glass Pyrex baking pan
1 handheld can opener
1 set of nesting Tupperware or Pyrex leftover containers
2 good cookie sheets
1 attractive cutting board
1 coffee maker & pot (you can make tea in these as well)
1 Lodge Cast Dutch oven (keep this outside in a camping box for outdoor use)
1 Lodge Cast iron frying pan
1 Lodge cast iron reversible griddle/ skillet
1 attractive glass pitcher (for teas, water, etc..)

Small accessories you need:
1 metal pot
1 rubber spatula
1 metal or plastic flipper
1 metal ladle
2 large serving spoons
1 metal potato peeler
1 metal whisk
1 Hand powered juicer
1 good cutting knife (& sharpener)
1 wooden spoon (its not for cooking, it’s for swatting your kids or husband when they won’t stay out of your kitchen)

Appliances you need:
1 apartment sized refrigerator/freezer combo
1 oven w/ a stove top range
1 crock pot (totally optional, but great for active people who are too busy to make dinner)
1 nesting set of teaspoon/tablespoon measures
1 folding colander (optional, but so very handy when you make a lot of pasta)
1 good set of dish rags
1 good set of kitchen hot pads

What DON’T need in your kitchen:
-microwaves
-toasters
-ice cream makers
-pop corn makers
-electronic mixers
-food processors
-any cake forms
-cookbooks (unless it has sentimental value)
-panini presses
-blocks of knives
-espresso machines
-wine coolers
-basically ANYTHING that’s “As Seen on TV”
-doughnut pans (seriously, when did you last use that??)
– paper towels

Cooking without the junk appliances:
– if you can microwave it, you can heat it up on the stove top or in the oven
– if you can toast it, you can use your Lodge frying pan instead
– if you can pop it, you can do it in your covered Lodge frying pan
– if you can mix it with a machine, you can do it by hand with your whisk
– your glass Pyrex baking pans will replace any cake forms
– all your recipes can be stored easily on your phone or tablet
– you only need one or two good knives & a sharpener
– wine coolers can be replaced by your refrigerator
– paper towels can easily be replaced by a dish rag

How to use an apartment refrigerator effectively:
– store your eggs at room temperature, they’re healthy this way, I promise. Especially if you raise your own chickens & eggs.
– store your salted butter at room temperature (it gets soft, but as long as it’s covered so flies don’t bother it, you’re good)
– store your bread outside of the fridge
– store your fruits & veggies & citruses outside of the fridge, not only does it save space, but it reminds you of the food you need to eat before it goes bad!
– peanut butter
– molasses
– maple syrup
– basically any oils
– coffee
– honey (this stuff can stay good for thousands of years! You do not need it in the fridge)
– herbs
– pickles
– soy sauce
– nuts
– vacuum packed tuna & chicken
– dried fruits
All this can happily stay in your pantry, root cellar or basement, which are most likely, bigger than your fridge & healthier for your foods.

Did I miss anything? What items can you or can you not live without? Comment below, and thanks for reading!

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