Extreme Minimalism: Kitchenware

Today’s post is another installment in September’s Extreme Minimalism series. After six months settled down, I need some “how-low-can-you-go” minimalist fun! ;-)

Nearly three years ago, I wrote about my minimalist kitchen, listing the small appliances, pots, pans, tools, and utensils my husband and I found necessary for our culinary endeavors. Sure, we could have eliminated it all by relying on restaurants and takeout; however, we enjoy cooking and eating fresh food, and dining out in London was quite expensive!

Our current kitchen is much the same, with a few more plates and glasses for entertaining. However, if we hit the road again, I’m dreaming of a more compact and portable culinary setup. What I’d love: a sort of nesting kitchen, where the pots, pans, plates, cups, and utensils all collapsed into a single container (like a pasta pot).

The closest I’ve been able to find is a camping product:

(Photo: Amazon.com)

 

I love how the lids have integrated strainers, how the dishes have deep sides to accommodate soup, and how everything fits into one big pot. (Just a little hard to imagine eating off these plates everyday–something a little less “outdoorsy” would be nice.)

For those who fancy more-than-camping cookware, here’s a nested set made for boats and RVs:

(Photo: Amazon)

It could also be a good solution for tiny kitchens or limited cabinet space. Add some nesting bowls that do triple duty for prep, mixing, and storage, and you can have a fully functional kitchen with a minimal footprint:

(Photo: Amazon)

But what if you’re hankering to transport (or miniaturize) your entire kitchen? No problem, according to Nojae Park, who designed the Kitchen Drawer for the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition. It packs a mini-fridge, a stove with a select-a-size heating element, a stainless steel prep plate, and a drawer for dishes and cutlery into a compact unit the size of a filing cabinet. The only thing lacking is the kitchen sink.

Obviously, not for everyone—but it can make a small, no-frills accommodation (like a rented room, hotel room, or dorm room) more livable.

Does anyone else have ideas or suggestions for ultra-minimalist kitchenware? Please share!

Related posts:

  1. 100 Possessions: Glass Plates and Bowls
  2. Smitten: The Cupboard-Less Kitchen
  3. What’s in a Minimalist Kitchen?

82 comments to Extreme Minimalism: Kitchenware

  • That last one is so cool – would be great for one of those Tiny House homes!!
    Love the mixing bowls and spoons that nest at josephjoseph, too – used in the New York apartment with the sliding walls… ;)

  • Kurkela

    I am truly very sorry if somebody finds it rude again, because it is not meant to be so, but – is this a hidden ad?

    • Mrs Brady Old Lady

      Agreed Kurkela, seems to me to be like an ad, just like the mattress post seemed like an ad.

    • Vriskie

      I also apologize if this seems rude, but perhaps it’s time you quit following and commenting on this blog. You clearly dislike everything she writes. Maybe you could start your own blog instead of constantly criticizing the work of others? Please remember that this blog is free to its readers and your need to make a negative remark for almost every entry comes across as very disrespectful.

      • Mrs Brady Old Lady

        I think this post is a missed opportunity.
        I’d expect, in post about extreme minimalism in the kitchen, some thought-provoking issues on items we could do without, such as
        * a whisk – use two forks
        * an oven – I remember my grandmother telling me a about a “hooikist”, which is a wooden box lined with wood chips, wool etc, in which you place a meal which then stews gently and is ready at the end of the day
        * a cooker – my mum told me that during the HungerWinter they put a pan of beans in their bed as there was no electricity and by the morning the beans would be warm (hey, we’re talking about extreme minimalism, right? ;-))
        Anybody else got any extreme minimalist tips?

        And please stop picking on K, she’s got the right to criticise as long as it’s constructive, which in this case it is. We don’t want to buy, we want to live without!!!

        • Celia

          Minimalism to me is not “living without” but “living with just enough”. I have no wish to deprive myself, but rather to divest myself of what is extraneous and does not add joy or utility to my life.

          A thought experiment, like this post, is a fun, mental adventure into exploring the possibilities. It isn’t a shopping list, but rather an active investigation in to what is available to fill X need.

        • Karen T.

          I agree, Mrs. Brady. That’s what I was looking for from this post too. Miss Minimalist did make the comment about the integrated strainers in the lids of the camping pots, and about how those “plates” are also deep enough to use as “bowls.”

    • Susan

      I don’t take it to be an ad. Just a few examples of what is available for minimalist kitchens. If you are in the market it may give you something to think about, if not then it is just interesting reading.

    • Jim

      If you’re not happy with the writing on this blog, you should ask for your money back.

    • honeydew

      Sorry, but I think it’s rude too and shows a lack of manners. Unfortunately, too many people today have not had the benefit of a proper upbringing.

      I also think these nasty comments, week after week, may point to some deeper issues. I work in education, and see something of a “bullying” undertone here.

    • Kristen June

      I find it rude again.

      • Karen (scotland)

        Agreed. Rude. Glad others are saying so too.
        This post is of no use to me unless I ever go camping (dinner for 6 just won’t fit in those pots!) but, as we keep saying to Kurkela, it is Miss Minimalist’s choice what to post and we pay nothing to her. She sits at her computer, possible jiggling Plumblossom in one arm, attempting to type one-handed, while Plumblossom keeps trying to hit the keyboard… She doesn’t charge for these posts – please, please stop picking on her.
        If you don’t like it, Kurkela, communicate directly with Miss Mimimalist to give her your constructive ideas, or find new blogs to follow? Its really that simple.

        • miss minimalist

          Karen, I had to laugh, the image you painted here is spot on (especially the part about hitting the keyboard–I think PB knows more shortcuts on my Mac than I do!). Trouble is, now that she’s mobile, she won’t sit still for a minute–meaning I spend more time chasing her than typing!

  • Mrs Brady Old Lady

    Be careful with camping outdoor pots and pans, they are often made from aluminium which is very bad for your health (aluminium cookware is banned in several counties)
    Don’t be fooled by titanium – it’s an aluminium alloy.

  • Rob Dean

    http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_myths_about_alzheimers.asp

    It would appear from a quick Google that the aluminum concerns my not be warranted.

    Titanium is an element; not an aluminum alloy…

  • Sally

    This blog has really brought up some strong feelings of resistance for me. I love the kitchen kit that I have and whilst it might be very non-minimalist for some, it works for me. This is why: when I moved into my current home, I had very limited funds and a lack of cooking kit and I do cook, so I decided to make a game of getting what I needed. I gave my self a budget of £30 per month to buy things with and complied a list of essential things for the kitchen. I spent some very happy lunch hours looking at pans, and dishes and knives and deciding what was worth the money, what was a good design and what would I really use. I had some very interesting conversations in my head about desire for shiny things v a realism that I would never use it so it was a waste of hard-earned money. Restricting myself to only a limited purchase each month meant a) I often spent less b)I’ve bought things that I do use and c) after about a year I’d bought everything I really needed (rather than wanted) and 10 years later, I don’t need to buy another thing. There are two things I bought that I don’t use a) a spaghetti serving spork ( spoon/fork comb) because I discovered I don’t eat spaghetti because it’s too fiddly and b) a large caftiere because when I do cook for other people they usually prefer to have tea after a meal rather than coffee. So they are heading for the charity shop.

    What this game mainly did for me is allow me to make a clear distinction between need and want. Although I have to say I still struggle with those concepts when it comes to shoes…I just want them all.

  • Sara

    This is a fun post! These bring to mind some food carriers that I’ve seen on the net, but these actually take a step further. I mean, it’s also a practical issue, and I for one would love to fit all my pots and pans etc. into a much smaller and more compact place than they do now. We don’t own too much kitchenware altogether, but still, it’s the kind of stuff that takes up a lot of space in a home.

    I recently saw something even more practical than the drawer thing here; Tiny House Blog shared on Facebook someone’s photo of a lovely – and practical – stove-fridge-sink combo and it looked so great! The fridge wasn’t teeny tiny, there were two burners, tiny sink and even a small cabinet for storage.

  • Karen (Scotland)

    I would have sold my soul for that mini kitchen unit when I was first year student in Halls of Residence. We had a shared kitchen room with a sink and a 30 year old babybelling which didn’t work (shocking that we tolerated it, when I look back!)
    We used to hang our fridge items out of the window in a plastic bag tied to the handle we and could only cook items that required a kettle (think Pot Noodles and slightly crunchy Pasta Choices…)
    That wee device would be fine for the limited cooking (some) city-dwellers and (some) students seem to do.
    Karen
    (Scotland)

  • Karen – I had a Baby Belling in one of my first houses – and I loved it (the fact that it was working may have helped!). I also cooked with just a microwave in one flat – everything from jacket potatoes, to soups, stews and curries.

    We have been given so many kitchen and crockery bits and pieces over the years by well-meaning relations, but we ruthlessly thin them down now if they aren’t used, and pass them on (electric steamer, slow cooker etc) or give them to the charity shop – a whole Royal Dalton dinner service that we never used, for example.

    The tiny fridge/hob combo is adorable, but may be more suited to a bedsit or motorhome than a family kitchen.

  • I keep only 2-3 really good quality knives and wash and reuse them over and over. I think it is better to have good quality and less of it instead of lots of cheap stuff in the kitchen, especially if you cook a lot. Good tools make a difference. I read an article about taking all your clothes and putting them in a closet in a spare room and then pull them out as you use them. Whatever isn’t used in a year will get donated or sold. You could do that with cookware.

    • That is a good idea for someone who has a lot of cookware! I do use all of my kitchen stuff, having already downsized considerably, but this would have been great back in the day when I had entirely too much stuff!

    • We were happy to trade our set of Wearever pans for one good and one GREAT cast irons. My Griswold skillet makes me very happy… We haven’t found our perfect knife yet though. What brand do you use?

      • Clare

        I have one chef’s knife, a Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife (also comes in 10 in) that I have been quite pleased with. I didn’t have money to look for the perfect knife, so went with this one which was apparently highly rated by Cook’s Illustrated, and it was very affordable. Some may find it a tad heavy, and the handle may not fit all hands. But it is a non-fussy workhorse.

        • RachelH

          Just have to say, I love Cook’s Illustrated! It’s one area where I’m trying to stay minimal. I thought I was fine on kitchen stuff until I started with America’s Test Kitchen. Now I’m certain I need a Dutch oven, a standing mixer, a chef’s knife…the list goes on. I’m going to refrain from buying for awhile. I figure if I keep feeling like I need these things for long enough, then I really do. If not, the urge will probably fade.

    • Deniz

      I read that today haha what a coincidence!

  • MarieG

    I love ideas like this, but most of my kitchen utensils are already stacked kind of like this anyhow. We hope to move on a boat full time in the near future so we try to live as if we were already on one now in preparation. I am honestly not a huge ikea fan, but we have a $40 stainless steel ikea365 pot set which nests like the above (the cheapest, best set I have ever owned!), two stainless steel strainers (which I can use for making a big batch of tea, steaming vegetables, straining, holding fruits like a bowl etc.) and two stainless steel mixing bowls. We have regular silverware and cups, but use corelle dishes which are shatter proof and stack really small, the bowls into the stainless cookware and the plates on the bottom with the pots stacked on top. We also only have two knives which work perfectly for all jobs. Everything fits into one small 12″ wide x 24″ tall cupboard which is a bit of a necessity anyhow since cupboard space is at a premium in our 700 sqft. house with a really small kitchen. It was built in 1926 – apparently they didn’t have much then either :)

    I have been looking at a stainless steel alternative for our cups and mugs too. Corelle has mugs which I will probably end up with, but they aren’t as large as we prefer. Either way I can’t justify spending the money on new cups right now since the ones we have work perfectly, but we will switch when we do move onto a boat.

  • My pots don’t nest but I limited myself to the minimum I needed to cook what I needed to cook for myself. I have a large pasta pot, a medium saucepan, and a large skillet. No need for two skillets, three saucepans, etc. that come in a big kit. It didn’t seem as cost-effective to buy them separately, but the cost of not having to relocate or house the unnecessary cookware wasn’t worth saving to buy in bulk! I borrowed an additional skillet from my mom once. I also have a Pyrex set of mixing bowls and baking dishes that also serve as leftover storage, and I only have four place settings (still more than I technically “need” but I like having a backup for entertaining when I do have visitors). I love not having an avalanche of pots, pans, and tupperware!

  • Wow! My first thought here is, That’s crazy! But cool crazy. It’s always interesting to see how far people will go–my mind would just never go so far as to think that things like a stove and oven are something to minimize.

  • Henny

    I think Target sells some kind of nesting pots, so there is clearly a demand for it.

    I would love to see a post on minimalist approaches to healthy cooking (sorry if there has been one and I missed it!)

    For example, I love to use my slow cooker (crockpot), and while this clunky old thing is not minimal in that it takes up space etc. it creates 1 pot meals with very little cleaning, and leaves me free to use my time doing other things. So in that way I consider it a minimalist item for my kitchen and could not live without it.

    Initially I had a hard time finding good recipes for the crockpot, as many were like “1 can of cream of mushroom soup…” etc and I don’t consider that healthy, but there are a few good Kindle books and also blogs out there with great recipes that are healthy, minimal and yummy.

    You can even bake bread in a slow cooker. I really had no idea how versatile this piece of equipment can be until I did some digging on it.

  • Robert.Public

    The best thing I ever did to minimize in my kitchen was buy a really great German steel chef’s knife (an investment to be maintained) and learned to use it from a pro – out went the food processor, mandoline, a stupid hand-chopper infomercial thing, pizza cutter, garlic press, citrus zester, apple corer, cheese grater, avocado slicer – I could keep going.

    Anyway, Francine emphasizes the human relationships that are enhanced through minimalism – I concur – make a chef friend.

    • Sarah

      This intrigues me. You can grate cheese with a chef’s knife? Whoa! I wonder if there are some tutorials on youtube to learn some of these things. I’m quite fascinated!

  • Garden.WA

    When I cleared out 70% of my kitchen,it was that my cookware was no longer stacked or pots inside other pots.Now each pot has a place of its own and I no longer waste time having to unstack to use one.For me that made food cooking easier and quieter,I loathe the noise of clanging pots.

    • Karen (scotland)

      Fully agree with the non-stacking. I find stacked pots very stressful! And noisy, as you say. I don’t have a small kitchen but nor is it huge. The only things stacked are same-size plates, bowls, cups etc where I will only ever need the one on top first. I thinned down everything else enough so that everything can sit in its own space.

    • Karen T.

      I did the same thing — I have fewer pots (1 pasta/soup pot, 1 saucepan, 1 large skillet), but that means there’s room for each to have its own spot in the cupboard. No standing on my head to dig for the pot or lid I want! I’ve also pared down to 1 stainless steel colander for draining pasta or washed fruits/vegs, 2 nesting mixing bowls, 1 Pyrex baking dish, a bread knife and a chopping knife that I love (Cutco), a few mixing/cooking spoons, a spatula, and measuring implements. I do have 6 place settings of dishes even though we have only one daughter still living at home, but every couple of weeks our older daughter and son-in-law and my mother are with us for Sunday dinner. I can still set the table for all of us (I have 1 vase for flowers in the center).

  • This is one area where I feel like we’ve found our happy place, in regards to minimalism.

    We have a cast iron saucepan, a cast iron skillet (they can go in the oven, so we don’t have to bother with bakeware!), a spatula, 3 forks, 3 spoons, a butter knife, a good sharp knife, a cutting board, 3 plates, travel mugs, stemware, and a crayon mug for the little one. It’s all quick to wash, the dishes never pile up, and I can cook anything we want!

    On the boat, we use a stainless propane range from Harbor Freight. It cooks better than electric and is much more attractive than a camp stove. We have a small built-in fridge (it looks like part of the counter!), but we often have to turn it off at night, when we don’t have shore power. (Meat can keep awhile in the freezer portion, stored this way. We just avoid chicken!).

  • Michelle

    I’ve been working towards removing all but essential items from our home, but I find the kitchen one of the hardest spots. I love to cook and I especially love to bake, and I find that although I try to only keep one of each item (baking sheet, pie plate, measuring cup, spoons, etc.) it does really add up. We have moved a few times in the last 5 years and the kitchen is definitely the worst offender! But, I find it hard to get rid of these items because I really do use them on a daily/weekly basis. Any tips on how to deal with this?
    I do like the idea above of putting everything in a spare closet/room and pulling out items as you use them to give you a clear idea on what you are really using and what you can do without. I don’t really have a spare closet or room but perhaps putting a box worth away at time might work!

  • KarenT

    I’ve flirted with the living with camping equipment and furniture idea, but I just can’t get on board. It’s not a comfort or luxury issue (I’ve lived in tents with less quite happily). It’s the materials: cheap metals and so much plastic. These are great for intended short-term use (light-weight, relatively affordable, etc). I just wouldn’t feel comfortable using them long-term.

    A tip to those who use stacking cookware: throw a washcloth or clean rag between each pot and/or pan to prevent the rough bottom from scratching the inside surface (this is especially useful for non-stick coatings). You can even reuse some cardboard packaging cut down to size. Thanks for the post! It was a nice prompt for me to re-evaluate my kitchen’s versatility and efficiency.

  • Lorna

    I get minimalist inspiration from a variety of sources and our fore-mothers who went through the rationing and austerity of the 1940s and 1950s have taught me so much about thriving on less. One example is I have around half a dozen old jam jars. I use them for one portion left-overs (as they are heat proof can be used for reheating in steamer, saucepan or oven), individual salads, small batches of homemade jam and pickles from foraged or cheap fruit, homemade ghee, home mixed curry powders and other spices, small amounts of good tea. I really could go on. They are green, multi functional and when I have too many or move,I recycle them.

  • Lorna

    Forgot to say, they are robust enough to be put in your bag with the afore mentioned salads and left overs and used for picnics and work lunches. No plastic… What’s not to love!

  • We cook daily from scratch in a kitchen not much bigger than an airline galley. If I had to jettison most of our cookware, seven utensils / items would make the cut. They are:
    1. Our steel flat-bottomed wok (with a lid). It is simply the most versatile pot in our kitchen. Because it has a rim diameter of 16″ or so, tapering to a flat bottom of 6″, we can (and do) use it as a small skillet to fry or scramble eggs, as a saucepan, as a saute pan, as a soup/pasta pot, as a steamer (with the addition of a steamer basket) and as a prep/mixing/salad bowl. We can take it camping and cook over a fire with it; it can hang by its handle. It’s basically nonstick when it’s well seasoned. Love it.
    2. My Le Creuset Dutch Oven. Soup pot, braising pot, bread-baking pan.
    3. Our 9″ seasoned cast-iron skillet. It can double as a cake pan, as well.
    4. Our 2 quart Le Creuset sauce pan. Durable, perfect for cooking cereals, sauces and reheating small amounts of soups.
    5. My Global-brand Japanese Nakiri chef’s knife. This is a forged knife with a handle that isn’t riveted on — it’s an integrated part of the knife. I find it easy to use, well-balanced, strong, and we dont’ have to deal with the rivets popping off and the handle breaking, which has been a huge issue for us with other knives, even “good” brands.
    6. A corkscrew.
    7. A large, rimmed, steel cookie sheet (a half-sheet, as full sheet pans don’t fit in home ovens). These are impossibly useful, doubling as prep surface, cooking surface, storage surface, baking sheet.

    I tend to prefer extremely durable workhorses in the kitchen, and to lose patience with less-utilitarian objects. I find camping gear too lightweight to be as durable as I want and need, and find that it also lacks a lot of the thermal and cooking properties I want in my home pots and pans. So it’s not worth the money to me. If I was a backpacker, I’d feel differently, since I doubt lugging my cast-iron skillet around would be worth it to me at that point.

  • I made a horrible, horrible omission in my previous post. There are 8 items I would purge down to, not 7.

    Number 8 is my bundt pan. It serves no true useful purpose, but I’ve loved bundt cakes forever — it’s better in a Bundt! — and I’m not giving it up.

    • Sarah

      That made me laugh! I have my grandma’s old Bundt pan, and I agree! It may take up a lot of room, it may seem trivial, as non utilitarian as they come, but nothing can take the place of a cake or monkey bread baked in a Bundt!

  • [...] out occasionally for some off-the-beaten-path food experimentation. However, a recent post at Miss Minimalist got me thinking — what’s my bare-minimum kitchen kit and kaboodle look [...]

  • Jenifer

    We do well with a minimal kitchen. We have one iron skillet, one pot and lid, one crock pot. Each one gets used daily in some way or other (we make a lot of bone broth). We have a wooden spoon, wooden spatula, 4 knives and kitchen scissors.

    We have one big mixing bowl (all we need really), and one pie plate (used twice a week to make quiche).

    For dishes, we currently have 4 glasses, 3 mugs, two serving plates and three small plates and three bowls, plus cutlery for 3.

    I look forward to my dishes coming from the US: cutlery for 6, plates for 6, bowls for 6, three serving platters, one awesome eva-solo tea pot, one bodum coffee press pot.

    These will replace our current stuff, which is breaking rather systematically. Also, it will allow us to have a few guests (which we enjoy fairly regularly). It’s all hand-made pottery as well, which is my preference.

    A friend of mine is making a fruit bowl and drinking cups/mugs out of clay for us to go with our dishes that are coming.

    And then we are good to go. This works well for us.

  • Mrs Brady Old Lady

    I’m looking into letting go of my Brita water filter. The tap water here tastes VILE so I have to do something. My gran used to boil water before drinking. I’ve tried that too, and guess what, after a night in the fridge boiled water tastes fine! Anybody any minimalist suggestions about getting rid of the scale? (Calcium I mean, our water’s very hard)

    • I don’t know how minimalist it is, but we put an in-line filter in our system, right after the water tank. It filters all water before it even goes through the pipes. We’ve had a LOT less scaling since we did that. And it’s a lot cheaper and easier than using a Brita.

      Boiling wouldn’t get rid of hard-water nastiness, since it just kills microbes.

  • I came back to see what other people had in the way of ideas and recommendations and was surprised to see the discussion on advertising re. criticism – much to my surprise. Surely that is what we are all interesting in – ideas and recommendations?

    As far as buying newer items is concerned, I find recommendations useful for my young adult children, relatives and friends, so that when they are starting out they can be minimalist and efficient right from the start. For myself, I use almost all the same stuff I got when I first set up house 25 years ago, actually probably less because I’ve decluttered what I didn’t use and only rarely have to replace something.

    I was also surprised to see criticism of aluminium, which I’d not heard before. My grandmother has used aluminium pots and pans for the last 75 years and it doesn’t seem to have been a problem.

  • Sarah

    I agree with the above comments about not stacking my pots. I’d rather have fewer pieces than have to unstack my pots and pans.

    That being said, I recently moved and have a glass-top stove. Any recommendations?? My old stainless steel doesn’t seem to work- everything sticks. I’d like to avoid non-stick surfaces, and I don’t know how cast iron would work on glass. Thoughts???

    • Amy

      I have a glass-top stove and we use two cast iron skillets often. They work fine. One suggestion, I use baking soda and vinegar to clean the stove top- works great.

    • Karen (scotland)

      Is your glass top maybe an induction hob? I don’t have one myself but my MIL has one and had to change many of her pots and pans. Pots and pans should have a label telling you what type of hobs they can be used on.
      Or maybe it’s just a glass hob, in which case, I have no idea…
      :-)

  • I love the tiny stove/filing cabinet thing. If I wasn’t trying to go minimalist, I would buy one anyway.

  • allyblue

    I started baking a couple of years ago and needed kit, but did not want to get carried away with the vast amount of bakeware available. I asked for the Joseph and Joseph nest set for a birthday gift and it has been brilliant. It has bowls, measuring spoons (English and US) a sieve and a colander and I’ve used it loads. It stacks neatly and looks attractive – in my last kitchen I had no cupboard room and stored it on show.

    I love having ‘one’ thing which does so much. Otherwise I find I’m mostly annoyed by how much unnecessary kitchen and bakeware is available and how much of it is promoted as ‘essential’ or ‘must have’, when it’s nothing of the sort. I have several friends with kitchens full of stuff they rarely if ever use.

  • RachelH

    I’m all for minimal, but I think using camping stuff as regular kitchenware would really get on my nerves. When I can afford to replace my ragtag kitchen gear, I am definitely going to look into nesting as much as possible, though.

  • Kim

    You might look at the Ezistore Stackable 10pc Stainless Steel Cookset from Target. If I didn’t have a perfectly serviceable set, I would invest in these at $125.

  • Juniper

    Hi, for nesting pots with a detachable handle, look at Cristel stainless steel pots http://www.cristel.com/cristel.php?lang=en Disclaimer: I don’t own any (because I already had enough pots by the time I discovered them and didn’t want to spend any more money) and don’t benefit from anyone buying them, just thought you might be interested as they are nesting, work with any kind of stove, and attractive. I tossed my teflon pans and now use plain steel pans, which are excellent for browning meat and which develop a non-stickish surface when seasoned and used. They will rust if you let them sit in water so I wash gently right away with minimal soap and minimal scrubbing (to keep them well seasoned) or if I can’t wash soon I leave them to sit dry but dirty.

  • Hi,

    I might have posted something about it here a few months back, I don’t remember… But if you are interested in a kitchen where pots and pans fit into a tiny space, you can look into Tefal Ingenio: it’s a set of pots and pans with a single handle you can take from pot to pot so everything stacks up neatly.
    The only thing is, it’s not super light weight, but it you’re settled in a small place, it’s really good quality kitchenware, so it’ll last you a good while. We just purchased a set with my husband to replace our current pots that are getting old and we’re still pondering whether we want the buy the pans too, but if my kitchen was any smaller than it is now, I just might have to.

    Here is an example of what it looks like:
    http://www.tefal.com/All+Products/Cookware/Non+stick+cookware/Products/Ingenio+4/Ingenio+4.htm

    I know there are other brands that offer the same type of stackable kitchenware with a separate handle for discounted prices (I think). It’s a pretty sturdy handle, once you get the correct angle to clip it in, and if you ever need another handle, they only cost about 10 bucks.

    Anyway, good luck and keep us posted. I am interested in paring down myself (which I have started to do pretty drastically, and so far it’s going well), so any new ideas on the subject would be greatly appreciated, especially tricks for those super duper minimalists who don’t own a place but rent one! :P

  • Oh, also, if there was only ONE item that I was able to bring with me as a kitchen item, I would bring my rice cooker, because you can make so many things in it!
    Just the other day, I made yogurt in it! You can also make bread, sauté stuff and of course, cook rice and steam vegetables.
    So maybe instead of several pots and pans, all you need is 1 pot, 1 pan and 1 rice cooker! :P

    Good luck!

  • [...] I ultimately had my “Ah-ha!” moment, and it was all thanks to this article… http://www.missminimalist.com/2012/09/extreme-minimalism-kitchenware/. I know, that seems like a silly article to have an “Ah-ha!” to, but  the simplicity [...]

  • I live with my family (6 total) in a small apt in China. We regularly host 20-40 people in our house. We have a 2 burner stovetop and subsist on a big and small wok, and 3 pots. Oh and my can’t-live- without crepe pan from Williams Sonoma that’s 15 years old and a must for Saturday breakfast crepes. The Chinese can’t be beat for minimalism in utensils–you can do 90% of cooking and eating with chopsticks, so if you want to ditch your whole silverware drawer and replace it with a mug with a few chopsticks, go for it! Then you just need a few spoons, a spatula and the ultra chinese butcher knife. Plus, old chopsticks declog drains, toilets, serve as lost shelf screw-holders, shims, under-the couch retriever, egg scrambler, and so much more! Love this blog!!

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