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:
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:
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:
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!