Minimalist Kitchen Essentials

August 6, 2018

Anyone who loves to cook spends a lot of time in the kitchen. And anyone who spends a lot of the time in the kitchen eventually gets overwhelmed by the amount of stuff they have tucked away in various cupboards and drawers.

When I hit this point, I started decluttering like a madwoman and eventually whittled my kitchen stuff down to the absolute essentials. These are the 60 or so things that I use on a regular basis and that add the most value to my adventures in the kitchen.

You’ll notice a lot of our stuff is from Sur La Table. Though many of these items were gifts from our wedding, I’ve definitely given into the myth that you need fancy gear to be a great cook more than a few times.

My advice is to avoid speciality stores and buy your kitchen essentials at restaurant supply stores or big box stores. Oxo is a solid brand that is readily available and I love the new Made by Design line at Target. Ikea is also a great option!

One last thing to remember is that minimalism comes in different shapes and sizes. Just because I set up our minimalist kitchen this way, doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Hopefully this list gives you an example of how it can be done and inspires you to create a set-up that makes sense for your lifestyle and budget.

Pots and Pans
Round Dutch Oven by Le Creuset
Soup Pot by Cuisinart
Sauce Pan by Sur la Table
Cast Iron Skillets by Lodge
Nonstick Skillets by ScanPan
Oven Mitt by Oxo and Potholder by Oxo
Barbecue Mitt by Charcoal Companion

Cooking Utensils
Wooden Spoons from Target
Spatula by Target
Fish Spatula by Oxo
Tongs by Oxo
Whisk from Target
Ladle from Target
Potato Masher from Target
Mesh Strainer from Target
Steamer Basket by Oxo

Cooking Gadgets
Can Opener by Oxo
Citrus Juicer by Sur La Table
Grate & Slice Set by Oxo
Microplane Grater at Sur La Table
Vegetable Peeler by Oxo
Pepper Mill by Kuhn Rikon
Kitchen Torch by Zenware

Baking
Baking Dishes by Williams Sonoma
Baking Sheets by William Sonoma
Cooling Grid from Target
Silicon Spatulas by Target
Silpat Baking Mat
Parchment Paper from Target
Springform Pan from Sur La Table

Mixing and Measuring
Mixing Bowls by Duralex
Measuring Cups by Sur La Table
Measuring Spoons by Sur La Table
Measuring Cup by Pyrex

Knives and Such
Chef’s Knife, Paring Knife, and Serated Knife by Wustof
Scissors by Poppin
Knife Sharpener from Target
Small Cutting Boards by Sur La Table and a Large One from Target

Kitchen Appliances
Toaster by Cuisinart
Rice Cooker by Zojirushi
Food Processor by Cuisinart
Upright Blender by Vitamix
Immersion Blender by Cuisinart

Food Storage
Large Rectangular POP Containers by Oxo
Small Square POP Containers by Oxo
Various Glass Rectangular Containers by Glasslock
Various Deli Containers on Amazon
Squeeze Bottles for Cooking Oil on Amazon

If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably thinking, “Really? A kitchen torch and rice cooker are essentials?!” Why yes, yes they are if you live in a house where you eat rice almost every day and get a real kick out of torching the sugar on top of a crème brûlée.

See, that’s the thing, minimalism is really a “to each their own” thing. If something adds value to your life or just sparks joy, then you should have no qualms about having it in your kitchen. Happy cooking!

P.S. A peak into my minimalist essentials for entertaining and other posts about minimalism.