Our tiny kitchen is less cluttered since starting our journey to minimalism, but there are a few essentials I’m keeping in my minimalist kitchen. These simple and classic items could also make great gifts for the minimalist in your life!
I’ve had my share of space-hogging kitchen appliances that I almost NEVER used, the quesadilla-maker, the panini press, the meat slicer, a cherry pitter. Yes, that’s right… I owned a cherry pitter, and did not use it even ONE time. If you do USE these appliances, this is not a judgment on you! I had these items and never used them! Thankfully, most of these are behind me now, and our tiny kitchen is quite a bit less cluttered, but there are some things I’m keeping in my minimalist kitchen.
These are the top 8 kitchen items I have not parted with, and I use all of these at least once a week. I actually use many of them every day!
- This one is a given in my book. You can throw some stuff in there, and have dinner perfectly cooked and ready at the end of the day? Sign me up.
- I like the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker, because it has clasps that keep spills from happening, and it’s a GREAT value at that price.
- I use my blender at least once a day, for a berry/green smoothie (click for recipe). Blenders are also great for whipping up salad dressings, frappes, shakes or other recipes
- I use this KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, and it works GREAT, without splurging on the more expensive Vitamix or Blendtec. (Plus it comes in TONS of fun colors – see the link above)!
- This is one item I probably use about once a week, for nut butters, hummus, or other recipes, like these amazing Peanut Butter No-Bakes (click for recipe).
- My husband and I got this SAME Cuisinart 14-Cup Food Processor for a wedding gift 10 years ago, and it’s still in GREAT shape. This is one thing we’ve used over and over, including the slicing and shredding attachments, and it makes cooking (especially large batches) so much easier!
- I did a ton of research on water filtration systems before we bought one, and wanted something that would filter out heavy metals, antibiotics, fluoride, chlorine, and more, but still leave in the healthy essential minerals.
- This TRAVEL Berkey Water Filter System does it all, and takes up just a small amount of space on the counter. It holds a little over a gallon of water, and I refill it several times throughout the day. I recommend the Berkey Stainless Steel Wire Stand to go with it.
- Ok, so this one is technically four items, that take up very little space. Our minimalist “coffee bar” takes the place of a coffee maker, an espresso machine, and a milk frother. It is just these three small stove-top coffee items, plus the filter, which is stored inside the dripper! (Read more about making pourover coffee in the post here). I love using stop-top appliances whenever possible, because they save counter space in my tiny kitchen!
- We use this Porcelain Number 4-Size Pourover Coffee Dripper – this is used to make up to a full pot of coffee, along with the reusable filter below. I brew into a mug for a single serve, or a quart-sized glass mason jar.
- I recommend the Cuisinart GTF Gold Tone Filter – no more buying paper filters! I store it inside the pourover dripper above, so it doesn’t take up extra space!
- This Stainless Steel Milk Frother can be used to heat milk on the stove (without the lid), and then the lid has a plunger with a double mesh screen. When moved up and down, it creates rich, frothy milk.
- The Bialetti Moka Express 3-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker might be my favorite kitchen gadget. It makes two 3-oz servings of espresso on the stove (equivalent to 4 shots of espresso). You can also buy it in other sizes, if you’d like to make a different amount.
- I probably don’t have to explain this one. I use it for tea, and to make pourover coffee. It’s an essential at our house.
- This Cuisinart Aura Stainless Steel Stovetop Teakettle is a simple and durable kettle that will last a long time. Or you could go with an electric kettle like this Zell Stainless Steel Electric Kettle for a quick heat-up and automatic shut-off.
- This one surprised even me. Before I owned a stand mixer, I thought they seemed bulky and took up a lot of space to do something that a hand-mixer could do. But after receiving one as a Christmas gift, I enjoyed using it so much (and it makes baking so easy), that I actually bake a lot more. It’s great to be able to get out ingredients or work on the next step, while this thing mixes on it’s own. And clean-up is super easy too!
- I use the KitchenAid Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Stand Mixer, and it can take the place of several other appliances as well, with the optional attachments.
So that’s it. These are the kitchen items I use the most and plan to keep in my minimalist kitchen. Have you gotten rid of most of your kitchen appliances, or do you still have some favorites that you use all the time? Share your favorites below in the comments!