Minimalism isn’t just the concept of less is more; minimalism means quality over quantity. So, how do you have your gourmet dream kitchen while keeping it all zen and minimalist? It is simple, any good chef worth their salt will tell you all you need is a good knife and a pot or two. Okay, okay, it’s not that simple. But, it is simpler than you may think!
Here is a quick guide to all the gadgets you need without the clutter.
1. The Basics
When you think of a beautiful meal, what comes to mind? Plates and cutlery of course; the very basis of memorable arrangements of food on esthetically pleasing dinnerware. For the chef or aspiring home cook, it is all about the chop and prep work.
There are a few essentials that every kitchen needs, such as a good quality knife, a chopping board, sturdy pots that stand the test of time, and a few appliances that do not crowd the kitchen out.
2. From earth to stoneware
When it comes down to plates and bowls, invest in quality crockery, the good stuff that won’t chip or stain after one wash. Minimalism is a concept designed around less is more, that includes less wastage and lowering the need to replace crockery regularly through breakages.
Choose a sturdy and durable design; hand-painted plates often require gentle hand washing. Don’t be scared to shop around; plates with thin edges tend to chip a little more easily.
3. A pot is a pot, right?
From stainless steel to cast-iron, how do you choose a good pot? High-quality cookware comes in all shapes and sizes. What you should consider are a few of the questions below:
Who are you cooking for? The number of people you cook for daily will help you decide what size pots you should invest in. Singletons can get away with the very basics, but if you have a big family go for medium to large pots and a large pan.
What do you mostly cook? If you mostly cook hearty stews and warming curries, invest in at least one large, deep pot.
Importantly, how much space do you have? When purchasing kitchen equipment, you should consider how much space each of the individual items will take up. Will you stack your pots, or will you hang them from the center island? After you’ve explored these important factors, you will be a lot closer to the ideal pot for you.
4. Quality over quantity
Kitchen equipment is usually an investment, so it is worthwhile looking into items that are not only cost-effective but made of sturdy, sustainable materials that stand the test of time.
Stoneware plates are usually a little more resilient than the more delicate ceramics and china options. They are not as likely to chip. Functionality and durability do not mean you have to sacrifice style. From simple colors to gold trims such as the StoneLain collection, your taste does not have to compromise.
When it comes to cookware, there is nothing more versatile than cast-iron. Cast-iron such as the range at Uno Casa can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. This is perfect for the discerning minimalist. They don’t scratch, and you can cook just about anything in them from a fried egg to a pot roast.
5. Amazing appliances
Do you really need a rice cooker? Or will a saucepan do the trick? A general guide when shopping for appliances is to buy ones that will not only be used regularly but ones that you have space for and truly need. Some might consider a small coffee-maker as highly important and give a large bread maker the skip.
Anyone who enjoys baking does not have to rule out purchasing a stand mixer; there are several multi-purpose stand mixers with blender and food processor attachments. This kind of kitchen gadget is an excellent option for those who would like an all-in-one solution for the kitchen without purchasing 5 different appliances. The Kenwood Titanium has a meat grinding option along with a high-speed blender attachment.
Finally: get rid of mindless clutter!
Most importantly, here is how you trim the fat off the clutter. If you haven’t used it in around 6 months, or only ever use it when your aunt comes to visit, consider letting it go. It may be difficult to say goodbye to some appliances, there is often no real need to hang onto large a slow cooker.
Nothing should go to waste; donate any items you are getting rid of to your local thrift store or even the local nursing home.