Essential Tools for a Minimalist Kitchen

Moving into a home or apartment does not require an extensive kitchen. In fact, even if you are redoing your kitchen, you can cut down on the expense by opting for a minimalist style. No matter what style you choose though, these following tools are really necessary.

The Refrigerator and Freezer

Of course, you need a cold place to store your fruits, vegetables, dairy products and more. A fridge protects your meats from spoiling. Without a refrigerator, there is almost no point in having a kitchen, unless you eat only canned items, which is not the healthiest option. If you’re living in a tiny apartment or tertiary school housing unit, select a mini-fridge to hold only the essentials.

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A Sink

Some people will say that you absolutely must have a dish washer, but this simply isn’t true. People survived for centuries upon centuries washing their dishes by hand, and you can do it too. Therefore, in order to keep everything clean, a sink is a necessity. Even if you are using all disposable plates, cups, napkins and so forth, you still need a sink in the kitchen. Many of the foods you touch, raw meat and raw eggs for example, contain dangerous bacteria. Immediately after touching them, you need to thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water to prevent the spread of bacteria.

Oven and Stove

Much like the fridge and freezer, the oven and stove are really two necessities for the kitchen. Without them, you will not be able to cook any of your foods! If you are really on a tight budget, you could look for a very small unit. Preparing a meal for 30 people will likely be impossible, but you’ll be able to make yourself some healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Of course, when money is really tight, you could use the barbecue or portable grill until you save up enough for some new appliances.


All of those fancy tools that people have in their kitchens are really not necessary. When you break cooking down to the core, so many methods exist that allow you to make foods without an expensive contraption. Once all of that yummy food is prepared, no matter what method you employed, you need some plates to put it on. Knives, forks and spoons are all necessities in the kitchen. It’s a good idea to have a number of sets of these, so you don’t have to constantly wash them. When you host a lot of parties, you could opt to have a more formal set in addition to your every day set.

It’s not necessary to spend thousands to have that a functional kitchen. Sure, your kitchen might not be the fanciest on the street, but at least you have the necessary tools and accessories, plus you have extra money in your pocket. You can always upgrade or add new appliances down the road.

Author Bio: Tyson is a chef at Deckhouse Woolwich Restaurant in Sydney, Australia. Tyson believes that you don’t need a lot of fancy equipment to be a top chef, and that a few quality tools will do just fine.

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