There’s a feeling of freedom in getting rid of clutter, and that goes for your kitchen, too. With an endless supply of food-related tools available, it might seem like you never have a fully stocked kitchen without adding all those extras. But for most people, a minimalist kitchen can still have everything you need to make delicious meals. Whether you want to pare things down due to space and storage constraints or simply because you don’t use half the kitchen tools you own, use this guide to make sure you always have the essentials on hand without needless items.
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A 10-inch skillet is a must-have for every kitchen. From stir-frys to scrambled eggs, you can whip up a variety of tasty dishes in a single pan. The type you get depends on your cooking preferences. A lightweight, non-stick skillet is great for the home cook who wants something that’s easy to use and store. However, some people prefer to go with a cast iron skillet instead. You can use it to make all the same foods as a lightweight one, but these skillets are quite heavy and not as easy to store. Plus, they need to be seasoned, which takes a little extra effort. Regardless of which you select, make sure your skillet can be used on the stove top, in the oven, and on the grill.
A 12-quart stock pot with a lid is another minimalist kitchen necessity. If only one or two people live in your home, you can likely get by with a smaller version. There’s a reason this and other cooking essentials from Amway are such popular gifts for weddings, house-warming parties and other home-related events. They combine quality, variety, and price, making them the best choice for any kitchen. You’ll find that a stock pot comes in handy for a number of dishes, including soups, sauces, pastas, and fried foods. Like your skillet, your stock pot should be able to go on the stove top, in the oven, and on the grill. Aluminum pots are the most popular choice in this category due to their cooking versatility combined with excellent durability.
A cutting board is one of the most important kitchen items. While huge wooden butcher blocks may look beautiful, they’re rather inconvenient since they’re difficult to move around. Plus, they are usually too big to store away, so they take up precious counter space. A better option is a durable yet lightweight cutting board you can move around or put away as needed. This makes it easy to toss in the dishwasher or wash by hand in case you need to clean the surface between cutting different ingredients.
To make your cutting board even handier, choose one that can withstand high heat levels (up to 350 degrees F). This allows it to double as a trivet, which comes in handy when you need a safe spot to place a skillet or pot during meal prep.
One jelly roll or sheet cake pan should be in everyone’s kitchen. In addition to baked goods like cakes and cookies, you can use this type of pan for roasting vegetables, making homemade pizzas, etc. It’s a versatile surface that can be used for quite a number of foods that cook best in the oven. If you’re a serious baker, you may want more types of baking pans in your kitchen. But for the average cook, one sheet pan is sufficient.
A rookie mistake when stocking the kitchen is investing in a whole block of knives. Instead, just get one high-quality chopping knife and care for it well.
Non-Necessary Kitchen Items
There are plenty of other items you could add to your kitchen besides the basics listed above. But many simply aren’t essential for most home cooks. Here are some common items you can skip when stocking your kitchen:
- Food processor
- Electric kettle
- Knife sharpener
- Salad spinner
- Vegetable peeler
Use these tips to make sure your kitchen is prepped for all your cooking needs. You’ll love having the extra space rather than having to find places to store all those unnecessary gadgets.