30 days have come and gone since I started my ultra minimalist kitchen challenge. In fact I think it’s about 5 days past the end, and I have no plans to go back.
The most shocking revelation of all? I ended the challenge with fewer things than I started with.
If you want, you can see refer to my first challenge post to see my original ultra minimal kitchen kit. Here’s the list, with revisions that happened along the way:
- Deep enameled cast iron skillet with tall lid
- 2 silicone potholders
- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
- Wooden spoon
- Fork exchanged for chopsticks
- Can opener
- Pepper Mill was barely used. At the end of the challenge I swapped in a smaller one that turns upside down to grind so no mess underneath. I’ve been using this one a lot.
- Water filter pitcher
- 2-cup measuring cup
- Small stainless steel bowl (This is next in line to be ejected for non-use)
- Low bowl for eating
Butter kniferemoved because I didn’t use it Corkscrewremoved because I did a February “no alcohol” project Coffee potwas swapped for a stove top espresso maker which was used almost every day of the challenge, but removed toward the end because I’m eliminating caffeine for a while Coffee scoopremoved when I switched to the espresso maker Strainerremoved because I’ve adjusted my eating habits and don’t really use it now.
For now, my ultra minimalist kit is what I’m keeping in the kitchen on a day to day basis to cook and eat with. I’ve decided to keep certain items on hand in the dining room, for entertaining or special meals.
Here’s a list of what I’m keeping on hand for now:
- 4 dinner plates
- 4 salad plates
- 4 bowls
- 3 more low bowls (like the one I use every day)
- 6 medium size stacking drinking glasses
- 6 mugs (3 with sentimental attachments)
- 10 tapas plates
- 10 tapas bowls
- 4 short stacking wine glasses
- 2 tall balloon wine glasses
- Stovetop espresso maker
- Large ceramic bowl
- Small white platter that was my grandmother’s
- Roasting pan
- Small saucepan that my parents got for their wedding
- Dutch oven
- Small pot/dutch oven
- The rest of a set of 6 place settings of silverware
- 3 measuring spoons
- 3 measuring cups (measuring spoons and cups in case I am moved to bake something)
- Serving spoon
- One extra set of chopsticks
- Microplane grater
- Nylon turner
- Silicone spoonula
- Nylon ladle
- Salad servers from my childhood
- Wood tongs
- Extra chef’s knife for cooking with a friend
- Salt grinder that goes with the little plastic pepper grinder in the kitchen
- Still deciding whether to hang onto the stick blender
What I did not photograph is every other surface in the dining room covered with stuff to get rid of. Which makes even the long list above a rather extreme minimalization of my things. The fact that everything fits in this one modestly sized china cabinet is testament to that (and the bottom part of the cabinet is empty).
Though there are other things I will miss or hesitate to part with, I actually feel like my backup list is ridiculously generous. It would easily accommodate a cocktail party with up to 10 people, and for any more than that, I think I would just go disposable. I expect to get very little use out of most of this stuff, and to be jettisoning some of it in the future.
Thus ends the ultra minimalist kitchen “challenge!” Conclusion: Ultra minimalist is how my kitchen is going to stay.