Healthy and tasty meals don’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. The most flavorful meals could be made with simple kitchen gadgets and quality real food ingredients. Here is a list of my minimalist kitchen essentials that used daily.
Did you hear the story? Adulthood happens, you create a family that you start cooking for, accumulate things that you think will help be more efficient in the kitchen, and then you realize that instead of you own these things, these things own you. All of a sudden you know that it shouldn’t be like this. That life could be different and you don’t have to hold onto these things that overwhelm you. So, you give yourself permission to let go, simplify, and keep only things that you truly like to use every day and things that help you live with more joy. This story happens to many of us more often than we think.
After several significant purging and decluttering steps, the following favorite items made it to the “To keep list”. These are multi-functional staples of a functional kitchen where meals are cooked daily. They are easy to clean and almost everything can go in the dishwasher.
Lodge brand Cast Iron Skillet. Great for almost anything, frying eggs, pancakes, simple one-pan dinners, even desserts, and pizzas. The trick to really enjoy cooking with it is to have it properly seasoned.
Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. I love that it can be used on the stove and inside the oven. Perfect for stews, soups. If I had to pick only one item to cook with, it would be this dutch oven. My favorite cast iron brands are Lodge and Le Creuset.
Small saucepan. I picked up our All-Clad 2qt. sized saucepan at Home Goods.
Large ceramic baking dish. Practical size for a family of four plus leftovers.
Stainless steel sheet pan (two of these).
Cake pans (two 8-inch sized).
Two Large Mixing Bowls. I love mine from Idea, there are heavy and don’t slide when mixing.
Stainless Steel Colander. Something that can be hung over the sink instead of having to put it down.
Large mesh strainer. For rinsing grains.
Salad Spinner. Great for washing leafy greens and also perfect for washing small fruits and vegetables.
Microplane and box grater. Could be used for cheese block, garlic, chocolate.
Unbleached Parchment Paper. Time-saver for quick clean up after cooking.
Stainless Steel Whisk.
Two Cutting boards. Plastic for meat, wooden for produce.
Meat Thermometer. Must have for sure.
Sharp Knives: large, small for peeling potatoes and one for bread
Stainless Steel Kitchen Scissors. Often using these instead of a knife to cut the chicken meat.
Quality Heat Resistant Mitten.
Measuring cups and spoons.
Ninja Blender. Great for smoothies.
Cuisinart Food Processor. Perfect for so many things. We use ours almost every day.
Stainless Steel Tea Kettle. Used many times per day.
Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker (for coffee lovers only)
Pyrex containers for leftovers storage. I especially love the square and rectangular-shaped ones.
Wide Mouth Mason Jars. Great for organizing pantry staples. Perfect for drinks, hot tea, smoothie. I learned my lesson and only keep wide mouth jars now on, all tops fit, and it’s pure joy.
Glass Carafe to store homemade coconut milk.
Light-weight, easy-to-wash Dishes. We have the Corelle brand.
This is it! What is your favorite kitchen tool you like to use daily?