Whether you’re a seasoned veteran in the kitchen or just getting started, the idea of having tons of different tools in your kitchen may sound overwhelming. Consider moving towards a minimalist kitchen, which can help streamline your cooking situation. In your minimalist kitchen, you’ll want to avoid kitchen tools that serve only one function. For instance, you definitely don’t need a garlic press or an apple corer. But a solid set of multi-purpose tools will suit your needs.
Talk about a multi-tasker! This piece of kitchen equipment is a minimalist home cook’s dream. No need to take up space with a pressure cooker, air fryer, and steamer: this appliance literally does it all. Consider this your new companion for weeknights, busy weekends and for whenever you’re in need of a quick meal.
In your minimalist kitchen, you’ll want to have at least one really good knife to do your slicing, dicing, carving and cutting. An 8-inch chef’s knife is the perfect option for all of your cutting needs—and there’s usually no need to purchase additional oft-unnecessary knifes like a fillet knife, fish knife, bread knife and more. Cut up your fruit for this PHILADELPHIA Fruit Pizza with your new knife!
Glass Baking Dish
Whether you’re cooking a roasted chicken or have decided to make a yummy dessert, a 9x13 glass baking dish is another great multi-purpose minimalist kitchen tool that will help you save space in your kitchen. You can help avoid sticking by greasing the dish with butter, shortening or cooking spray, or you can even line the bottom with parchment or aluminum foil.
Cast Iron Kitchen Set
Cast iron is your friend when it comes to minimalist kitchen tools. You can use cast iron on the stove, in the oven—even over a campfire! It also is super easy to clean and becomes essentially non-stick over time. Just be sure never to use harsh detergent on your cast iron! Test out your cast iron with recipes like Cast-Iron Supreme Pizza and Chocolate Chunk Cast-Iron Skillet Cookie.
No matter what kind of strainer or colander you end up getting, be sure it has multiple uses, or find a set that has nesting strainers. You may need to strain pasta, veggies, or fruit, so try to find one that can be useful for all of the above. Our recommended strainer is dishwasher safe, which is great when you want your clean-up to be as minimalist as you are.
You may have some other must-haves in mind for your minimalist kitchen, but these are the essentials we highly recommend!