Do you love a minimalist aesthetic or simply tired of spending thousands to outfit your kitchen? Invest in these five kitchen tools and ditch the rest without sacrificing your ability to prepare great meals.
#1: A TOP-NOTCH CHEF'S KNIFE
If you could only keep one kitchen tool at your disposal, the chef’s knife would be the best choice. Luckily, a minimalist kitchen still leaves plenty of space for other tools, but a sharp, 8-inch chef’s knife will help you whittle down your knife collection to one or two extra.
Find one with a comfortable handle, look for good quality paring and serrated knives, and donate the rest of your knife collection to goodwill.
You don’t need to invest in a high-end option—mid-range chef’s knives last for years with proper care and sharpening.
#2: AN INSTANT POT (OR ALTERNATIVE BRANDS)
The Instant Pot is a multipurpose tool that can slow cook, pressure cook, saute, steam, and more, taking up just one spot on your cupboard and counter rather than 5+ different tools.
Better yet, an Instant Pot is safer than traditional pressure cookers and offers energy savings of up to 70% compared to other cooking methods. It’s a win for your minimalist kitchen!
#3: A FEW GOOD-QUALITY CUTTING BOARDS
Don’t be tempted to choose just one cutting board. To avoid bacterial cross-contamination, you should have different cutting boards dedicated to meat and fish than the ones you use to cut fresh fruits and vegetables for sanitary purposes.
Plus, you may want a separate board for your garlic, onions, and other intense flavors that won’t affect the flavors of delicate foods like strawberries and pineapple. Garlic fruit? No, thank you.
Invest in three good-quality cutting boards and keep your minimalist aesthetic with matching ones that easily fit side-by-side in the cupboard.
#4: A CAST-IRON DUTCH OVEN
Minimalism is all about maximizing each item’s use. Enameled cast-iron ovens can be used on the stovetop or in the oven to make soups, cook casseroles, and even bake bread. The base can even double as a skillet in a pinch.
Coming in a rainbow range of colors, you’re sure to find one that suits your kitchen and can even double as a minimalist decor piece when it’s not in use.
#5: GLASS STORAGE CONTAINERS
Glass storage containers offer a minimalist look with even better functionality, stacking simply on top of each other and stashed away in a cupboard. Use them for leftovers and bowls to hold your prepped ingredients—they’re both storage containers and serving dishes for lunches on the go.
Getting away from the plastic can also help cut down on your waste and keep your recycling bin from piling over, along with helpful gadgets like handy can crushers. Not limited to the kitchen, can crushers can be placed anywhere around the house to help you keep up with recycling.
Invest in these five simple tools and create a relaxing, minimalist haven without sacrificing your cooking space.