Minimalist kitchen supplies list- Essential supplies for every kitchen
Have you ever noticed just how many kitchen utensils and appliances are on the market? It is kinda insane. And some of them are just plain ridiculous (looking at you avocado slicer) and they typically take up quite a bit of space. Whether you are looking to be more minimalistic in your home or you have a small space, this basic kitchen supplies list is perfect for helping you weed out the useless clutter.
I have pretty much always had a small kitchen, but when we downsized our home we ended up getting the smallest kitchen yet! I have learned some small kitchen organization tips, but organization is only part of the clutter equation. We got rid of anything that wasn’t serving us or was a duplicate of sorts leaving us just with the essentials (maybe with a couple of novelty items bc they are fun and useful).
Managing small spaces
When you live in a small space, organization is life giving, truly. But the thing about organization is that it can cover up the true problem leaving you with a bunch of really pretty, orderly spaces but just too much clutter.
This is why you still will need to get rid of stuff. Start with just the basic kitchen supplies then work your way to more items as you have the space. Really look at the items and ask yourself if you use it, if it serves a purpose, and if you foresee yourself using it any time soon. If you need more help with decluttering, check out my post on how to declutter fast!
If you are moving into your first place or starting all over, that is a great time to be really intentional about what you buy. I am sure this makes a lot of sense, but owning less stuff will save you money, more than just the purchase price. Start off on the right foot with these kitchen essentials lists.
Basic kitchen supplies that every kitchen needs
No matter if you are just getting your first apartment or you are dwindling down your kitchen to just the essentials, these are the items that you absolutely need. During my days as a travel nurse, I totally had just these very basics and it was enough! I promise you can do it too!
- 1 plate per person (I prefer a large plate and a small plate, but you could nix the small plate too)
- 1 bowl per person
- 1 large pot
- 1 small pot
- 1 skillet
- 1 nonstick
- 1 rimmed baking sheet
- 1 baking dish (glass or ceramic)
- A few storage containers (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large)
- A divided storage dish for food to go
- A pack of silverware
- 1 cup per person
- 1 coffee cup per person
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Coffee carafe
- Can opener
- Silicone spatula
- Wooden spoon
- 1 large chopping knife and 1 paring knife
- Small cutting board
- Wine bottle opener with bottle cap opener too
Kitchen supplies list for the minimalist baker
I know one thing that I really struggle with in the kitchen is that I am a baker and a cook. I love to cook and bake, therefore, I need extra supplies. Funny enough though, I get by with very few supplies and it is really nice. My drawers could actually hold more, but I don’t need more.
Minimalist bakers, or bakers in small spaces, need very few items and need to have versatile kitchen essentials. If something in your kitchen performs more than 1 task, it is probably a keeper.
- Pyrex measuring bowl
- Multiple sizes baking sheets
- Multiple sizes baking dishes
- Saute pan
- A mixer, can be a stand mixer or a hand mixer
- Firm spatula
- Cake pan
- Mixing bowls
- Citrus juicer
- Grater (get the 4 sided one for a 4 in 1 tool)
- More storage containers, mason jars work really well for a lot of things
- Cast iron skillet
- Thermometers (meat, candy, oven depending on what you cook most of)
- A whisk
Clean cooking kitchen essentials
Perhaps you cook a lot from scratch, well you will need specific items too! I cook most of our meals from scratch and do a lot of canning and freezing of foods that you typically would buy in the freezer section. This saves money, but does take a bit of space. Be sure to add these few kitchen essentials to your basic kitchen supplies list if you are a clean eating fan too!
- A good food processor that can be used to slice, grate, or blend
- Immersion blender for making salad dressings
- Full knife set
- Large cutting board
- Upcycled or reusable glass containers for dressings and sauces
- Glass or ceramic dishes for baking and storing
This basic kitchen supplies list is pretty eye opening right?
In a time when more is better and the market is flooded with “must have” unique kitchen gadgets, it may feel a bit odd dwindling down your kitchen essentials. My best advice is to really pay attention to what you have and have not used in a while. If it has been a while and you really don’t see yourself using an item, get rid of it! Also, get rid of duplicates. There is just no need to hang onto 5 spatulas!
Just as a review, the basic kitchen supplies list is for every person no matter their cooking skill level. The kitchen supplies list for minimalist bakers is really for the cook or baker that enjoys making a variety of dishes (and has a bit more space too!). The clean cooking kitchen essentials are just a few extra items that make clean cooking much easier!.
So, what kind of cook are you? And what is one specialty tool that you really have a had time parting with?