I love having less. I love the open feeling of our home, the minimal amount of toys, books, furniture, etc.
But then you get to the kitchen.
Having a minimalist mindset, tends to lend itself to good quality food. If we’re not storing up clutter in our home, we’re probably not wanting clutter in our pantry, refrigerator or in our bodies.
As a minimalist, I am aware of what quality of clothing I purchase, how it was made, how it impacts the earth and the people who created it (not just sold it).
I am careful about having good quality toys for my children, and now having a bunch of plastic stuff that will end up in the landfill. I use reusable bags, I have a garden and shop at the farmer’s market and support local businesses.
So when it comes to food, getting high quality ingredients that benefit our bodies and our earth (organic/grass fed) falls right into place with the rest of my views.
The only difficulty comes with kitchen equipment. To make traditional real food, we tend to need more things. Perhaps when Brian and I are empty-nesters we’ll down size the kitchen and eat more of a raw diet, but for now, I still do a large variety of meals. (Really, I want a tiny house!!)
We have taken our kitchen supplies down to our minimum. But to be honest, it doesn’t seem very minimal. I still have quite a lot of kitchen equipment. But without it I wouldn’t be able to cook real food for my family. I know I could change some things, I could have a hand grater instead of this suction cup grater, but I don’t want to spend 20 minutes grating carrots for Simple Carrot Salad.
When looking at the equipment I have kept, I have made sure that I only keep things that are either:
1.) Used every day
2.) Used for multiple purposes
Yearly use items:
I do have a box in the garage with things I use only one season a year. I have an apple sauce maker, and an apple peeler/corer that are only used during apple harvest. I could cut the apples by hand but these tools save me many hours of work, so I keep them.
I also keep my canning supplies, cherry pitter and spare gallon jars (for raw milk) in the garage.
I did let go of the turkey roaster and serving dishes!
There are many “kitchen” things that one can get rid of to live minimally: Click here to read “It’s Time to Get Rid of Your China Cabinet.
It’s important to only have what you use in the kitchen, so you don’t spend precious time digging to find the right tool. For real foodies, that will mean a bit more equipment, that’s okay.
And one nice thing about eating real food, is it requires much smaller pantry space, so having kitchen equipment on the shelves, isn’t such a big deal.
Living minimally isn’t about how much stuff you have, it’s a mindset of contentment and having your priorities where they need to be.
For my family, that means real food and lots of it.