Stone Soup – Minimalist Home Cooking has published the second part of their minimalist kitchen series. Their first article included what NOT to include in a minimalist kitchen; this second article focuses on the essentials of a minimalist kitchen.
While several Tiny House Design readers didn’t agree with all their suggestions in the first article I must admit it was food for thought, but be sure to bring along a grain of salt. 😉
Photo of a Tumbleweed Fencl kitchen taken by Molly & Matty while Jay Shafer was on his tiny house tour.
Baking & Roasting:
Loaf pans nest so in terms of space 1 == 10. That said, in a tiny home there isn’t space for such. I can’t get by without a couple of good cast iron items. The cast iron 10″ or 12″ fry pan is essential for stove-top use and can be used for great corn-bread or as a cookie sheet. If you are cooking in a convection / toaster oven make certain it fits handle and all. Also a good cast iron roasting pan is essential. Not only can you roast dinner in it you can also use it as a crock-pot and bake bread in it. Your loaf’s won’t be exactly squared off but so what. The cast iron can hang on the wall very decoratively, the crock-pot / roasting pan makes a great dish pan for washing up. The stackable / nesting kitchen kit and the camp cook utensils will be perfectly adequate for most meals and take up an absolute minimum of space
Camp cooksets take up a minimum of space and come fairly complete.
Camp utensils provide an easily stored alternative to that kitchen “junk drawer”
You could nest this set of cookware / dinnerware
into this oven for stove-top use
with room for these utensils stored inside, on-top of the cookware
this approach eliminates the need for a separate energy consuming toaster oven and comes complete with it’s own cabinet.
For a completely different approach… Move outside!
For three seasons an external kitchen may be best. Let’s see how to do this.
First custom up a three sided tent addition to the side of the tiny home – I’ll leave tent design aside but a commercial cabin tent with one side torn off should be basically what we want.
The stove cook-top combination can be the same device used to heat the home in winter:
If you want a cooktop I’d recomend the coleman two-burner propane:
combined with the kitchen kit suggested previously from GSI with the Coleman oven should provide a nice spacious kitchen. If you want a nice place to cook you could add this prep station.
The cook station would be unnecessary in winter but could be stored rather easily.
In winter bring the wood stove back inside and run the cook-top on your desk. By eleminating the kitchen you gain a bunch of space back in your interior.