When we moved to Our Little House, we had all kinds of kitchen gadgets and tools. Some of them we never took out of boxes when we received them as wedding presents.
The truth is, unless you’re a gourmet cook – which I am not – like most things in our homes, we can get by with a few necessities.
I had already learned this when Our Little House was set up as a weekend/vacation lake home. I had very few things, but everything I needed to cook a good meal while we were here.
Since moving, I’ve found there are some gadgets and tools that are great for small spaces and for cooking for one or two people.
Here’s my list of 7 must-haves for the small kitchen:
1. Teeny Tongs: I found these tongs in a kitchen store, and they are at least half the size of the larger tongs. Dale still uses the larger ones for cooking on the grill, but these are great for turning things in the toaster oven, which brings me to my next item…
2. Toaster Oven: We no longer have a microwave. I’ve always read you should stand away from those things when you’re cooking in them, so I began questioning if, in a space as small as ours, we could get away from any possible dangerous waves. I also do not trust anything that can make a hot dog explode in under 2 minutes. I do, however, love my toaster oven. It saves us from heating up the entire kitchen when we want to warm up a small dish.
3. A Half a Baking Sheet: Whoever invented these is brilliant! When I’m ready to throw out my old big baking sheet, I will not buy another big one. These are perfect for any household with two people and make storage easy in a small space.
4. Measuring Shot Glass: Another find in a kitchen store, this shot glass measures up to 3 tablespoons and eliminates the need for all of those little measuring spoons, which I plan to eliminate when I clean out our kitchen drawers.
5. Small Sauce Pan: I haven’t completely taken all of the non-stick cookware out of my kitchen yet, but when I do, I have two small Revere Ware saucepans. We rarely use a large saucepan for just two people.
6. Small Cast Iron Skillet: I do have larger skillets for frying chicken, but again, for two people, I use the small skillet much more.
7. Cookie Sheet Cabinet: If you’re building a small house, you want a cookie sheet cabinet. Ours is deep, which allows me to store our cookie sheets, cutting boards, food processor, mini choppers, toaster, waffle iron and mixer.
What gadgets do you have that work in a tiny kitchen or are good for cooking for 1–2 people?