The minimalist kitchen appliances list down the basic appliances to set up a functional kitchen at home for simple everyday cooking. Certainly, the list of items may defer depending on your needs and cooking preference.
Regardless whether you are setting up your first home kitchen or thinking about uncluttering your kitchen, hopefully this article will help you to decide on what to buy, or what to keep and toss.
Here is my personal top five appliances for a minimalist kitchen.
A stove top kettle or an electric kettle is very handy for boiling a pot of water instantly. It is a must-have for coffee-drinkers and tea-lovers. You can have a cup of hot beverage in less than five minutes with a 1.8L electric kettle.
Not sure about you but refrigerator is my at the top of my list considering that I only get to do my grocery shopping once a week. So, a fridge with a freezer is an absolute necessity to store up food for the entire week. Note that most dairy products and fresh food also require the appropriate temperature to stay fresh for a longer period of time. You can also freeze up unfinished food when you cook in batches.
Without a stove, one can hardly cook properly. It is worth investing in a gas stove oven or an induction stove. Both have their pros and cons in terms of functionality, features, and price. For me, I still prefer the traditional gas stove as it is compatible with most cookwares.
Left: Rice Cooker, Right: Steamer
Being a carb junkie, I can't imagine life without rice. But, this humble entry-level rice cooker is not just for cooking rice, it can double-up as a steamer. I've often used it to steam fish / vegetable and cook rice all at once. It's fast, healthy and easy! A more advanced model will have better features for a variety of cooking including cake. There are also many rice-cooker recipes available on the internet.
Finally, microwave oven is one of the best invention for the kitchen. It provides a great convenience for people with limited time to cook as it heats up faster than the stove. I use it everyday to reheat leftover food and quite often for defrosting, melting and cooking small meal.