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Unread 07-21-2015, 07:08 AM   #1
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Tips for Small Kitchens?

I'm sure I'm not the only one here who has a small kitchen and all the woes that go with it; small fridge, very little cupboard and countertop space, etc. So I thought I'd open up a thread where people can share little tidbits that they've found or discovered that help to maximize the use of a small kitchen space. (Also, I'm hoping this will help me.)

I'm thinking about picking up a wooden table to sand down and use as a prep table.
Also, thinking about putting hooks in the ceiling and trying the pantyhose-for-onions trick.

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Unread 07-22-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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1. reduce the amount of stuff you have. you can have very few tools that are multipurpose. (i absolutely kept my stand mixer, which some people say you don't need. i say you don't need those people.)

2. invest in a large bamboo cutting board. (i mean LARGE.) my counter space is all chopped up, so if i need extra table room, i lay the cutting board across the range. granted, it only works if you aren't using the range at the moment.

3. buy S hooks and use them. i have to remodel my kitchen - honestly have to - so i am not using any of the cabinets. i have some chrome industrial shelves in the room off the kitchen, and i have all of my pans and skillets and my two metal cooking utensils hanging from S hooks. the rest of my cooking utensils are wooden and are in a ceramic canister on the counter.

4. reduce the variety of dried goods you have on hand, and keep them in nice containers, instead of boxes. if you want to cook with something specific, go buy it. otherwise keep your staples to a minimum. i keep mine in glass jars (anchor hocking, target - $6 or less depending on the size) and that keeps my supplies looking nice enough to have out on display 24x7.

hopefully this is a helpful starting point!! my last kitchen was a little side room in 395 sq ft of living space. my current kitchen is situated in a 1500 sq ft place, but it's a cramped little galley kitchen (more like a hallway) so i totally understand small kitchens!
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You don't need a toaster or a microwave. Just use your oven. If you live reasonably close to a supermarket, you can shop more often. Get some exercise and walk your groceries home.
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We don't have a microwave. Sometimes this makes life a little inconvenient, but overall we have adapted to using stove for everything. And, it does make it a little more difficult to eat junk food.
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We don't have a microwave. Sometimes this makes life a little inconvenient, but overall we have adapted to using stove for everything. And, it does make it a little more difficult to eat junk food.
Would a toaster oven work for you guys?
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Would a toaster oven work for you guys?
We have a rice cooker and a portable gas stove. If we run out of gas we cook over sn open fire.
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We don't have a microwave. Sometimes this makes life a little inconvenient, but overall we have adapted to using stove for everything. And, it does make it a little more difficult to eat junk food.
We didn't have an oven for a few months, so I had to learn how to do this.

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