My Extreme Minimalist Kitchen Experiment

My Extreme Minimalist Kitchen Experiment

With the new year, comes new goals. And with those new goals come some crazy ideas. For example my extreme minimalist kitchen experiment…

As you all know,  I have my ideal minimalist kitchen planned out. It was one of those things where I had it figured out in my mind what I would use if I lived in a really small space. Basically, I planned out the kitchen essentials I could get by with. I wanted to know if I could get by with 13 things in my kitchen.

Which is how I came up with my extreme minimalist kitchen experiment…

My Extreme Minimalist Kitchen Experiment

I decided to put that minimalist kitchen to the test! What would it be like to cook with 13 utensils and dishes for the entire month of January?

Is it a practical list of thirteen things?

I figured there was only one way to find out, and so I am now in the middle of my extreme minimalist kitchen experiment!

Here is a list of the items I planned to use as my minimalist kitchen experiment. (I promise I’m not cheating and buying take out every night!) Below is eleven of my dishes, I also used a Tablespoon and a one-cup measure.


Update International (MB-500) 5 qt Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl

OXO Good Grips Nylon Spoon

OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner/Spatula, Black

Linden Sweden Jonas Peeler Original

Victorinox 7-1/2-Inch Wavy Edge Chef’s Knife/Carver, Rosewood Handle

Neoflam SHARP-N-SLICE Poly Cutting Board w/ Integrated Knife Sharpener and Microban Antimicrobial Protection, Red/White

Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish with Red Plastic Lid – 9 inch x 13 Inch

Calphalon Contemporary Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick Cookware, Omelette Pan, 10-inch, Black

Rachael Ray Hard-Anodized Aluminum Nonstick 3-Quart Covered Saucepan, Gray with Orange Handle

Crock-Pot SCV700SS Stainless Steel 7-Quart Oval Manual Slow Cooker, 7 Quart

Instant Read Thermometer – Best Waterproof Digital Meat Thermometer with Backlight and Calibration functions – Mister Chefer Food Thermometer for Outdoor and Kitchen Cooking


What changed in my cooking:

  1. It forced me to cook simpler.
  2. It made me have to clean as I went because I would need my mixing bowl for multiple things.
  3. In some ways, it didn’t feel any different than normal, especially since my crockpot was my main man.


Would I keep my extreme minimalist kitchen?

The easy answer: no. 

I found that I didn’t have enough bowls/pans/utensils to create a full meal for company. And something that is really important to me is having people over! I love having people over and feeding them, whether it’s an entire meal or just a pile of cookies. I began to realize that I couldn’t accommodate that kind of lifestyle with so few dishes.

What was difficult about the extreme minimalist kitchen?

  1. Not enough bowls for serving dinner.
  2. Having only a single pan so that I couldn’t cook two things at once for dinner. (It would make one thing be cold by the time something else was done.
  3. As someone who cooks every meal at home, I found that I missed my bread pans, muffin tins, and baking sheet. I had no clue how much I used that baking sheet!

reverse minimalism guide

Did the experiment last all of January?

No, it didn’t. I caved at about day 15 and brought out a couple more mixing bowls so that I could make a more well-rounded dinner.

I think I’m going to go back to using all the things in my kitchen tomorrow. I’ve gone through and created my own own minimalist kitchen before, and not to pat myself on the back, but I paired it down to things I actually use. The items in my kitchen get used on a regular basis.

The most rarely used item is my Cuisinart DFP-14BCNY 14-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless Steel

I don’t use this thing everyday, but good grief I wouldn’t dream of getting rid of it. It’s an amazing tool for those days when you make a bunch of freezer meals, or you have big canning projects that need pureed! It’s also fantastic for making a big batch of smoothies.


After this month I know that, yes, I could get by with my extreme minimalist kitchen, but no I wouldn’t choose to. The awesome thing about minimalism is it’s about facilitating the life you want to live. And I happen to want to be a good hostess and feed people! 😂 I also want to cook the majority of our food at home, because it’s a healthier and more affordable option!

What are some things you’ve found are important to you as you pursue minimalism?

Coming soon: A list of everything in my kitchen! You can have a peek inside my kitchen for yourself. 😉


My Extreme Minimalist Kitchen Experiment

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I would seriously reconsider the non-stick cookware and plastic utensils. They both degrade fairly quickly, and to me, minimalism is about exiting consumerism, so in my ideal minimalist kitchen I would have cast iron or carbon steel cookware, and wood or metal utensils, all of which should last a lifetime!

    1. I’m thinking you are absolutely right! My nonstick pan is already starting to lose the coating. And yes! I believe minimalism and sustainability go hand in hand. I’m thinking I should have gone straight for the stainless steel. Facepalm moment. Thank you for the input!!

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