Even though our kitchen and oven are a lot smaller than what we had before, I still cook just about as much. I may not bake quite as much as my oven is a lot trickier to work with. And we didn’t have a big turkey last Thanksgiving because one wouldn’t fit in our oven, so we had a turkey roast, but that was all we needed for 3 of us anyways.
I typed up some things that have helped me in cooking in cramped quarters. I hope they’re useful to any other tiny kitchen cooks out there.
- I notice I wash the dishes a lot more frequently, because if I don’t, I just don’t have any space for cooking.
- I keep all my appliances up on a shelf, rather than on the counter.
- My kitchen table is often used as counter space.
- When I’m not cooking on the stove top, it becomes extra counter space too.
- Since I only have 3 small kitchen drawers I keep some of my cooking utensils in a holder behind the stove.
- The top of our fridge holds jars of flour, rice, beans, etc… It’s a nice spot that’s out of the way, but I can still get to it easily.
- I buy in bulk and stock up on sale items only when it’s practical. Since I don’t have all the space in the world, there are somethings that are just too big. I like stocking up on smaller things though, like Tabasco sauce, spices, honey and certain canned goods.
- Usually the dish or pot the food was made in is what I use to serve it in.
- I don’t have knick-knacks or vases sitting on my table or counter.
- When we have more than just us 3 eating we have to eat outside or just let everyone sit wherever they find a spot.
- To make things fit in the freezer better I freeze them flat in ziplocs. Then stand them upright like books. (I got this idea from Miserly Moms).
- I try to only have appliances and utensils that I really use. Otherwise they just take up space. For example, only 2 of my cookie sheets fit in the oven, so the other ones I put in storage.
- I don’t cook fancy 5 course meals very often. Usually just a main dish and one or two sides or sometimes it’s just a one pot meal.
- Keeping things organized helps…which is something I’m forever working on.
Basically keeping things as simple as possible is best. But I’ve always liked things simple anyways (I guess cuz I’m simple-minded!). Lol
Any of you out there working in tiny kitchens? What do you find helps?
This post is shared at Tammy’s Recipes for Kitchen Tip Tuesdays.